J. Panther’s RucTote Special Fabrics Series

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J. Panther Luggage Company is one of the most interesting bag makers in the men’s lifestyle space. While there are plenty of women who love J.P.L.C.’s elegant yet rugged tote bags and briefcases, the brand’s personality hits squarely a space occupied by men who both appreciate stylish functionality and possess a certain sophisticated wanderlust. We … [Read more…]

The Ice Block Bag Cometh: Mission Mercantile

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The emotional pull behind the Mission Mercantile brand story is a interesting play on the heritage wares movement prevalent in menswear today. the company seeks to emulate the long lost local mercantile store that was once the heartbeat of any American frontier town. The mercantile was where one might find anything needed for a journey … [Read more…]

11 Things You Need to Know About Man Bags

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Guest columnist Daniel Chamier, founder of Chapman Bags, lays out eleven key points about the importance of knowing your bag and what it’s made of. Why eleven? One word: This is Spinal Tap The Movie. As OTC readers may know, Chapman is a manufacturer of authentically British made bags and luggage for men and women, … [Read more…]

Chapman: Bag Maker for the Field or the Commute

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Balancing practical yet stylish function with the increasing casual-ization of the workday wardrobe is an increasing challenge for men. What we tend to wear for work these days is clearly shifting in a less formal direction. While this is not necessarily a bad thing – indeed, it allows for more creativity and mixing high and … [Read more…]

The Colonel Littleton No. 34 Mailbag

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American leather goods brand Colonel Littleton is a living, breathing example of how products can carry the DNA of their creator. Based in the town of Lynneville, Tennessee, about an hour’s drive south from Nashville, Colonel Littleton the man, has created a company that reflects his values, sense of quality, and deep appreciation for history. … [Read more…]

Keeping Warm with Barbour Accessories

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Barbour is of course best known for it’s waxed jackets. World famous and instantly recognizable, Barbour waxwear has spawned legions of imitators and inspired many to imagine themselves living the life of landed gentry. As a brand, Barbour is both respected for the rugged construction of its products, designed to be loved and abused in … [Read more…]

Lodinatt: A Korean Bag Brand to Watch

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While Lodinatt is a new bag brand to most Americans, the label has been paired with stylish South Koreans since its launch in 2012. The name is actually a compound that combines mixed three Swedish words: Liv (Life), Dag (Day), and Natt (Night). The representation is that Lodinatt bags accompany you through your daily life. … [Read more…]

The Perfect Bag for the Stuff in Your Bag

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Napper Tandy – ntandy – is one brand that always makes us feel happy. Built on a philosophy of surfer chillness and and the value of keeping things simple and basic, Napper’s wares are stuff you actually use. That said, never confuse simple for cheap. These goods are solid, detailed, and without question, made to … [Read more…]

Brand Brief: Linjer

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Off the Cuff has been around for a while – nine years in fact – and for much of that time, we have been on the hunt for great men’s bags. Today especially, whether heading out to the office or running a few errands, men are carrying more gear than ever. Mobile phone, a tablet, … [Read more…]

From Bleu de Chauffe: Scott, The Writer’s Bag

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Many years ago, we were traveling in Europe and noticed the bags carried by many men. Particularly in cities, we saw what can only be described as small briefcases designed in a way that made them seem less for business and more for everyday necessity. Not effeminate, these bags were clearly designed for men – … [Read more…]