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T+L Reports: Zurich’s Shipping News

Brothers Markus and Daniel Freitag got the inspiration for their cult messenger bags—crafted from truck tarpaulins, car seat belts, and tire inner tubes—by watching 10,000 trucks a day whiz by their apartment near Switzerland’s high-speed transit route. Thirteen years later, they’re paying homage to their hometown with Freitag Shop Zurich (17 Geroldstrasse; 41-43/366-9520; www.freitag.ch), an industrial-size emporium that owes its existence to a different sort of traffic: the four-story depot is built entirely from used shipping containers. Peruse the utilitarian-chic displays—the brothers custom-designed all the furniture as well as the more than 1,600 bags—and admire Zurich’s skyline from the rooftop viewing platform. Through a telescope, you can watch 18-wheelers speeding past the brothers’ old apartment, just 300 yards away.

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