You know how the postman in old movies always has a well-worn, great-looking leather mail bag? Well, it's not just fiction. From 1868 until the '70s, the USPS carried oil-tanned mailbags, which have been faithfully reproduced in J. Crew's "Original" Leather Postal Messenger ($800). This gorgeous bag is hand-oiled, stained, and burnished, sewn by artisans on century-old machines from hand-picked leather. Just like the old USPS bags, it's made to last for years, and is large enough to hold a smallish laptop, a book or two, and yes, even the mail.
If the red LEDs of the hotel room clock aren't to your liking, pull the World Time Clock ($72) out of your bag instead for a little extra flair. The 12 sides on this clock, representing two time zones per side, help you determine local time by rolling the clock so the city representing that time zone is on top.
When you slap on deodorant each day, you don't think much about how it affects your body. But since your skin absorbs around 60% of what you put on it, it might be worth considering. Oars + Alps uses aluminum-free, natural ingredients sourced from the arctic circle for all their products, including this deodorant. And unlike other natural deodorants, they are alcohol and glycol free. So you're free of potentially harmful toxins while smelling fresh and keeping dry.
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Protein bars usually contain as much sugar as a doughnut and have an ingredient list that requires a doctorate to pronounce. RXBARs are different. With no more than eight ingredients, each bar contains real, whole foods and delivers 12g of quality protein without any added sugar. At the core of every bar is a mixture of egg whites, fruits, and nuts — which they print right on the front of the package — and each of their 12 flavors are gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free. Our favorites are Chocolate Sea Salt, Blueberry, and Peanut Butter, but we recommend starting with the best seller pack, which comes with six of their top selling flavors. Keep a few of these in your gym bag, office drawer, and kitchen pantry for when you need a snack and resist the urge to scarf a candy bar.
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We checked out one of these bags in person over the weekend and came away pretty damn impressed. The North Face Base Camp Messenger Bag ($70-$90) comes in two sizes, with the large version being big enough to hold everything you could possibly need to bring with you on your daily outings. Both are made from a super durable synthetic material, come in four colors, and have tons of compartments and pockets.
It's hard not to love a bag that looks this tough. The Deployment Messenger Bag ($95) from Medium Design Group has an obvious military vibe and is just the right size for all of your urban commando gear. The lightweight nylon bag forms to your body better than most bags and has heavy stitching, cold-forged aluminum buckles and an aluminum fuel bottle attached with a micro carabineer.