Nothing looks and feels sillier than carrying a roll-aboard bag for a 2-days or short trip. It’s heavy and will definitely complicate your short trip. What you need for such trips is weekender luggage enough to carry a few days’ clothes, and compact enough to put in the overhead compartment.
A perfect weekender bag is practical, versatile, and offers convenience for short trips. Whether you are attending a wedding or short business trip, you just need a sleek weekender. Fortunately, there are any weekender designer luggages Australia for you to select from. Here are just some of the best weekender luggages:
Peak Design 35L Duffel
Peak Design 35L Duffel bag is not only stylish but also weatherproof, insanely practical, and lightweight. The bag is made from recycled 400D nylon canvas, which is extremely durable. With the aluminium hardware, the Peak Design 35L Duffel is the kind of weekender luggage that will change your appearance.
The sleek design of the Peak Design 35L Duffel is one of the features that sets this bag apart from the competition. The wide opening makes it easy to pack and unpack your clothes in the compartment. The bag also comes with other small compartments for your tech gadgets and other travel accessories.
Filson Medium Rugged Twill Duffle Bag
The Medium Rugged Twill Duffle Bag from the American-based designer Filson is a perfect definition of weekender luggage. Designed for men, the Twill Duffle Bag does not compromise quality, design, and performance. It’s made from water-resistant timeless material, while leather straps give it a cool rugged look.
The design of this Filson weekender bag allows for easy packing of your things, including clothes and other gear in the two main compartments. There are also smaller compartments for laptops, phones, tablets, and other devices. With rust proof zipper, leather straps, this bag offers incredible durability features.
The Twill Weekender by Everlane
This dapper weekender luggage from Everlane is worth every dollar spent on it. With a practical and minimalist design, this bag gives you not only enough space to pack for a short getaway packing but also a stylish look.
With water-resistant cotton twill material, your things will be safe even in wet weather. The straps are premium leather and are long enough to even function as shoulder straps. The high-quality materials used to ensure longevity for this weekend luggage.
AWAY The Weekender
The Weekender from AWAY designer would make an ideal for your weekend getaway. It’s a very practical weekender bag that’s crafted from cotton canvas. The design of the compartment helps for easy packing and unpacking your things. It also features a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve and pockets for small devices such as e-reader, tablets, and so on.
But one of the unique features of AWAY The Weekender includes the exterior shoe compartment and detachable should straps that add to your carrying flexibility. It comes in colours and some leather accents, hence the classic look.
Topo Designs 40L Travel Bag
Elegance, craftsmanship, and the cool rugged look is what defines this weekender bag from Topo Designs. 40L Travel Bag will not only solve your needs but also enhances your appearance. The bag is insanely practical. It is small enough for carry-on and large enough for all your travel needs.
With 100D Cordura nylon material, the bag offers astounding durability features. Apart from the main compartment, there are many internal pocked for gadgets storage and special laptop sleeve. It’s an ideal bag for your business trips and weekend getaways.
BÉIS Weekender Bag
BEIS has one of the best designer luggages Australia. The label has some of the sleekest short trip bags for ladies. The BEIS Weekender Bag offers the best versatility for short vacations. Whether you are looking forward to a road trip or weekend beach trip, this bag is adaptable for all kinds of short trips.
Apart from the main compartment that makes it easy to pack and unpack your things, there are small compartments for your devices such as laptops, tablets, phones, and other gadgets. With a water-resistant interior fabric, your things will be safe from wet weather.
Cuyana Triple Zipper Weekender
As the name suggests, this chic weekender from Cuyana comes with three separate compartments. Designed for female travellers, the Cuyana’s Triple Zipper Weekender is stylish that will solve all your travel needs. It can accommodate a few days’ clothes, cosmetics, and all other gadgets you need.
The weekender bag is made from durable canvas native to Turkey, while straps are made from premium Vachetta leather. The gold metal hardware adds to the sleekness and chicness of this weekender. It’s, therefore, a perfect bag for ladies’ travel needs.
If you are looking for the best luggage designer Australia, these are just a few of the best labels you can pick from. The trick is to get a chic design, right size, and the best quality material for a better experience.read more
By far our favourite show of the week, the Toni Maticevski spring/summer collection was an impressive display of the designers refined craftsmanship.
