December 21 2009
I’ve always been a fan of the man bag – for me, that is, not my man. Their clean lines, practical shoulder straps and utilitarian top notes appeal to my most minimalist sensibilities, and this is especially true of men’s travel bags.
One of my most prized bags, for instance, is not my Mulberry Mabel, nor my Prada bowling bag, but rather my green canvas weekend bag, trimmed with tan leather piping and handles, from the small, under-the-radar, traditional English leather brand, Tusting.
This particular holdall was clearly designed with a man in mind and perhaps that is why I love it: it looks as if it was destined from birth to fit snugly into the boot of a zippy little MG, stuffed with checked shirts and cords for the perfect rugged country weekend, and its lack of flashy branding implies that Tusting is a brand resolute on craftsmanship over marketing.
What’s more, it’s as smart, sturdy and polished as the day I bought it around three years ago (and it has seen its fair share of weekends away, believe me). And, as an image on the Tusting website of chairman John Tusting’s own leather satchel – now 20 years old and artfully worn in – proves, this love affair with my muscly masculine holdall is set to last.
The Tusting Weekender in canvas with leather trim is £335 (small), £375 (medium) and £495 (large).