Business Fashion: Northwesterner Series Travel Bag Wood & Faulk




The Northwest just seems to sprout local handmade goods like a forest floor grows mushrooms. You've got to wonder why more shops like this don't pop up in New England, although Brooklyn has been a recent hot spot for handmade and crafted work, ranging from small warehouse-style factories, like Wintercheck Factory to one-person studio operations sewing or cutting away in the wee hours...


I'm a big fan of this type of revival in American manufacturing, and I think it's something worth promoting and pursuing whenever possible. 

It's always awesome to support local designers and businesses, particularly when they're doing quality work and creating goods that have total value (both extrinsic and intrinsic, durable and mindful) rather than just economic value (i.e. - cheap but usable, shoddy life span and tunnel view production environments. 

Besides, these guys make really really great bags (and more things, hopefully soon!)

The one I like is the slightly larger version, in the olive canvas and brown leather bottom configuration. Understated, classy, and made to last. Take anywhere, great for weekend trips, road trips, or cross country travels. The smaller, 16" size bags would be great for the office or more of an every day bag.


Here's a description of the new Northwesterner Series from the Wood & Faulk site:

"Made with Martexin Original Waxed water-repellant canvas and fine leathers – they are sturdy as ever, and sure to last long enough for even the next generation to enjoy. I was inspired by the colors and the climate of the Pacific Northwest, but I feel the classic styling is perfect to fit any situation. Available in 16” sizes now, and in the larger 20” coming soon. All of them come with matching straps."

Warning: In all of my reviews of luggage or bags, I am decidedly and categorically against most any form of rolling luggage. Especially for men. If you have to roll your shit everywhere then you either brought too much or your girl packed your bag full of crap that you don't need, won't use, and will look like an idiot lugging your (inevitably) broken wheeled eye-sore through cobblestone streets or dirt roads, sticking out like a brainless Western tourist everywhere you go. 


Pack light and it'll free your travels for spontaneity, trust me. You have no idea how many times I've been so glad I don't have to check in my luggage, wait for it, or go to a hotel before I can explore a city. Makes impromptu rendezvous's and elopements all the easier ;)

I don't see any "D" rings for the straps, but you could ask about them.

If they don't come with them, maybe you can politely ask Matt (the creator at Wood & Faulk) to attach some "D" rings onto the bag for a reasonable fee. Or, damn, get inspired and do it yourself amigo. Maybe make a deal with him and he can source the straps from you, make a little business for yourself ;)



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