By Adam Monday 10th Nov, 2014

We’ve been contacted by an exciting new brand, nord, specialising in luxury accessories. They got in touch after a recent launch of their A/W14 bags.

Innovative British designers James and Ada have created two designs in the men’s collection – the backpack and the courier bag – and rendered them in premium leathers, designed ergonomically for ultimate comfort and function.

We were sent the Travis backpack to look at. The design is visually very pleasing but also made of the right stuff, prepared in Italy with high quality leathers and materials. Perhaps most impressively, the bag finds a careful balance between class and edginess, with careful thought put into it’s  functionality – it fits a laptop in perfectly, for example.

It has front section perfect for smaller items and a side zip reveals a pocket big enough for a newspaper. The top zip that leads to the main body of the backpack also has an inner zip pocket ideal for keys and business cards.

It’s clear that attention to detail is paramount, from waxed edges to the signature nord red stitch motif that appears on each bag. Every bag is delivered with the nord leather tag, which can be removed and used as either luggage label or key fob.

The bag arrived in its own branded cotton stowage sack/Dust- bag – a really nice touch. That hasn’t yet been discarded, in fact it’ll probably be used as a backup bag in the future.

The Autumn/Winter 2014 bag collection took its inspiration from several source as Designer Ada explains “The initial observation was that we live in a time of interesting flux, as Europe begins to emerge from deep recession. We began to look at similar periods in the past, when ambitions of opulence were set alongside the utilitarian values of thrift and efficiency. The industrial-age essentialism of Le Corbusier furniture fed our imagination, as did the interiors of 1960s cars – where utility began to be fused with (at least) the appearance of luxury.”

Travis is available in three colours: Black, Navy Blue and Off-White & absolutely gets a thumbs up from us at Dapper Chapper.

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