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What is a workation?

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‘Workation’ — a portmanteau of 'work' and 'vacation' — is a mode of travel that combines leisure with work and has been on the rise as a result...

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Slow travel — A growing trend

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Despite inflation and the ongoing industry recovery from COVID-19, the American domestic and outbound markets continue to grow. Last year, domestic travel spending reached nearly 920 billion dollars:...

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Nylon Bag Guide

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One of the most crucial factors of any bag design is the materials used to construct it. Choosing the right materials (that are also of premium quality), can...

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Tuscany with head winemaker, Alessandro Marini

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Tuscany is wine country. This is where the Sangiovese grape rules the roost. Where postcard pictures of gently rolling hills and impeccably kept vineyards are captured. Where hilltop...

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Concept to Creation: Palissy 25-hour

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It’s one thing seeing the finished article, but what about the key design decisions that go into making a Carl Friedrik product? Step into the mind of our...

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Best and worst airlines for luggage care

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2023 has witnessed another testing summer of air travel. The media is littered with stories of never-ending lines, cancelled flights and irresponsible baggage handling.

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How to pack a backpack for travel

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Whether you're an experienced traveller or just want to make the most of the space available in your rucksack, knowing how to pack a backpack for travel can...

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How to pack a suit in a suitcase

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Whether you're travelling abroad and need to wear a suit for business or attending a special occasion like a wedding, knowing how to pack your suit in a...

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The quiet rise of sleep tourism

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2023 has already seen innovative travel trends like set-jetting and slow travel come to the fore — and it seems like a curious new phenomenon called ‘sleep tourism’...

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What is slow travel?

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For many modern travellers, successful trips away are characterised by quick, hassle-free journeys, an abundance of rigorously-scheduled activities and catalogues of Instagram-worthy pictures.

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Most popular set-jetting TV destinations

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Whether you know it as set-jetting, location vacationing or movie tourism, holiday-goers are increasingly inspired by what they see on TV when it comes to getting away.

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What is bonded leather?

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‘Bonded leather’ is one leather-related term you’re likely to have stumbled across at some point. Or maybe you know it by one of its many monikers: ‘reconstituted leather’,...

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What is quiet luxury?

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‘Quiet luxury’ is the new aesthetic trend loudly stealing public attention. Google searches for the term grew by 337% in April alone.

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Flex Friday travel guide: Granada

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Introducing Flex Friday travel guides: a monthly series that helps you maximise your out-of-office time. Each guide is curated by a clued-up local, showing you the ins and...

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How to measure luggage

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Air travel is a stressful endeavour. From unforeseen traffic jams to misunderstood visa rules and last-minute gate changes, there’s a myriad of potential hurdles to overcome before lift-off....

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How to care for nubuck

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Nubuck might be less well-known than other types of leather, but unique physical characteristics make it a natural choice for designing elegant bags and accessories.

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How to easily weigh luggage at home

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Picture the scene. You’ve spent the last 30 minutes umming and ahhing over whether your check-in meets the airline weight limit for a late-evening flight to Mykonos. Or...

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What is the softest leather?

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Why are certain types of leather softer than others? Which leather can lay claim to being the softest around? What’s the reason behind nubuck and suede’s velvety texture?...

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What is PU leather?

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Purchasing leather goods can feel like somewhat of a minefield with so much industry jargon around. PU leather — confusingly also known as artificial leather, imitation leather: the...

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Essential luggage types

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Luggage might once have been an uninspiring albeit practical necessity, but today it has been elevated to the realm of fashionable accessories. There’s a myriad of types of...

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How to pack shoes in a suitcase

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Efficient suitcase packing is like a real-world Tetris scenario. From learning the optimal method for folding shirts to ensuring every inch of suitcase space is utilised, there’s a...

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What is Nappa leather?

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  Soft with a luxe-smooth texture, Nappa leather is a sought-after commodity for designer accessories and high-end automotive upholstery. But similar to genuine leather, there is no absolute...

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What is nubuck?

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  Whether you’re a long-time leather lover or a budding novice, you’ve likely come across the term ‘nubuck’ before. This luxurious type of velvety, full-grain leather adorns everything...

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How to put a luggage tag on

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 Seasoned travellers know all too well the anxiety-inducing wait at the baggage claim. As time drags on and a planeload of unfamiliar suitcases spin around the carousel, one...

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What to pack for a trip to California

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  Our customers often email in to tell us how their Carl Friedrik suitcase or bag performed on a recent trip away. Recently, we've noticed that many are...

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Essential digital nomad hacks

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Ever dreamed of ditching the 9-5 grind for a life of endless adventure? There’s no need to dream. Armed with our digital nomad hacks, a reasonable remote work...

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The secret to folding a shirt for travel

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Whether you’re embarking on a high-stakes business trip or gallivanting around Tuscany on a care-free summer getaway, you need to look your wrinkle-free best. So in this post,...

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What is leather made out of?

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The material has roots in the pre-historic period and is instrumental in the production of everything from modern-day footwear to furniture. But what is leather made of? Put...

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Hard vs soft luggage — which is best?

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The age-old baggage conundrum rages on. Hard vs soft luggage: which is the best option? While the tried-and-tested soft-shell style remains the most popular choice among consumers, its...

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What is Saffiano leather?

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Are you struggling to differentiate Saffiano from other swanky leather styles? Then this article is for you. We’re covering all the need-to-know Saffiano information in this handy guide....

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Pebbled leather: textured to perfection

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Leather comes in many different forms. And pebbled leather — with its grainy, pebble beach-inspired texture — is up there with the likes of patent leather as one...

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Business travel tips & tricks

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While leisure travel is one of life’s great joys, a business trip can be a bit of a chore. Tight schedules, lengthy transit times, stressful client meetings and...

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Why choose polycarbonate luggage?

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Polycarbonate is one of the best hardside luggage materials available.  It’s renowned for being light, long-lasting and possessing a high level of impact resistance — everything you want...

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Leather and water: yes or no?

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Any enthusiast will tell you that leather is one of the most hardwearing, adaptable and long-lasting materials around. But if you’re about to step out in a new...

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Glossy and waterproof? It must be patent leather

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From synthetic vegan leathers to napped varieties like nubuck, there’s an impressive selection of leathers available today. But one kind that certainly stands out from the rest is...

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Getting to grips with the messenger bag

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For men, a messenger bag is the ideal companion. If you’re thinking about purchasing a versatile, well-sized bag that looks smart and sleek, then a leather messenger bag...

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What is a tannery?

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The global leather goods market was valued at a staggering $394.12 billion in 2020, with year-on-year growth of 5.9% now predicted from 2021 to 2028 (Grand View Research)....

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Cork leather: a sustainable vegan option

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What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘cork’? Many of us picture the cork stopper at the top of a half-empty bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or...

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Scandinavian minimalism — design, decor, lifestyle

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Scandinavian minimalism is an aesthetic inspired by regional trends in Nordic countries; it values simplicity, functionality and calmness. In this region, quality and uncomplicated practicality typify consumer goods...

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