Companion Piece: Ernest Alexander Weekend Bag
As summer steadfastly approaches, there is one thing that is at the forefront of our minds: weekend trips, obviously. Often, you needn't take a prolonged vacation in the far flung reaches of the world. Sometimes, a quick two-day jaunt is just the thing to recharge your battery. This, though, leaves you with a very specific conundrum: which bag to bring? The aptly named weekenders are the perfect thing to accommodate just a few days' worth of clothing while simultaneously avoiding any unwanted bulk. New York-based company Ernest Alexander has crafted the most beautiful balance of masculine sturdiness and stylish panache. They offer a wide range of bags and accessories (including ties and belts) but their overnighters have us salivating. The waxed cotton ages beautifully ensuring this bad boy will be around for seasons to come, the soft leather handles are a luxuriously indulgent detail and it fits standard carry-on dimensions so you'll never have to check it in at the airport. Best of all, it's made in the United States -- right in New York City's garment district -- so you're purchase is a particularly patriotic one.
Ernest Alexander Wax Canvas Overnight Bag, $395 plus tax, available at ErnestAlexander.com