travel duffle by frank clegg
When our buddies at
told us they were taking the train up to Boston and then driving down to a place called Fall River, we asked if we could tag along--because who doesn't love a road trip? The whole trip was based around meeting this guy named Frank Clegg, a man who at the time had no website, Twitter, or anything of the sort. It was kinda mysterious and the whole idea of the meeting seemed really special and genuine.
We're not going to pontificate on the whole road trip experience, but more importantly, let's just say the day we spent in Clegg's workshop was one we'll not soon forget. People throw around the term "hand made" often, but this guy literally made a bag right before our eyes, from hide to buckle.
We're going to continue the ongoing and on-growing story of Clegg and his two sons (who actually work side by side with him), but let's talk first about our favorite piece in his collection: the travel duffle. This duffle is "carry on" sized, which is super important for any travelers, no matter how frequent. The handles and adjustable strap allow for maximum comfort, and even better, it's constructed of harness belting leather, an exceptional vegetable tanned leather that develops a unique and cherished patina. Extra fat liqueurs are added during the conditioning process, rendering a wonderful touch and a beautiful look. Because the finest leathers do not have any surface finish to protect them, these products age over time to become true heirlooms; think classic English saddles. It's available in Black, Chestnut, Chocolate, Green, Red, Tan and Cognac (pictured). With solid brass hardware, RiRi zippers and a double leather bottom, it just might be the last duffle you buy--unless you become a collector as we have.
The good news: since we met Frank Clegg and his sons, they've been convinced to modernize, but only where most needed, which means they now have a website which you can order from
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