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  • TravelTeq

    from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

TravelTeq

About TravelTeq

The last time we were in an airport, we wished we had an extra—make that two extra—sets of hands. Between managing our passport, tickets, boarding pass, lap top, phone and errant child, by the time we made it past security we were ready for a strong drink followed by a long nap. Surely, we thought as we wearily staggered to the gate, there must be an easier way to travel. Since then, we’ve wised up and got ourselves one of these smart (in every sense of the word) Trash laptop bags from travelteq. Designed by travelers for travelers, they’re not just ways to carry stuff, they’re nothing short of sanity saving measures.

Both the Trash Messenger (which has shorter handles and comes with a shoulder strap) and the Trash Cougar (which has longer handles and no shoulder strap) feature nine separate compartments, including a shock-resistant-one for laptops; an outside pocket for tickets, mobiles phones or sunglasses; and an outside leather strip for attaching to wheelie bags. (And in case you're wondering about the bag's name, it's a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that you can dump all your "junk" in it). As for their looks, they’re classically handsome, with a sporty edge. Made in a family-run workshop in Tuscany, both the Cougar and the Original combine vegetable-dyed Vachetta leather exteriors with high quality, water-resistant nylon interiors (so when that latte spills inside your bag as you sprint to catch a connecting flight, your bag won’t be ruined). Sleek but understated, practical but great-looking, they’re the kind of carryalls you could take anywhere. As one of travelteq’s founding designers, Michiel van Ogtrop, puts it, “They’re for people who value comfortable, intelligent products, people who appreciate handmade quality and find luxury in the finer things in life instead of in-your-face designer brands.”

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