11
Jan
If you ask me, Derek (a.k.a., dieworkwear) has the best copywriting I’ve seen in a while for an item on eBay:

Imagine being the envy of your friends when they see you bring this bag to your local grocery co-op, where you fill the compartmental space with ethnical consumer choices such as energy-saving light bulbs, super-organic fruits, and extra-fair trade coffee. Or when you arrive at a dinner party and pull out a bottle of red wine nobody has heard of, or when you’re abroad and take out a stack of Lonely Planet travel guides (a sign that you’re not only exploring this country, but plan to stop at many more). Take photos of yourself at all these places, so your Facebook friends can see your exquisite taste and superior lifestyle. You can then laugh at them for being less than fashionable people carrying yesteryear’s timeless heritage totes, such as those made by Wm. J. Mills, LL Bean, and A Continuous Lean. 
Know that when you’re purchasing this item, you’re getting an authentic Canadian product from an authentic Canadian person (me), who genuinely bought this while he was in Canada. That gives this multiple layers of authenticity, sort of like a bean and cheese dip made with Lucerne’s “Mexican Four Cheese Blend.” 

You can buy his Hudson Bay Company tote bags for $30 each.

If you ask me, Derek (a.k.a., dieworkwear) has the best copywriting I’ve seen in a while for an item on eBay:

Imagine being the envy of your friends when they see you bring this bag to your local grocery co-op, where you fill the compartmental space with ethnical consumer choices such as energy-saving light bulbs, super-organic fruits, and extra-fair trade coffee. Or when you arrive at a dinner party and pull out a bottle of red wine nobody has heard of, or when you’re abroad and take out a stack of Lonely Planet travel guides (a sign that you’re not only exploring this country, but plan to stop at many more). Take photos of yourself at all these places, so your Facebook friends can see your exquisite taste and superior lifestyle. You can then laugh at them for being less than fashionable people carrying yesteryear’s timeless heritage totes, such as those made by Wm. J. Mills, LL Bean, and A Continuous Lean. 

Know that when you’re purchasing this item, you’re getting an authentic Canadian product from an authentic Canadian person (me), who genuinely bought this while he was in Canada. That gives this multiple layers of authenticity, sort of like a bean and cheese dip made with Lucerne’s “Mexican Four Cheese Blend.” 

You can buy his Hudson Bay Company tote bags for $30 each.

24
Jan

Business travel realizations

I never had to really worry about the things most business travelers worry about, because at my old job I drove when I had to travel.

This meant I could take as many of my suits in a garment bag as I wanted with me. I could bring a decent travel iron for my shirts. I could pack multiple shoes into a tote bag. I could have more than one piece of luggage plus a briefcase.

But this whole flying thing means a whole new set of restrictions I never really thought about. At most, I can maybe stuff an unconstructed blazer into my duffle. I have to wear my suit while I fly, unless I want it to be bunched up. I need to actually buy non-iron shirting so I don’t have to deal with creases. A dopp kit is pointless because you just have to ziplock all your toiletries anyway for the scanner. And I really need a go-to shoe that’ll work for at least three days — ranging from formal to casual.

So, I guess I’ll have to relent to non-iron shirts and perhaps a larger carry-on duffle bag that can at least squeeze in another pair of shoes.

++++

A few of your replies:

nealryan said: Shouldn’t any respectable hotel provide an iron and ironing board in your room?

allenluo said: dunno your exact situation, but most of my consultant friends live by the irons provided by almost all standard hotel rooms!

I used to use hotel irons, except I had a bad experience once where the innards of a hotel iron had long-ago rusted and stained my shirt with rustwater. Bad looks. I don’t trust hotel irons anymore.

docbound said: I don’t do business travel, but I’ve kept a similar wardrobe when flying. There are detailed ways explained online on how to fold a suit. It’s worked for me well. Plane attire: shawl collar cardigan, dark jeans, oxford, desert boots/sneakers

I actually don’t mind flying in a suit. I like having the pockets for my EDC and other items I need on-hand.

stylepoints said: I know it’s bulky, but I always fly with a travel steamer. It’s of little use on shirts, but does wonders on wool trousers and unstructured sportcoats. For toilitries, I carry samples from the Kiels counter.They take up zero space. Use the hotel iron

I typically hang my stuff in the shower and turn the hot water on to steam clothing the moment I get into a hotel room. Usually does the trick. 

minimalmusings said: Check out the Redoxx air boss. Fits on any airplane overhead (even regional jets), with bundle packing techniques you can fit a suit (or two) and there is enough room for a week’s worth of clothes and 2 pairs of shoes no prob.

Thanks for the luggage recommendation. 

paulhabeeb: I highly recommend using the OneBag method for packing, if you aren’t already. It’s compact and, if you do it correctly, almost nothing gets wrinkled.

Hadn’t heard of that method before. In order for it to work though, I’ll need a new piece of carry-on luggage with slightly more room. What I’m using now is definitely more of an overnight bag. FWIW, I do travel insanely light. 

badscene said: I find that some decent loafers will go a long way. Easy slip-off, easy slip-on. Also, it may be worth asking Phat Guido his opinion on the matter — he seems to travel ALOT.

