Yet Another Italian Masterpiece.
Oh wow. How predictable. There’s yet another Italian masterpiece to behold. As if the Sistine Chapel, statue of David, and Sophia Loren weren’t enough, now there’s the Hard Graft 1st Edition Travel Bag ($1,088). Though Hard Graft is a company with roots in both Austria and the UK, their 1st Edition Travel Bag is a true example of Italian craftsmanship.
It starts with ultra premium vegetable tanned Italian leather, and each hide is individually stained by hand, as skilled craftsmen use an age old technique to apply natural coloring made out of tree bark. It's time consuming, but totally worth it. Once the leather is ready, it starts taking the shape of a smart looking holdall, beautifully stitched together with rugged yet fine British wool.
There’s a flat, stiff floor to keep it sturdy and hold its shape, large, double inside compartments, a rich, Italian wool interior lining, a double metal zip opening, and fixed leather shoulder straps. Every handle, rivet and stitch is reinforced to ensure durability, which you’re going to need since this thing goes with everything, and is sure to be your most loyal travel companion. To Lake Como!