Featuring two-toned neoprene gowns, contrasting exposed zip detailing, dramatic strapless necklines and bouquet like clutches by Dr. Cooper Studio, there’s no question that only a master of fabric manipulation could have created this collection.
The runway was a dramatic and emotional affair with audible “gasps” filling the audience as each piece paraded the catwalk. As Toni himself appeared he stood in the centre of the runway as his show-stopping collection swarmed around him. This was truly of international standard; we could have easily been at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Paris, New York, London or Milan.read more
Why are Australian designers going overseas to get their clothes made and what impact is that having on the Australian clothing industry?
A quick peek at the manufacturing label on any piece from your favourite Australian designer will more often than not profess ‘Made in (insert low wage country here)’ rather than proudly ‘Made in Australia’ and according to the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) this has long been common practice, with China and India among the biggest ragtraders. In a TFIA study of Australian brands it was revealed, ‘up to 50 percent of clothes now sold in Australia are manufactured overseas, mainly in low-wage countries’, which is great for designers but worrying news for local manufacturers and an important issue to be considered by discerning fashionistas.
The shift from a well protected domestic textiles market to one increasingly reliant on importation of materials and exportation of labour was partly catalysed by the reduction of government tariffs on imported goods in recent decades. It was also due to the ‘recession years of 1991-93 [when] large numbers of clothing and textiles firms closed down and wholesalers increased their direct importing’, according to a Retailing and Textiles Production study conducted by Victoria University. The direct impacts of which was not only a loss of innovative technology, but the loss of a skilled workforce in the industry and subsequently, the inability for Australian manufacturers to meet the volume demands that offshore manufacturers could provide.
However, it’s not just the fact that local manufacturing has become as outdated as bedazzled jeans, but the issue of price which has pushed a lot of Aussie designers offshore. In general, manufacturing overseas in China, India and Bali most commonly is cheaper. The price of labour is greatly reduced and many designers argue there is greater choice of materials. Though at what cost do these appealing aspects of offshore manufacturing come?
For starters, the issue of offshore work standards and the well-publicised matter of worker exploitation and sweatshops is a huge factor that drives price. This is not to say Australian designers employ bad ethical practices when it comes to outsourcing their production, but it is important to recognize that cheap labour often means compromising working conditions. Rather than handballing this responsibility to their overseas suppliers, designers should be aware of whether their workers are being treated fairly. As should shoppers, in terms of knowing if their purchases have been ethically made.
Furthermore, as premium Australian brands charge upwards of hundreds of dollars for their product and the average manufacturing worker in China earns 40cents an hour compared to the $21 hourly average wage of an Australian worker, customers must question if a offshore worker is being charged so little – how can a designer charge so much?
Frankly though, the issue of worker exploitation is also one much closer to home. Back in 2007, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article exposing prominent Aussie designer Lisa Ho for failing to sign a code of practice to protect domestic textile workers from poor pay and sweatshop conditions. When contacted about the issue, Ho had her lips sewn firmly together. No surprises there, but with 300,000 – mainly women currently working in the Australian textile industry at home, it seems rather unfashionable that such a well-known local designer would not support the industry and the right to fair wages and conditions in order to strengthen the quality of local manufacturing.
Credit must be given therefore to Australian designers who choose to support local industry. Arabella Ramsay has long sought to keep production of her self-titled label and its whimsical dresses and retro inspired pieces local (with the exception of her leather goods which are produced in India). As have Bassike, which uses organic fabrics and back local manufacturing. Many up and coming independent brands also strive to produce garments locally but often struggle as many local manufacturers don’t see profit in completing small orders.
Thus, in order to rectify the debilitating effect offshore production has had on the Australian clothing industry, manufacturers and designers must compromise on how to make the best quality product at the most viable price. As “clothing and textile sales are worth $9 billion each year” according to TIFA, we owe it to our local industry to improve Australian manufacturing.
In Australia, we’re increasingly becoming known for our innovative creative industry and so when it comes to textiles manufacturing, our thinking should be fashion-forward instead of following trends. By investing in the Australian clothing industry, we can develop factories with skilled workers and ensure quality products as designers can readily work more closely with the production process. In turn, if manufacturers can agree to produce smaller orders at competitive prices, independent, up and coming Aussie designers can afford to produce garments locally and pave the way for local labels who can be proud to declare ‘Made in Australia’.read more