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3 American-Made Bags Ready for the Summer

A tote, a backpack and a weekender.

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Alexander Stein

Road trips, tropical vacations, camping in the mountains — summer is the season of travel. Before you hit the road, make sure you have bags fit for the journey. Invest in quality pieces made from sturdy canvas and leather that will age well through this season and countless seasons to come. And make sure to cover your bases in terms of size and function. A good tote, backpack and weekender are all you need.

Filson Ranger Backpack

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This rugged backpack has a body made from 22-ounce twill and a water-resistant flap made from 10-ounce tin cloth. Bridle leather straps cinch the flap down, while the interior compartment is secured with a drawcord closure. Though it was inspired by a vintage forestry pack, modern comforts like a padded back, padded shoulder straps and a compartment sized for a 17-inch laptop make this backpack functional and relevant today. It’ll store everything you need for a day at the beach or a short road trip.

Buy Now: $175

Joshu + Vela Boat Tote

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Made in San Francisco, Joshu + Vela’s Boat Tote is the perfect mix of timeless design and rugged durability. It’s constructed from 24-ounce canvas and features Mil Spec steel hardware, copper rivets and thick leather straps and handles. Sized to carry everything you need for a day of adventure, this tote is your fair-weather go-to bag. After seasons of wear this tote will develop a nice patina — an aesthetic badge of honor protected by Joshu + Vela’s lifetime warranty.

Buy Now: $298

Korchmar Twain Weekender

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Korchmar has been making bags for the military and some of the best brands in the business for a century. The Twain bag is everything you’d want from a classic weekender. It’s made from full-grain, waxed American leather, it features clamp down ends for easy expansion and it has solid brass hardware and a fully lined interior. This bag will last a lifetime and look better as the decades pass.

Buy Now: $585


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