Designers of Building Block, a leather bag company founded by Kimberly and Nancy Wu of Los Angeles, reflect timelessness in their S/S 2013 collection. The construction of the bags of leather and their accessories are honest and simple, yet they look like they’re built to last. Its focus moves freely in between luxury and industrial design where utilitarian materials and processes translate into minimalist forms. With the intent of magnifying essentials and editing out excess, Building Block finds continual inspiration in returning back to square one Whether it is in the Business, Rectangle or Dice style, what is really appealing to me besides the minimalism is the versatility of looking formal and professional while being relaxed at the same time.
Lanvin’s line of Mens’ attaché briefcases for their Winter 2012 collection embraces both luxury and minimalism in plush leather for the modern businessman. In its understated classic rectilinear form, I love the fact that it is known as the Gangster briefcase, paying tribute to the ‘money bags’ familiar in casinos during the 60s. The attaché is uncluttered, optimized for organization and its clean design leaves much appreciation for the leather. Even though the colors made available allude to the tradition of its 60s style, its compartments for modern gadgets and peripherals reveal the century it was made for.
If you’re a fan of A.G. Fronzoni’s famous Valextra Premier cases, you’ll probably think this laptop case by Calder is mighty sweet – I know I do! It takes over 35 hours of skilled hand work to create to build and fit out each case. Talk about craftsmanship! Devon, U.K.-based Nick Comer-Calder made it his life’s work to create the perfect case. It took him over three years to finalise the design, choose the materials, and find the right craftsmen and women to work with. The result: leather on carbon fibre cases, showing nothing but dedication to quality and a love for detail. Truly an inspiration.