A good razor. A nice watch. A great overnight bag. On the list of things every good man should have, a getaway bag is near the top. Naturally, we were thrilled to see the latest from our friends at Hard Graft this week: the Hard Graft Offhand Holdall Bag. It’s a leather and canvas carryall with enough space to store a change or two of clothes, a laptop, a camera and more. This isn’t your typical, clumsy eyesore of a travel bag. It’s the kind of bag that adds to your overall appearance, the kind where you look for excuses to show it off.
They use premium vegetable-tanned Italian leather, heavyweight British cotton twill canvas, plus heaps of love, care and attention to detail.
The Hard Graft Offhand Holdall provides about 23 x 13 x 7-inches of interior space. It sports a laptop pocket with enough room for a 15-inch Macbook. It features a pair of pockets and a divided interior to store things as you please. In short, it’s a nice-sized carryall for travelers who don’t need to upgrade to a duffel. And who wants to check a duffel at the airport anymore, anyway?
What makes the Offhand Holdall special, like any other Hard Graft bag or wallet, is its craftsmanship. Hard Graft has a way with leather. They use premium vegetable-tanned Italian leather, heavyweight British cotton twill canvas, plus heaps of love, care and attention to detail. The result is an impeccable bag that has its own visual character, with no two bags being precisely alike. What’s more, they’re built to last. I have a three-year-old Hard Graft wallet in my pocket that’s as tough as they day I bought it, but it’s taken on a character of it’s own over time. The same will happen to the Offhand Holdall and just about any fine leather accessory you own.
The downside to a bag like this is it’s price tag. At $1,119 USD, it’s quite an investment. That’s the way you should look at it, though– an investment. You could buy 10 pairs of cheap dress shoes, or you could buy one fine pair of shoes and have them maintained by a skilled cobbler. In the end, you’ll pay less than going the cheap option. You’ll earn bonus points for supporting the craftspeople behind products like this. Having the coolest overnight bag on the block? That’s the icing on the cake.