Carry your axe in a bag worthy of its contents with Whipping Post Guitar Bags ($825). Available in three finishes, these full grain leather satchels are hand sewn using marine grade threading for longevity and toughness, one solid inch of high density foam padding to keep your gear protected, stainless steel hardware, and an adjustable strap that works over the shoulder or as a backpack. All you need now is to learn how to play.
Whether you're toting an iPad, 11-, or 13-inch MacBook Air, the Autum Straight Jacket ($133) can keep it protected. Limited to a first run of only 50 sleeves in each size, these simple, handmade sleeves are built from domestically tanned leather, and feature semi-rigid, padded construction, a suede interior to guard against scratches, and an open top for easy access. Great on their own, or as a sleek and minimalistic compliment to any bag or briefcase.
Store and tote your gadgets, notebooks, and other goods in style inside the Nau Fluent Stash ($80). This origami-inspired satchel features a four-way fold-out design, with multiple inner pockets, including a zippered pouch for cords, cables, and headphones, snap closures for the side pockets, and an aluminum buckle.
One of the better looking portable packs we've seen, the Killspencer Mobile Case ($150) is good for toting around a range of gadgets. Made from water-repellent "original wax" black filter twill, the case offers a zipped inner pocket for tablets, e-Readers, and netbooks, along with outer pockets for a smartphone, moleskine sketchbook with pen, and business cards, padded neoprene inner lining, and a hidden bullhide handle that removes the need to wear the bag over your shoulder.
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Carry your goods in style with Layer x Layer Bags ($45-$190). Available in tote, backpack, and wayfarer styles, the bags are made from USA-sourced denim and boast details like stainless steel hardware, beeswax-dipped edges to prevent fraying, versatile rope systems, and detachable pockets. All you need to do is decide what to put inside.
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