The long weekend trip away seems to be more popular then ever, so how do you travel in style on this trips. Today I will look at the bag you will need for your trip away and nothing beats a beautiful handmade leather bag, especially one that is made in Italy. I am reviewing the FleroM luxury leather overnight bag from Maxwell Scott Bags, a British company which designs bags in the UK and produces them in Italy.
The FleroM is a medium sized bag that is part of a range of 4 different overnight bags which come in small (17 litres), medium (38 litres), large (56 litres) and extra large (72 litres). The FleroM is perfect in that it is the largest bag in the range that can still be used in the overhead locker on airplanes. This probably explains why the FleroM is the best selling bag at Maxwell Scott Bags. The FleroM comes in three different colours Classic Tan, Dark Chocolate and Night Black. The review model is the Classic Tan which in my opinion is the nicest colour of the range.
The bag arrived via courier and came with a flannel dust cover, to keep the bag in good shape whilst you store it away. When unpacking the bag the first thing I noticed was the smell of real leather, it straight away set the tone that I was dealing with a quality product. The design of the bag is classic and understated, the FleroM comes with two handles, two belt buckles and a detachable adjustable shoulder strap. I loved the name tag which is in the same colour as the bag and features the Maxwell Scott Bags logo.
The interior of the bag is lined with faux leather and has a small zipped compartment which is ideal to store your important documents away. The zipped compartment also shows the Maxwell Scott branding embossed in the leather. The exterior of the bag is made of full grain leather which is tanned following 200 year old Italian traditions. Full-grain leather is the thick top section of the cowhide and is considered the finest type.
The smell of the leather and its suppleness gave away that I was dealing with a product made of quality materials. Other things to look out for to see if a bag is quality are the stitching, the zip and the practicality of using it. This bag is stitched very well together, especially around the zip area you notice the use of double stitching. The zips are YKK zips and these are still the best you can get. The bag is very easy to use as it has only one large compartment and a zip that goes from bottom to bottom allowing easy access to your luggage.
Your Mans Bag Image Counts
It still surprises me when I see a man pull up in a nice car and well dressed and then he walks into a hotel with a fabric backpack or worse still, a smelly gym bag. I would certainly encourage you that a gym bag is not a mans bag. When I traveled with the FleroM throughout Gatwick airport I was wondering what people were looking at. It then occurred to me that this FleroM bag was drawing the right attention. The classic tan is striking and will go with most outfits, however make sure that you do not under dress for this bag. Don’t use this bag and wear a pair of flips flops, you get the idea.
You can’t go wrong with the FleroM it is a classic design, well made with quality materials all backed up with a 25 year warranty.
Details of FleroM
- Where to buy: http://www.maxwellscottbags.com/
- Price: £450
- Secure twin buckle straps
- Floor to floor wide zip opening
- Adjustable, detachable shoulder strap
- Metal feet to base
- Capacity: 38 Litres (cabin size)
- Dimensions: 51 x 29 x 25 cm (width, height, depth)
- Weight: 2.1 kg