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How to easily weigh luggage at home

Published 1 months ago

Picture the scene. You’ve spent the last 30 minutes umming and ahhing over whether your check-in meets the airline weight limit for a late-evening flight to Mykonos. Or...

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What is the softest leather?

Published 1 months ago

Why are certain types of leather softer than others? Which leather can lay claim to being the softest around? What’s the reason behind nubuck and suede’s velvety texture?...

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Best luxury bleisure cities in the world

Best luxury bleisure cities in the world

Published 2 months ago

We've put together a guide to the best luxury bleisure destinations in the world using data from Airbnb, TripAdvisor and other sources....

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What is PU leather?

Published 3 months ago

Purchasing leather goods can feel like somewhat of a minefield with so much industry jargon around. PU leather — confusingly also known as artificial leather, imitation leather: the...

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Three types of luggage: backpack, weekender and carry-on suitcase

Essential luggage types

Published 4 months ago

Luggage might once have been an uninspiring albeit practical necessity, but today it has been elevated to the realm of fashionable accessories. There’s a myriad of types of...

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How to pack shoes in a suitcase

Published 4 months ago

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 lot...

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What is Nappa leather?

Published 6 months ago

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 definition...

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Sheet of light brown velvety nubuck leather

What is nubuck?

Published 6 months ago

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 from...

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How to put a luggage tag on

Published 6 months ago

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, one...

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Introducing: Rover collection

Introducing: Rover collection

Published 7 months ago

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 satisfying...

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What to pack for a trip to California

What to pack for a trip to California

Published 9 months ago

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 heading...

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Essential digital nomad hacks

Published 9 months ago

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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In Conversation With... Edmund Weil, award-winning bar owner & columnist

In Conversation With... Edmund Weil, award-winning bar owner & columnist

Published 10 months ago

Edmund Weil is an award-winning bar owner and columnist at Class Magazine. Renowned for their distinct speakeasy style, Edmund and his wife Rosie's London venues — Nightjar, Oriole...

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Carry-on suitcase filled with folded shirts for travel

The secret to folding a shirt for travel

Published 11 months ago

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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Animal hides beside vat in leather tannery

What is leather made out of?

Published 11 months ago

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-shell polycarbonate suitcase beside black chair and brown briefcase

Hard vs soft luggage — which is best?

Published 1 years ago

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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Blue Saffiano leather watch strap on wooden bench

What is Saffiano leather?

Published 1 years ago

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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Multicoloured sheets of pebbled leather

Pebbled leather: textured to perfection

Published 1 years ago

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

Published 1 years ago

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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Polycarbonate luggage set with two suitcases

Why choose polycarbonate luggage?

Published 1 years ago

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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Brown leather briefcase beside polycarbonate carry-on suitcase

Briefcase vs suitcase — who comes out on top?

Published 1 years ago

Headed on a short business trip and contemplating which piece of luggage would best suit your needs? Or just searching for more information on the briefcase vs suitcase...

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Checked suitcase, carry-on suitcase and brown leather weekend bag

The ultimate travel debate: checked bag vs carry-on

Published 1 years ago

The carry-on vs checked bag debate continues to polarise the opinion of travel experts right across the globe. But while it might be hard for those tangled up...

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Water drops on brown leather

Leather and water: yes or no?

Published 1 years ago

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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Sheet of beige, shiny patent leather

Glossy and waterproof? It must be patent leather

Published 1 years ago

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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Sheets of multi-coloured nubuck and suede leather

Nubuck vs suede – cut from a different cloth

Published 1 years ago

Suede and nubuck have a lot in common, but the truth is, explaining the differences between these two softer leathers can get a little fuzzy. Ever wonder why...

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Man dressed in a blue suit with brown messenger bag

Getting to grips with the messenger bag

Published 1 years ago

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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Tanner hanging up sheets of leather

What is a tannery?

Published 1 years ago

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

Published 1 years ago

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

Scandinavian minimalism — design, decor, lifestyle

Published 1 years ago

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

The alluring appeal of vintage suitcases

Published 1 years ago

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

Spotted: Carl Friedrik in HBO's Succession

Published 1 years ago

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

Published 1 years ago

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?

What to take on a plane?

Published 1 years ago

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

The key types of wallets for men

Published 1 years ago

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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Rolled up sheet of light brown vegan leather

What is vegan leather?

Published 1 years ago

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

Travel in the pandemic

Published 1 years ago

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

Genuine leather: the difficult truth

Published 1 years ago

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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Cataloguing the many styles of the watch band

Cataloguing the many styles of the watch band

Published 1 years ago

You could be forgiven for thinking that the word ‘oyster’ refers to a seawater mollusc, or that NATO is an alliance of countries with close political and military...

