Someone is going through my archives - nice find!
* These were my constant travel companions in my previous life when based in Hong Kong

Someone is going through my archives - nice find!

* These were my constant travel companions in my previous life when based in Hong Kong

* As found from the archives by another new follower (Hong Kong Oct 2010)
mostexerent:
Packing for 2 months & 2 opposite seasons, summer & winter.
On my way down back to my other home Sydney..
Can’t wait to see my family, especially my Niece & Nephew..
Not soon enough as I have 4 days in Singapore first.

* As found from the archives by another new follower (Hong Kong Oct 2010)

mostexerent:

Packing for 2 months & 2 opposite seasons, summer & winter.

On my way down back to my other home Sydney..

Can’t wait to see my family, especially my Niece & Nephew..

Not soon enough as I have 4 days in Singapore first.

* What I packed for a 2 week business trip. Again, uncovered from my archives by another new follower. (Oct 2010)
Packed to be suited for 14 days..
Covering the following climates, Singapore averaging 30c + 100%, Beijing averaging 5c-10c, Hong Kong averaging 15c then back to Sydney.
I will be expected in suits most days.
Packing includes:
5 x white English-Italian spread collar shirts
3 x random patterned button down shirts
1 x navy S120 wool suit
1 x grey + light blue window pane S120 wool suit
1 x navy tropical weight wool/silk suit
1 x grey tropical weight wool/silk pantaloons
1 x navy cotton chino
1 x khaki cotton chino
1 x RAW denim jean
3 x silk ties (predominant in navy)
2 x knit ties (orange & blue)
socks & underwear
1 x black leather punch cap toed oxford shoe
1 x brown leather punch cap toed oxford shoe
1 x brown belt
1 x black belt
1 x navy cashmere v/neck sweater
1 x mid-grey cashmere v/neck sweater
1 x chocolate herringbone weave cashmere top-coat
1 x pair of wool gloves
toiletries
“Baby Boston” Porter x Monocle bag in case of.. 
All in a 30” hard case Globe-Trotter - see you all in 12 hours.

* What I packed for a 2 week business trip. Again, uncovered from my archives by another new follower. (Oct 2010)

Packed to be suited for 14 days..

Covering the following climates, Singapore averaging 30c + 100%, Beijing averaging 5c-10c, Hong Kong averaging 15c then back to Sydney.

I will be expected in suits most days.

Packing includes:

  • 5 x white English-Italian spread collar shirts
  • 3 x random patterned button down shirts
  • 1 x navy S120 wool suit
  • 1 x grey + light blue window pane S120 wool suit
  • 1 x navy tropical weight wool/silk suit
  • 1 x grey tropical weight wool/silk pantaloons
  • 1 x navy cotton chino
  • 1 x khaki cotton chino
  • 1 x RAW denim jean
  • 3 x silk ties (predominant in navy)
  • 2 x knit ties (orange & blue)
  • socks & underwear
  • 1 x black leather punch cap toed oxford shoe
  • 1 x brown leather punch cap toed oxford shoe
  • 1 x brown belt
  • 1 x black belt
  • 1 x navy cashmere v/neck sweater
  • 1 x mid-grey cashmere v/neck sweater
  • 1 x chocolate herringbone weave cashmere top-coat
  • 1 x pair of wool gloves
  • toiletries
  • “Baby Boston” Porter x Monocle bag in case of.. 

All in a 30” hard case Globe-Trotter - see you all in 12 hours.

The Weekender MUST

I’ll use THAT one..

I’ll use THAT one..

Trunk living

Trunk living

The process of building a GORUCK GR1

Jason, GORUCK founder, posted a fantastic and detailed article about how GORUCK builds each GR1.

It is a manual process and one that requires care, precision and a lot of skill.

Yes, you pay good money for a GR1, but now you know why: they are tough and durable packs that are built manually with skilled workers, in the USA.

Worth reading. Check it out

s  t  e  a  l  t  h - the best way to travel & I’m struggling to not justify this..

* dang you Tom @ LeatherSoul

2.5 weeks till my next business trip..
* Not happy as I will be in the air on the way to Shanghai when the 2011 Rugby World Cup is on

2.5 weeks till my next business trip..

* Not happy as I will be in the air on the way to Shanghai when the 2011 Rugby World Cup is on

Waiting & not looking forward to 3 days in Singapore aka “The Truman Show”..
(Taken with Instagram at T1 (International) Terminal)

Waiting & not looking forward to 3 days in Singapore aka “The Truman Show”..

(Taken with Instagram at T1 (International) Terminal)

mastermind JAPAN x Globe Trotter Trunk Preview

mastermind JAPAN x Globe Trotter Trunk Preview

BY DOUGLAS BRUNDAGE, JULY 18, 2011

New from mastermind JAPAN, the impressive fashion-oriented brand with a morbid streak, comes this old-school trunk collaboration with venerable British luggage-maker Globe Trotter. Crafted in ink-black “Vulcan Fiber” (a Globe Trotter trademark material) and accented by gold-detailed hardware and a cross-buckling leather strap, the trunk features mastermind’s ubiquitous skull-and-crossbones logo on the front. As with many good things in life, however, the most exciting aspect of this piece is hidden from plain sight. Upon opening, the trunk reveals a vibrant camouflage lining sure to cinch the deal for any mastermind fan on-the-edge about this purchase. Available by spring 2012.

