THE ALASKA DUFFLE BY L.L. BEAN
Anything named the “Alaska” has a stout leg up on the competition. Makes you feel like an adventurer, even if it’s just a train ride to the beach and not a trek in the deep woods. I spotted this bag at a recent press preview in New York for the L.L. Bean Signature collection designed by the talented and genuine Mainer, Alex Carlton. He’s been hard at work taking pieces from the vast L.L. Bean archives and updating them to make them a bit more modern. This is one of those bags your son will appreciate twenty years from now. Made of a rugged cotton and leather. Alex promised me a tour of the archives during my next visit to Maine, my home state, so look out for more on that later this spring. $225, available at L.L. Bean.