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Winter Weekend Getaway: The Rugged Canvas Duffle

January 13th, 2017

A mix of stylish utility and rugged refinement

Different travel situations call for different kinds (and styles) of bags. Taking a flight? You need a good suitcase and/or carry-on. An overnight excursion? That’s why you have your overnight bag. And then, of course, any time you’re taking a trip and want to carry your luggage rather than wheel it behind you, there’s the duffle bag.

We’ve talked about the merits of the leather duffle bag previously, but today we’re taking a look at an equally stylish, but more rugged version: the canvas duffle bag.



| WEARING | Woolrich coat, J.Crew jeans, Bag c/o Bennett Winch, Drake’s hat, Scarf c/o Seaward and Stearn, Mario Portolano gloves, L.L.Bean boots | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

A bag, like any accessory, should complement your outfit. When I’m more dressed up, a leather duffle is a good fit. But for a casual weekend getaway, a canvas duffle is a much better option.

The bag I’m carrying here is by our friends at Bennett Winch in England. And they’ve really nailed both style and utility with this weekender. The bonded canvas (which is also waterproof – perfect for rain and/or snow), full grain leather trim, handles and base along with solid brass hardware are all extremely handsome.


But it’s what’s on the inside that really sets this duffle apart. It’s got a padded laptop sleeve, a waterproof side pocket and, the coup de grâce, two separate waterproof shoe compartments. These can not only be used for shoes, but bathing suits, dirty clothes, or anything else you want to keep separate from the rest of the items in the bag.


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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