Source: Fashion Press

* I inquired about a bespoke project similar last year & was told not possible :( Maybe because I said do it in navy & dark blue with safety orange canvas straps.. & to offer a service to get ones initial painted on..

Excess luggage? Tired..
Nah - all good, damn Lego boxes are BIG these days..
Notes: Shirt - P Johnson, Jeans - Rag & Bone, Sneaks - CP for Leather Soul, Luggage - Rimowa, Bag - Ettinger for The Armoury

Excess luggage? Tired..

Nah - all good, damn Lego boxes are BIG these days..

Notes: Shirt - P Johnson, Jeans - Rag & Bone, Sneaks - CP for Leather Soul, Luggage - Rimowa, Bag - Ettinger for The Armoury

HARD CASE as only Goyard knows.

HARD CASE as only Goyard knows.

"Every Case Tells a Story"

As a frequent (international) traveler I have had to learn & make some concessions over the years.

Excess luggage & the fees associated.

Baggage handlers & tax drivers.

Other passengers, airline ground & air staff.

Regular followers would know that my approach is old-fashion SLASH classic sort of a bloke. I hark for the days when men wore hats & opened doors for women with out being accused of being anything but a polite human (seriously I have been stared down a few times when I offer a hand to a female or even a seat on the train). Yet enjoy the trappings of modern life.

Historically I would always choose hard case luggage over anything else & depending on the application I may opt for soft luggage.

To date I have had experience with Gravis, Louis Vuitton, Mandarina Duck, MUJI, Patagonia, Prada, Samsonite, The North Face, Tumi, Rimowa & Zero Haliburton.

But I learn’t in over 30 years of mostly international travel, like life, choice of luggage is a compromise. Be it cost, weight, aesthetics & application.

AND YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR - THERE IS NO CHEAPER SUBSTITUTION

In today’s increasingly strict travel policies, I have had to reassess certain criteria. Mainly weight & aesthetics.

Currently a standard 30” hard case is penalized in Canada & the US as 28” is the norm. Also in the US only one carry on is allowed, this includes laptop cases or a suit carrier. & this was before 9/11.

I remember on a flight from Chicago to NYC where I was stopped because I had a lap-top bag & a cabin trolley. I explained that I am on a connecting international flight back to Australia & flying business class. NO! So I said what if I stuffed one bag into the other? The answer was as long as I pass through with one piece it didn’t matter.. Maybe it was my choice of luggage ;) 

Baggage handlers & taxi drivers: Beast unto their own - they have no respect for you or your luggage PERIOD. So with luggage, always make sure there is less loose straps or handles as they will grab at anything. The more robust looking the tougher they will be at testing your luggage. & for those that are unlucky (as happened to some of us), your luggage never arrives with you at your destination.

Luggage Cemetery: Did you know that with all of today’s technology, very few airlines actually track where your luggage is & that if your luggage is lost, it is a manual process! They do not scan your luggage tag when they receive it, It is just stock piled.. No RFID!

Airline insurance: Will not even pay for my luggage or a shoe let alone a pair.. Use your home & contents or Credit Card insurance provider.

Domo Arigato! I had an interesting one way conversation with a taxi driver once in Japanese as he presumed because of my luggage. Rimowa in particular.

Look around: Other passengers take note & adjust accordingly when they see your choice of luggage.

Whilst waiting at the carousel, a lady overly perfumed & teased had a set of “Louis Vuiton” not “Louis Vuitton” luggage proudly in front of her. She then let out this shriek when my LV 30” Keep-all came rolling down the ramp. I looked at her & said it’s fake.. Like yours.. Wink..

Rimowa or Halliburton? US or German? Personally after using both, Rimowa. Why? The ridges offer more structural strength, the locks are better, the finish is well German (though some are now made in Canada, so that must say something about Made in USA), 5 year guarantee, able to be purchased in more parts of the world than Halliburton & in most cases (pun intended) lighter. 

It’s just my personal opinion so no need for any “anon” snarks.

Soft v Hard: If I did not have to carry clothes that needed ironing, suits or dress shoes then soft is the way to go. In particular the 1200 denier or water sealed canvas/nylon. Make sure you get the ones with re-enforced bases & ends as you will be dragging them with our with out wheels. In particular I like the bags made camping expeditions by the likes The North Face, Patagonia or the better know surf/skate/skiing companies as they are built to withstand abuse & usually water resistant or proof. & BIG ZIPS!

Finally always keep copies of your travel schedule & contact details in you luggage so it is visible on opening - Like I said, they don’t scan your luggage tags! 

TSA locks? Only relevant in the USA.

So where am I going with this? Choose wisely & have different sets of luggage for different applications as every case tells a story.

My next post will be what combinations of luggage I travel with & why?

Safe travels.