Former CAA agent turned designer Marc Marmel has created a work-around for travelers who want nice luggage but don’t want to see it look tattered and scuffed. His solution: a line of bags, available at Barneys New York and Maxfield, made of pre-crackled leather, which looks even better after it gets a few nicks and knocks. Marmel thinks of his pieces much like old-time steamer trunks, whose stickers and stains allude to adventure, thus adding to their charm.
Suitcases come in inventive squared-off shapes as well as traditional duffel designs ($1,300 to $1,800), while what Marmel dubs “day bags” or totes ($800 to $1,300) range from a simple shopping bag to a buckled attaché. Though all come in basic black, they are matched with a gypsy caravan’s worth of silk-brocade lining colors like orange, lime and crimson.
We’re looking forward to collecting them like stamps in our passport.
Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Ave.; 310-274-8800 or marcmarmel.com