Holiday Guide: 6 Practical Tech Accessories

Thinking of purchasing yet another tech device for your loved one for Hanukkah or Christmas? Nice choice! But in addition to shopping for the latest laptop, tablet or smartphone model, consider also getting him or her an add-on present. After all, what good is a new MacBook Pro for the office if you don’t have a sleek messenger bag or handbag to go with it?

To help rescue you from braving wintry weather and department store shopping one last time, take a look below at these exceptional options from Lodis Accessories and Crumpler to create that merry and bright holiday!

 

 

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For the grown man in your life, don’t subject him to office ridicule by getting him a padded backpack. Leave those styles to the college kids scurrying around campus universities. In its place gift him a roomy messenger that can store all of his daily essentials. The styles above feature a front flap with a magnetic snap or buckle closure, as well as an adjustable shoulder strap for comfortable carrying.

 

 

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For some feminine flair, your leading gal will love the look of these briefcases! The five-star rated Audrey Brera offers a super chic and clean design that's made of supple leather and detailed contrast stitching. An exterior zip-around pocket adds additional storage to its already roomy main pocket.

Not to be outdone is The Dry, a heavy duty, highly durable design that retains a contemporary edge. This bag features seven spacious storage zones, including a “mini office” organizer with card slots, phone pocket, pen loops and slip pockets, to keep organized.

 

 

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Despite tech accessories typically referred to as phone cases or laptop carryalls, wallets and clutches also fall within this category. Keep your credit and debit cards protected with the stylish, compact design of the Party Plaid and Audrey Lana. When a night out on the town beckons, these polished pieces will make your most fashionable wardrobe shine. 

 

 

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3 Must-Have Men's Fall Styles

Autumn is by far and away my favorite season to dress. Although summer shorts, tees and complementing shades can look extremely crisp and classy, it’s just not for me. Fall styling, on the other hand, is much more refined, sleek and smart, as there are no limitations to layering wardrobes. From knit sweaters, button-ups, vests and jackets to dark denim and colored chinos, you’re guaranteed to look handsomely rugged and seasonally on trend.

Fashionable clothing is undoubtedly key to a well-polished outfit; however, the sophisticated gent should never forget three basic accessories: boots, belts and bags. One by one let’s talk about what makes each of these pieces distinct, which will help you achieve a top-down, fashion-forward outfit that’ll have you walking the streets in confidence. 

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I’ve long been a sucker for a well-crafted, burnished boot to kick up the leaves and get me from point A to point B. Practical, durable and comfortable, ankle boots are a fall wardrobe staple that can be paired with any outfit, regardless of where the day takes you.

For example, if I’m in a more rough and rugged mood, the Dune London Simon suits my style well; however, if I’m trying to blend relaxed with dapper, the Stacy Adams Madison II is more my speed. Brands like Steve Madden and Robert Wayne also further my style with trendy, out-of-the-box designs for an uncompromised, all-day comfortable look. 

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Although belts may not be the most visible wardrobe add-on, that doesn’t make them any less important to own. Pro tip: plastic belts should never make its way into your wardrobe arsenal; instead, think leather all the way.

Bed Stu, a brand that balks at the idea of mass production, prides itself on detailed craftsmanship by utilizing traditional techniques. In fact, they use natural leathers and a vegetable-based tanning process when available. Click the image above and check out a few of their most popular belts to wear for fall, and year round.

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If you often find yourself on the go, don’t you dare leave your luxury loft without an urban-chic messenger bag by your side. Not only are these bags stylish, they’re more grown-up and just as functional as a backpack. With roomy storage and an exterior flap pocket, you’ll be able to pack your laptop and other necessities with ease.

Fully adaptable, you can wear these babies across your chest or detach the strap for a traditional carry. Made of varied canvas materials, these Bed Stu bags will surely be the exclamation mark to your fall style.

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New Brand Spotlight: Filson

In 1897, C.C. Filson began outfitting prospectors headed for the Gold Rush with apparel and goods strong enough to contend with the toughest spots on Earth. Today, Filson is a global manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer constantly developing new products to serve those who refuse to stay indoors.

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With company headquarters located above its factory in Seattle, Washington, Filson remains committed to producing unfailing goods that live up to its founder’s promise of: “We guarantee every item purchased from us. No more, no less. Your satisfaction is the sole purpose of our transaction.”

C.C. Filson patented the Cruiser Jacket pattern in 1914. Though the patent has long since expired, the jacket remains the company’s flagship garment, which Filson continues to manufacture to their founder’s exacting standards at its Seattle factory. The Cruiser was originally offered in a heavy waxed cotton called Oil Finish Tin Cloth and thick Mackinaw Wool. Both fabrics remain central to their line today. Other core products include Oil Finish Tin Cloth Pants, Rugged Twill Luggage, and collections of garments and tools to outfit hunters, fisherman, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Filson is committed to manufacturing its goods at the factory best equipped to create products of the highest quality. Filson is proud to manufacture the majority of its products at its union factories in Seattle.

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New Brand Spotlight: SOLO

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For over a century, SOLO® has been designing bags and cases specifically for the professional who makes things happen. As you climb the corporate ladder, you need a case that is as ambitious and hardworking as you are. From backpacks to rolling cases and totes to sleeves, SOLO is right there by your side helping you to achieve more.

Whether you demand a traditional briefcase for your daily office needs or a rolling overnighter that packs all the organization you need for that unexpected business trip, SOLO is designed for success with great style, intelligent functionality, and quality craftsmanship.

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New Brand Spotlight: Ben Minkoff

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Crafted as a study in classic Americana, Ben Minkoff marries modern practicality with mid-century ruggedness. Introduced in Spring 2011, the collection is inspired by the iconic military heritage of his grandfather who was a World War II fighter pilot. Incorporating military design elements into masculine silhouettes, Ben Minkoff blends nostalgia and modernity; functionality and style. This collection seamlessly incorporates into the lifestyle of a dynamic, hardworking man.

More Ben Minkoff styles coming soon!