New York City is known for lots of things, from great restaurants to fancy hotels and an increasingly large selection of finely groomed beards. It's also known for small-batch craftsmanship, and companies like TM1985 are keeping that tradition alive. Founded by former Ralph Lauren art-director-turned-maker Tielor McBride, the brand makes long-lasting bags and accessories using locally sourced materials. From waxed canvas to solid brass hardware, the materials are found in the USA and handmade in NYC. The result is beautiful products like the Weekend Duffel.
The Weekend Duffel is a great example of the brand's ability to make all your other gear pale in comparison. What makes this duffel a better bag? It's made from 100% locally-sourced materials, from handles to hardware. Materials like natural and waxed canvas made from American-grown cotton. The vegetable-tanned leather handles comes from suppliers on or near the East Coast. So does the brass hardware. And of course, the bag is handmade from start to finish.
McBride designs the product out on paper, and then works with a local family-owned factory to get the job done. The bag is hand-cut and -sewn with careful attention to the details: it features a large main compartment, six outer pouches, heavy-duty leather handles, and an adjustable shoulder strap. From weekend getaway to global jaunt, this bag is ready for anything. You should bring some extra friendship bracelets.