The North Face Purple Label and director Spike Jonze just collaborated on two distinctive pieces of luggage designed for the frequent traveler. The seeds of the collection were planted years ago when Jonze, on a trip to Japan, discovered the 3Way Bag by Purple Label (the iconic outdoor brand’s exclusive Japanese division). Produced by Nanamica, the bag blended functionality typically found in outdoor products with a design fit for everyday life.
When presented with the opportunity to collaborate on some luggage, Jonze jumped at the opportunity and worked with the brand to create a check-pattern wool fabric for two classic bags. Made by the Italian textile house Para, the fabric is available in a green-blue-gray colorway and a white-blue-red colorway, modern updates on a classic pattern.
The foundation of the collection is the 3Way Bag that Jonze initially fell in love with. The style can be used as an overnight bag, a large briefcase with a shoulder strap or a backpack (with included shoulder straps). It features a laptop sleeve and phone pocket and comes with a detachable name tag. Jonze decided on the Shuttle Roller, a two-wheel roller bag, to balance out the collaboration. Sized for most major airlines’ carry-on specifications, the Shuttle Roller has two trampoline compartments, a laptop sleeve and other organizational pockets.
Available at Nanamica shops in Japan, the collection ranges in price from about $309 for the 3Way bag to about $406 for the Shuttle Roller. And while these bags may be hard to get in the US, the extra effort will not be in vain — these tasteful bags will stand out from the hoards of black and gray rolling bags at the airport while traveling this season.
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