September 17, 2018
I’ve written previously about my passion for transport related branding, particularly that of the Jet Age. The liveries, uniforms, baggage tags, and terminal buildings take you back to an era long since forgotten since the dawn of “budget” air travel.
One day last year, after dropping my son off at school, I spotted three innocent looking saucers in a flower bed in the playground. For some reason, the little bird in a blue circle caught my eye. On closer inspection my initial thoughts were correct — the logo was the BOAC Speedbird.
BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) was the British state-owned airline created in 1940 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. In 1971 Act of Parliament merged BOAC and BEA with effect forming what we today know as British Airways.
September 15, 2018
If you are in the market for a flexible EDC that can be carried in a number of ways, has room for a couple of nights clothing or gym kit, and a smart interior full of pockets for laptop and notebooks then the new Hideout 5 Way by Everyman could be for you.
Everyman produce a range of products for travellers including pillows, dopp kits, tags, wallets and much more. They launched their latest pack on Kickstarter with a modest goal of $5,000 USD which was easily exceeded. At the time of writing it’s been backed by 269 backers and raised over $31,000 USD.
September 07, 2018
In the fifth edition I feature backpacks a new travel accessories line and a great photo collection of Berlin.
September 04, 2018
Both of my children have recently required new backpacks for school. Of course, being their Dad, I am of no use and my recommendations for black unbranded daily carries fell on very deaf ears. If only I’d seen this offering from Mahabis sooner they might have listened!
If you are unfamiliar with Mahabis they are famous for reinventing the slipper! In addition to slippers they offer a selection of lifestyle products (notebooks, blankets, and candles), loungewear, and this collection of simple but attractive backpacks.
August 10, 2018
This edition of the Pack List features a very packable daypack, two airline safety videos (trust me, they are worth watching), an interesting take on the city guide and an iteration of the popular Aer Travel pack.
August 07, 2018
I’ve been fascinated by the power of graphic design and branding for as long as I can remember — especially airline branding. From liveries and in-flight magazines to the coffee stirrers and uniforms, airlines present their image and values to us at every turn. Thankfully there are a number of books out there that delve into this very topic. Here are four that I have enjoyed.
July 24, 2018
I’ve tried, and own, many backpacks and am constantly amazed how much innovation occurs for what is seemingly a pretty standard piece of luggage. Each month it seems the latest pack offers a little feature here, a nice touch there, that all add to making travel (especially one bag travel which I am a big fan of) that little bit easier.
To put it mildly, they are “big” on Kickstarter. This is their eighth campaign, earlier ones focused heavily on camera bags and accessories, and since 2011 they have raised $15M+. At the time of writing, they’ve almost doubled their goal and there are 58 days to go. There’s plenty on their site as to why they love crowdfunding but to sum it up they say “we raise in our campaigns allow us to focus on our customers and products, and not on achieving growth goals that traditional investors often demand”.
July 20, 2018
In this third edition of The Pack List I share five finds from the world of bags and travel including an artistic take on the classic brown paper bag by Timbuk2!
July 16, 2018
Long before I became a backpack guy it was all about the messenger and a Chrome messenger was very much on my wish-list. They were hard to find, especially in the UK, but were everywhere in the US. Working in the web industry work often took me Stateside and many friends and colleagues were owners of the bag with the quick release strap buckle. They seemed the perfect size for laptops, clothes, daily carry and of course ideal for bike couriers.
Ultimately I never came to own a Chrome but that might change with the Macheto — an all black clamshell backpack which looks perfect for a sub-seven-day trip use.
July 12, 2018
Many of you will be familiar with Monocle — the magazine launched by Tyler Brûlé in 2007 as a monthly title covering global affairs, business, culture, and design. Since launching Monocle has branched out into radio, multiple travel and home-related products, and in recent years a series of travel, business, and lifestyle books in association with Gestalten.
Together they regularly publish packable travel guides, previously featured on Leader of the Pack, as well as a range of larger books including ,The Monocle Guide to Better Living, The Monocle Guide to Good Business, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes, How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide, and The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining
Released in June (Europe) and July (International) 2018 The Monocle Guide to Hotels, Inns & Hideaways is the sixth publication in their large format series. However, the first thing you notice when cracking the spine is a new size. If you, like me, own any of the other Gestalten published “Monocle Guide to …” titles you’d have probably been expecting a larger format coffee table book. The new Mezzanine format is slightly smaller and as a result much easier to hold and read.