(Courtesy Custom House International)
This line of sophisticated, understated briefcases and valises was launched earlier this year by Andrew Yang, a design and architecture writer, who has contributed to AN.
The name Custom House International is an ode to a famous Beaux Arts building on the Bund in Shanghai, and the Kirkman line is in honor of architect Wallace Kirkman Harrison. Yang set out to design a simple bag that was made from, “water-repellant and wrinkle resistant, stain-proof materials, but with an eye for classic textures and function,” according to their website. Indeed this is a bag that could travel to any locale—it’s fresh and modern, and also protects your most prized possessions.