Traveling is just so difficult because it involves so much. You have to figure out what you are going to be bringing, you have to figure out how you are going to get to LAX, you have to figure out who is going to watch your dogs, and blah blah blah blah. It’s a lot! Angelenos travel a lot, even if it’s just a quick weekend trip to Palm Springs or a little vacation to Hawaii–and both instances take just as much out of you. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is your bag which, thankfully, we don’t have to think about anymore because Lexdray, a New York bag maker who recently was in Los Angeles, have perfected travel bags.
Alex Drayer, the man behind the brand, was in Los Angeles last week, when we caught up with him to hear about the bags, specifically the Fall 2012 collection that he was recently sharing. Each bag is a wormhole of high quality compartmentalizing intended for making travel super easy. Each is named after a city that Alex has travelled through or lived in and admired. Like cities, they are very basic on the outside and incredibly intricate on the inside, detailed well beyond what you would think you would need in a bag. We imagine the Los Angeles one would be the biggest most complex bag because, I mean, we are the biggest and most complex. We’ll have to keep checking in to see if that bag comes to be.
The new collection sees the brand expanding quite a bit, bringing in four additional colors–khaki, army green, navy, and grey–to some of the already popular bags (like the casual Boulder Pack) and sees some ridiculously clever new bags. Alex showed one bag, which turns from a compact soft box with handles into a a closet. Literally: a closet. The back opens to be able to hold your folded clothes, shows, even a suit in a garment bag, ready to be hung in your closet. Alex explained that they went to great pains to see that the bag was perfect for leaving your house, hopping on a plane, getting into a hotel, and literally opening up the bag and hanging it in your closet without needing to refold a damn thing. The hooks the bag hang from were specially made just for the bag, too. See how it looks below.
A few other new standouts he showed were the new durable and simple wallets (he showed us his, which he had been using for months and it still looked perfect) and a thoughtful and simple camera bag. The new color versions of classics like the Boulder and the Manhattan messenger bag sees a new camouflage lining that is done in the new color scheme of the bags being released.
Our favorite by far was the O.G. bag: the Tokyo Pack. The pack is the smartest small-but-big bookbag I’ve ever encountered, designed with specific spaces for you to stow your laptop, iPad, phone, cords, valuables, keys, books, magazines, newspapers–you name it. The bags also make it super obvious for you to do all of this, fleece lined areas clearly for more valuable items and hidden pockets for other things, like the secret back cabin for your most valuable items (say, your passport).
Each piece is compact and has a place for every feature and–much like Alex–is always put together. You can grab the bags on their online store or at Union on La Brea. The Fall collection isn’t out for some time; however, if you like some of the older bags, grab them fast: each bag is made in a very limited edition. Catch more photos of the upcoming collection below and, at the end, a video that further shows off the bag’s features.
Top photo courtesy of Lexdray.