The leather and wool craftsmen at Hard Graft have entered new territory with this new piece. The Hard Graft 1st Edition Travel Bag is a weekender carry-all designed to fit within the FAA’s carry-on contours. It’s as rugged as it is beautiful, sporting tough Italian leather and wool felt with supports built into the right places. It features the same materials and inspiration that have made Hard Graft a celebrated brand for its wallets and laptop cases. It’s a step larger, featuring enough size to fit a traveler’s important bits for business or pleasure trips.
The Hard Graft 1st Edition Travel Bag features an outer shell of vegetable-tanned Italian leather, folding around an interior case lined in wool felt. Between the outer leather “wings” and the interior case is a series of pouches for accessories. Headphones, books and other gear, as shown, can be stored neatly in these pouches and accessed when the outer layer is open.
The interior case has plenty of volume, enough for several changes of clothes, a laptop, a DSLR and more. This section closes by a center-line zipper that crosses three-quarters of the bag’s shape. When this interior section is closed, and the leather “wings” are closed around the top, the case is fully enveloped but the wool fabric edges still stand out. It’s a nice visual contrast, the leather on the wool felt, one that Hard Graft has been masterfully-exploiting for years.
The Hard Graft 1st Edition Travel Bag is available now for about $1,200 USD. That’ll likely inspire sticker shock in many readers, but consider this– by the time you’re investing in your third suitcase or day bag, this Hard Graft bag will still be in prime shape and still be stylish. Long story short, you get what you pay for.