Given how long it takes to get through TSA already, I don’t mind wearing lace-up shoes. I have plenty of time to take them off and put them back on. Plus, I don’t like wearing loafers with suits. I think PG packs a whole lot more than I do and probably checks luggage. No way in hell am I going to check a bag if I don’t have to do so.

sashu said: I hear they don’t allow you to wear shoes on Air Force 1 because of George W. Bush

That’s just gross. 

Also, funkypresident added a few things to a post of his own, including getting a reusable toiletry pouch, which is probably a good idea. 

06
Jan

Do you have any gym bag recommendations? Preferably without the swoosh sign (no disrespect, Nike) and not too high priced.

- Asked by bespokelife

What’s a gym bag? 

But seriously though, I suppose it’s all about how much you want to spend and if it’s worth spending a lot of money on something that’s going to end up smelling like, well, a gym bag. 

And I think that’s the reason why people use those semi-disposable nylon pouches at the gym. You can wash them and throw them away without much remorse. 

But, if you want something more sophisticated to carry, maybe consider a canvas tote bag? You can find several cheap options at L.L.Bean and Lands’ End for around $20-$30 in a variety of sizes and options (like a zip-top). 

02
Jan
Do you own so much Brunello Cucinelli gear that you just don’t know where you’d put it all when you travel? Well, look no further: a Cucinelli cashmere travel garment bag. 

Do you own so much Brunello Cucinelli gear that you just don’t know where you’d put it all when you travel? Well, look no further: a Cucinelli cashmere travel garment bag

15
Nov
Anyone know who makes this? Not that I could afford it, but it’s definitely one of the more functional overnight bags I’ve seen. (Although, those are some fugly shoes.)
UPDATE: plywould has some details! 

Anyone know who makes this? Not that I could afford it, but it’s definitely one of the more functional overnight bags I’ve seen. (Although, those are some fugly shoes.)

UPDATE: plywould has some details! 

(via 30andbroke)

11
Oct

Minimal Musings found this awesome John Lobb shoe trunk

You know, if you’re the kind of person who’s just got 27 pairs of John Lobbs all over the house and you just can’t seem to get organized.

(via minimalmusings-deactivated20120)

23
Apr
23
Apr

I'm sorry, I may have made the question too specific - what I was meaning to ask was a good site/ store to buy nice satchels and bags for a decent price.
P.S. I'm a college student so price is a big factor.

- Asked by Anonymous

Check out this post where afistfulofstyle recommended hitting up Army-surplus stores (online or in person) for backpacks and satchels. Those are ramen-noodle cheap.

My other advice is to check craigslist locally. People are always trying to ditch briefcases and messenger bags on there. That’s where I got my briefcase. There’s also always Etsy and eBay, too. I would just search for “canvas satchel” or “canvas backpack” and see what turns up.

22
Apr
22
Apr

Where can I find backpack and bags similar to these?

http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lk15gySKOc1qzixhuo1_400.jpg

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljdg00kydW1qhdqgbo1_500.jpg

- Asked by Anonymous

(Click here and here to see photos)

Wow, I really know close to nothing about backpacks, and only some mild stuff about satchels/bags.

For the backpack, it’s called a “duluth pack" and you can search for it on Google shopping to find something. 

You can get that Yuketen bag at End Clothing. I think it’s really overpriced and I’m not personally a fan of the branding on it.

29
Mar

What I pack for a 3-night, 4-day stay

I travel quite a bit for my job (by car) and thought I’d show you what I pack for an average trip.

For suits, a navy, a dark grey and I wear my grey tweed. Also, my black/white herringbone tweed blazer and a brown donegal tweed waistcoat.

For shirts, one pink, one blue, one white dress shirt for wearing with the suits. For casual wear, one red university stripe oxford and one blue gingham button down.

Accessories: red, green and navy silk knit ties (for the suits) and a navy with red/white stripe silk tie (for casual). Also, various pocket squares. I also pack one black and one brown leather belt as well as one tan web belt.

I only pack my 501s for extra pants, but if it gets warmer, I’ll maybe swap that with a pair of chinos. And obviously, undergarments and socks.

Not pictured: shoes, which include one pair black and one pair brown leather as well as a pair of tan bucks. Also, a trench coat.

I pack this all up in a rolling luggage (overhead size) and put the suits and blazer in a Hartmann tweed suit garment bag.

08
Jan
07
Jan
everlaneshop:

This may be the perfect bag. Here.

Wow. If this bag came in leather, I’d be all over it. It would be nice to pack another pair of shoes without having to shove them up against clothes they shouldn’t be near.

everlaneshop:

This may be the perfect bag. Here.

Wow. If this bag came in leather, I’d be all over it. It would be nice to pack another pair of shoes without having to shove them up against clothes they shouldn’t be near.

(via alexandergrant)

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