High-vis clothing and accessories might be highly practical when you’re on two wheels heading to work on a dark November morning, but they are seldom chic. The founders of minimally branded luggage company Troubadour – Samuel Bail and Abel Samet – have developed a successful business by creating things they felt they needed but didn’t exist: the perfect laptop case, the ideal weekend bag and so on. On November 1, they release the Reflective collection, a limited edition of three rucksack designs (there will be just 50 made of each) using BryteWeave fabric that runs in a diagonal panel on the rear of each bag, contrasting a soft grey – which turns into a bright flash of silver when it catches the light – against a plain black.
“The rucksack is a business staple today,” explains Samet. “We’ve spent years refining our collections to derive form from function, and combine style and performance. These new designs bring the added benefit of safety in low-light conditions. It will help protect its wearer on darker days and nights. We’ve both worked in the City for many years and know the reality of most people’s working hours.”
The rucksack designs differ subtly in shape and size, but all three – the Apex (£185), Off Piste (£175) and Slipstream (£375) – are made with the same BryteWeave material, produced using tiny beads of glass that reflect light, but in the daytime appear as a plain textile.