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Travel Tools: Globe-trotting Totes

Freitag's recycled products for any weather, anywhere.

When it comes to travel gear that’s functional, waterproof and strong, urban bike couriers know best. So when brothers Markus and Daniel Freitag set out to design the perfect transport bag in 1993, they took their cues from the cyclists.

Combining the messenger bag concept with an eye for functional design and the most weather-resistant materials they could think of, they created the ultimate eco-chic bag. Composed of an old truck tarp (for the bag itself), a used bicycle tire (for the trim) and a seatbelt (for the strap), that first creation has since evolved into a full line of Freitag tote bags, backpacks, travel bags and more.

All of Freitag’s products are handmade, beginning as the first did — with salvaged, used truck tarps. Resilient enough to be toted throughout your travels, these products are a must-consider for your next trip, be it across town or across the world.

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F48 Hazzard

Square backpack with comfortable padding, quick-access pockets and stowing space for electronics up to 17 inches. US$358

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F24 iPhone 4/4S Sleeve

With a velvety lining to remove finger- and ear-prints, plus a lift-up strap to allow for easy answering. Similar iPad sleeve also available. US$61

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