If you travel frequently, you know the importance of durable, functional luggage. You need a bag that can accommodate a range of contents and withstand near-constant use. Above all else, it should be easy to carry. It helps if the design is modest, and, better yet, if it easily fits into overhead compartments, trunks and the like. In my experience, the best piece of luggage for your money is the Twain weekender by Korchmar.
Korchmar flies relatively under the radar but the brand’s been making quality leather goods for over a century. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1917 by Russian immigrant Max Korchmar, the company started with visors for automotive headlights before it shifted to briefcases and luggage. It made products for the Army and Air Force during both WWI and WWII, and, in recent years, has contract manufactured for premium luggage brands around the world. To put it plainly, its in-house line of bags offers one of the best values in the industry. The American-made Twain weekender costs $585; though pricey, it’s a fraction of what other American-made leather duffles cost: the Moore and Giles Benedict costs $860, the Filson Medium Weatherproof Leather Duffle costs $995 and the Shinola Large Carryall costs $1,295. What’s more, the construction of the Twain weekender is second-to-none. My favorite feature: it’s not at all precious — this is a bag you’ll feel good about actually using.
Made with full-grain leather, the Twain weekender is fully lined with 6.4-ounce yarn-dyed twill and comes equipped with interior pockets to organize your packing. The design features clamp down ends that allow for expansion and durable solid brass hardware. Finished with natural oils and waxes, the exterior is devoid of superfluous branding, though it features a customizable monogram patch (if you’re into that kind of thing). Measuring in at 22 inches long, the Twain is the perfect size for multi-day excursions, and can even be appropriate for week-long trips depending on your packing habits. Sure, this isn’t a hard-shell wheeled bag for the jet-setter. But it makes up for a lack of modern features with its tried-and-true versatility.