Belstaff is one of those awesome English brands (well, it’s Italian-owned now), a younger and hipper brother of brands with the coveted coat of arms of a member of the Royal Family. Who doesn’t want to be a purveyor to the Queen, like Smythton or Launer?

I hate brown leather, as you all know, except when I totally love it. And that occurrence is exceedingly rare – I hardly ever get to write about a brown bag and pontificate on how glorious the color is. Most designers just don’t get it right that often.

Backpacks

The beginning of summer may seem like an odd time to buy a backpack – after all, they’re most often associated with school, which is just now drawing to a close – but the season calls for bags that are casual, lightweight and hands-free.