With its rugged combination of vegetable-tanned leather, 18 oz. cotton canvas, and steel-molded hardware, the Will Leather Goods Traveler Duffle in canvas and leather is a prime example of the Eugene, Oregon, brand's approach, as well as evidence of the eldest Adler's evolution as a designer. The bag is a far cry from the brightly hued "Billy Belts" Adler made popular in the early eighties before founding Spirit Leather Works, spending a long time working with Nike, and – six years ago – establishing Will Leather Goods.
Today, the Adlers' employ some 150 people in Eugene and more in a number of facilities abroad. At the Oregon flagship and the second store on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard, sturdy, classic totes, tablet sleeves, and belts share shelf space with horsehair keychains and messenger bags made of repurposed coffee sacks. The feel is both rustic and aspirational. With the company about the open its first outlet in New York, Will Leather Goods is expanding rapidly and Will has all the more reason to take one of his beautiful duffles on the road. [$395; willleathergoods.com]