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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,...

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Introducing: Rover collection

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  We’re pleased to reveal our latest range: the Rover collection. The collection is for those seeking an everyday bag that is tailored to dynamic lifestyles, while also...

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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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The alluring appeal of vintage suitcases

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No matter how much time has passed since their heyday, we are still delighted by the time-honoured charm and solid construction of vintage suitcases. In fact, you may...

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Spotted: Carl Friedrik in HBO's Succession

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As loyal fans of HBO’s Emmy-winning drama, Succession, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the return of the third series. Succession has gained a reputation for hitting the cultural zeitgeist...

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Travel hack: how to use packing cubes

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Some people don’t mind a little clutter. But if you’re anything like us, you prefer to be organised and neat whenever possible. It’s natural to crave organisation in...

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What to take on a plane?

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There’s a lot of frustrating variables to contend with when you take a flight. From potential delays to below-par airline food, unwanted noise and cramped conditions. But the...

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The key types of wallets for men

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Wallets: they’re an integral part of any man’s everyday carry — stylish, practical accessories that store our cash, cards and ID documents. The rise of the digital wallet...

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What is vegan leather?

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While environmentalists and animal-rights groups have long been championing vegan leather as an ethical alternative to animal leather, it seems the rest of the world is only just...

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Travel in the pandemic

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How has international travel been affected by the pandemic? We’ve surveyed Carl Friedrik customers, analysed Google Trends data and conducted wider research in a bid to answer this...

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Genuine leather: the difficult truth

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Although widely used in leather-related discourse, genuine leather is perhaps the most misunderstood term in the industry, if not the entire fashion world. You’ll see it stamped on...

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Must-have EDC essentials for gents

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EDC: what started as a niche hobby with a limited following on obscure internet forums has quickly evolved into a thriving subculture. The community is diverse, counting preppers,...

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Italian leather: the best leather in the world?

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Much like delicately aged French wine or grass-fed Argentinian beef, Italian leather is synonymous with quality and tradition. The Italian peninsula has long been regarded as the epicentre...

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Suitcase packing guide: how to pack efficiently

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Every year, as your long-awaited holiday etches ever closer, attention must inevitably turn to an irritating and often time-consuming task: suitcase packing. A calculated approach to this task...

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What is full-grain leather?

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If you’re a fan of leather, like us, it may have left you asking yourself, ‘What is full grain leather?’ And, ‘What makes it different from other types...

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