How a Tool Bag Became My Favorite Weekender
Call it a love story.
Perhaps it’s my fondness for accessories or maybe it’s my affinity for organization, but there’s a satisfaction I feel—an affection even—when I find travel goods that truly suit me.
Living in New York City, vacationing presents a unique set of challenges, mainly schlepping a packed bag onto the subway, into the office, then to one’s point of departure. Having carried my fair share of weekenders—wheeled duffels, hard-sided cases, large totes, and pretty leather satchels—I am constantly on the hunt for something efficient, that doesn't forfeit style. Unexpectedly, it was a bag from Klein Tools that won me over.
The canvas carryall, whose intended use is for hammers, screwdrivers, and the like, was introduced to me by an interior designer friend. Its roomy inside fits an impractical amount of shoes, the top opens wide making packing a pleasure, and the fabric is sturdy and reliable. There are no pockets, but that simplicity works to my advantage (more often than not I find pockets to be overthought). Instead, I rely on canvas pouches—also from Klein Tools and also intended for a contractor—to keep my stuff sorted and color-coordinated.
My favorite part? The canvas fabric and leather accents get better with age. Though rugged, the overall aesthetic of the bag is rather beautiful, like a well-used vintage valise. May I suggest heading to Home Depot the next time you are in need of luggage?