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Must-have EDC essentials for gents

Must-have EDC essentials for gents

Published 1 years ago

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?

Italian leather: the best leather in the world?

Published 1 years ago

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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In Conversation With... Simon Shaw, creative communications thought leader

In Conversation With... Simon Shaw, creative communications thought leader

Published 1 years ago

Simon Shaw currently leads the global creative agenda at international PR consultancy, Hill + Knowlton Strategies. He spends his time creating integrated marketing campaigns (IMC) for leading brands...

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An investigation into leather oils: what is the best oil for leather?

An investigation into leather oils: what is the best oil for leather?

Published 1 years ago

There is a myriad of myths and misconceptions surrounding leather care. A large proportion of these relate to the application of oils to treat and nourish leather goods....

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Suitcase packing guide: how to pack efficiently

Suitcase packing guide: how to pack efficiently

Published 1 years ago

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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Bringing clarity to your carry: our guide to the best bags for men

Bringing clarity to your carry: our guide to the best bags for men

Published 2 years ago

Bags: from briefcases born out of the Industrial Revolution, to the ‘bread bags’ of the Great Wars and the 21st century man bag, ever since we’ve needed to...

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Leather patina — demystifying the leather ageing process

Leather patina — demystifying the leather ageing process

Published 2 years ago

In the world of leather, ‘patina’ is a bit of a buzzword. And because high-quality leather is at the heart of many of our products, we’ve built up...

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Your guide on how to choose the right watch strap size

Your guide on how to choose the right watch strap size

Published 2 years ago

A common adage amongst watch enthusiasts is that new straps can reinvigorate a timepiece’s appearance and make it a more flexible accessory. The act of changing your straps...

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How to work from home well, be productive and stay organised

How to work from home well, be productive and stay organised

Published 2 years ago

In the last few months, working from home has been revolutionised. More people are working from home than ever before, and we are seeing a shift in the...

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What is full-grain leather?

What is full-grain leather?

Published 2 years ago

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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What and how to pack for a business trip

What and how to pack for a business trip

Published 3 years ago

It’s a Monday morning and you are heading to the office. You walk in with your take-out flat white but before you can even sit down and make...

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Italian Vachetta leather in all its beauty explained

Italian Vachetta leather in all its beauty explained

Published 3 years ago

Centre stage in the manufacture of everything from high-end luggage items to briefcases, Vachetta leather is near the top of the pecking order when it comes to luxury...

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Packing for a weekend trip is both exciting and stressful – Our simple guide to make your life easier.

Packing for a weekend trip is both exciting and stressful – Our simple guide to make your life easier.

Published 3 years ago

Millennials see ‘travelling’ as a legitimate pass time and take any excuse to escape our own four walls and routines, even if it is only for a weekend....

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Why does my bag need care? It’s leather!

Why does my bag need care? It’s leather!

Published 3 years ago

When you choose to purchase a leather bag or briefcase from Carl Friedrik, we want you to be as pleased with your new briefcase or laptop case in...

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How to repair and restore cracked leather and bring it back to its former glory

How to repair and restore cracked leather and bring it back to its former glory

Published 3 years ago

Can you fix cracked leather? It’s one of the most common questions we, as leather experts, get asked. The answer depends on the type of damage – but...

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What happens when leather gets wet – and how to fix it

What happens when leather gets wet – and how to fix it

Published 3 years ago

Rescuing wet leather need not be a hopeless task provided you keep in mind three key things: timing, patience and a small amount of elbow grease. Lock these...

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What is vegetable tanned leather?

What is vegetable tanned leather?

Published 4 years ago

Vegetable tanned leather is championed by leather connoisseurs, skilled artisans and, well, us (we incorporate it into all of our products). It’s a multifaceted topic that we love...

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Our Raccagni zippers are designed to handle the rigours of life on the go. Here’s how.

Our Raccagni zippers are designed to handle the rigours of life on the go. Here’s how.

Published 5 years ago

In our world chock-full of wondrous smartphone apps that can (supposedly) teach you a new language in a fortnight or turn on your washing machine when you’re on...

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Introducing: Collection 3

Introducing: Collection 3

Published 5 years ago

About a year ago we realised there was something missing with men’s backpacks. Despite there being no shortage of backpacks on the market, we found all to be...

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The Carl Friedrik visual identity

The Carl Friedrik visual identity

Published 5 years ago

The new Carl Friedrik visual identity is the result of a collaboration with the creative agency Two Times Elliott and tireless efforts of our own team. Here we’d...

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