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The Easiest Way to Make People Jealous At The Airport: Your Essential Weekend Duffel

May 1, 2017



      Whether you’re making a quick getaway to de-stress or you’re finally taking that long-awaited vacation you’ve been promising yourself, why ruin it all by packing half your wardrobe, filling  a rolling suitcase that  you can honestly do without? Nothing feels sillier than having a gigantic suitcase standing out in the crowd with your friends. And you don’t want to see how big your companion eyes get when you’re taking off for a weekend and they realize you’ve packed for all four seasons. Why be a schlepper when you can just as effectively and easily carry all your weekend necessities in one single bag while keeping all your class intact?


      Let us introduce the workhorse: The Bombardier, commonly referred to as The Weekender. Taking a que from Goldie Locks, it’s not too big (you won’t be wondering what happened to your shoulders the next morning), not too small (yes you can bring that extra pair of boots). It’s durable enough that you won’t need to baby it, yet stylish enough that you will fit right in at the Polo Club, the St. Regis or where ever your travels take you.


      The Bombardier is the perfect shape.  It has a rectangular bottom and is rounded from the top. Rectangular Duffel bags are heavy to carry and the round bags are difficult to pack. The combination of shapes makes this easy and comfortable to carry by hand. As the base is flat and rectangular, it can stay stable even when stacked with other suitcases.


      The bag is crafted from exceptional hand-picked Italian leather. Hohmage is serious when it comes to the quality and durability of their bags. In fact, serious might be an understatement, their founder, Paige, is borderline obsessive when it comes to choosing the best leather available. Every piece of hand-picked vegetable-tanned leather takes months to prepare. Each piece of leather is selected from a part of the cow’s hide that best serves the area.


      If there is one trait a quick study will show for the brand, it is the thought in Hohmage’s details.  The zipper closure, for example, is engineered to run down four inches on each side, not simply across the top. That effortlessly allows for a wider opening, which makes packing easy. As with everything that Hohmage creates, the zippers and hardware are fabricated from solid brass—nothing's breaking here. There’s an interior zip pocket for the all the cords and tie bars you need to keep separate. The bottom of the bag is reinforced with a second leather layer and brass feet, plus the handles are both riveted and stitched to support the weight of whatever you’re hauling around.


      It’s an investment that’s actually worth the money: Unless you’re Imelda Marcos on holiday, let’s be honest - you don’t need more than one great leather duffle bag. Is $495.00 a lot of money for that one bag? Yes. But let's say the Bombardier duffel lasts five times longer than the average bag—and brings you ten times more happiness every time you grab that brass zipper pull. When you start traveling with such style and grandeur, it is bound to turn heads as you flaunt your new and unique duffel through the airports. That's when your investment starts to work in your favor.

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