World of Avallone - Men's Fashion & Lifestyle
Australian Celebrity Harry Cook Endorses Avallone! June 01 2016
One of our most popular products, the 1st Class Traveler Duffle Bag, was recently acquired by Australian movie star Harry Cook!
Harry Cook came into contact with Avallone via our website, and fell in love with our unique designs, and high quality Italian leather used on all of our Luxury leather goods. Harry particularly loved the 1st Class Traveler Duffle Bag in brown. He could not resist the unique blend of Italian Napa leather and Lamb Suede, along with the high quality and superior style of the handmade leather bag. After receiving the Avallone handmade leather bag, Harry was so elated, he posted about the 1st Class Traveler Duffle bag on all of his social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
In addition to handmade leather bags, we also make handmade leather wallets, belts, passport holders, and a variety of other men’s luxury leather accessories. Click here to browse our entire selection of men's handmade leather goods. Current prices range from $19 to $638, and also feature a brand new Canvas & Leather Collection.
If you would like to find a local retailer who carries Avallone leather goods, go to the “Find a Retailer” link in the footer of our website.
Obama Needs a New Bag and No One Cares! January 15 2016
Although we are not sure how old this picture is, it has come to our attention that President Obama may be in dire need of a new handmade leather bag. You would think that a man in a position of such power would have maybe 10-20 new leather bags lined up at the Whitehouse as ready replacements. However, according to this picture, that is not the case. We couldn’t help but wonder what brand this current leather bag is, or why it’s so over-packed and worn looking.
Being the men’s handmade leather bag specialists that we are, we attempted to get in direct contact with Mr. President Obama to find out exactly what was going on. We tried to make contact via phone. We explained to person screening the call that we believed President Obama had an emergency situation on his hands, and was in dire need of our help. When asked what this emergency situation was, we referenced the picture of Obama with his worn out leather bag, and explained we were calling to offer an immediate solution to the problem. The person on the other end did not think this was very important and ended the call.
Then we thought maybe it would be better to send mail since, according to the Whitehouse.gov website, Obama reads 10 letters per day from the public. We put together one of the best letters our company has ever written, attached this picture as evidence, and sent if off. Guess what happened next… Nothing! No response or any indication that Obama even received our letter.
We were trying to think of what to do next when it dawned on us: Obama doesn’t have a new leather bag because no one can get through to him. So, it seems until the Whitehouse can get a better screening system for phone calls and emails, the president will continue to use a worn out/over-packed leather bag, unless anyone reading this article knows the President personally.
Do any of you know Mr. President Obama? If so, consider it your patriotic duty to ensure he gets in contact with us over here at Avallone (unless you voted for the other guy). Our handmade leather bags and accessories, complete with a lifetime warranty, will ensure he never gets embarrassed by a worn out/over-packed bag again.
New Men’s Handmade Leather Goods Line Coming! January 07 2016
We are now anouncing the release of a newly crafted men’s handmade leather goods line titled the “Canvas & Leather Collection”. The new Canvas & Leather Collection is made from distressed crazy horse leather and canvas with 2 color combinations that will be available, contains a warranty to protect the buyer from any defects, and will be suitable for any working professional or world traveler.
This new men’s handmade leather goods collection will consist of different styles of men’s wallets and bags, which are to be made in color combinations of Navy Blue Canvas with Brown Leather, and Light Grey Canvas with Dark Grey Leather. All of the men’s wallets and bags in the Canvas and Leather Collection will be handmade and equipped with a traditional Avallone Warranty to ensure a high quality product. Additionally, all of the mens wallets will have RFID protection. These new men’s handmade leather goods also feature simple designs and unique color options, not replicated by any other brands in the market, and are the perfect definition of style and class. The Canvas & Leather Collection is set to launch around late January or early February of 2016.
Check out some of the photos below for a quick preview of our new men's handmade leather goods collection:
men's Canvas & Leather Backpack in Navy Blue
men's Canvas & Leather Duffle in Grey
men's Canvas & Leather Small Weekender in Navy Blue
men's Canvas & Leather Briefcase in Grey
Avallone also makes more men's handmade leather goods in all leather. Just click here to proceed to our full product selection.
3 Reasons Why Leather Bags Make the Best Gifts December 11 2015
With Christmas right around the corner, you might still be wondering what to get as gifts for some of the more special people in your life. Well you can look no further as all of us here at Avallone agree that the best gift you can get anyone for Christmas is a new handmade leather bag. Are we biased? Maybe a little, after all, we do make very nice men’s handmade leather bags, with a lifetime warranty I might add, but that’s not why we think they are the best gifts to give.
Here are 3 Non-Biased reasons why:
A Quality Leather Bag Will Last Them Years if not a Lifetime
If you’re buying a quality handmade leather bag, a bag that is made with quality construction and premium leather, it will last a very, very long time. It won’t just last for weeks or months, but years, maybe even the rest of their life if they take very good care of it.
They Will Remember You Every Time They Use It
Every time that person uses the handmade leather bag you gave them, they will remember that you gave it to them, and how happy you made them feel. This is especially true for a high quality, handmade leather bag. So, if you want that person to remember you for years, if not a lifetime, start shopping for their new Christmas present: A Handmade Leather Bag.
People Love to Receive Unique, High Quality Items
When is the last time you received a unique, high quality leather bag as a present? Personally, I have never received one, even before I started Avallone. I am willing to bet very few of you have received one as a gift. Most people receive clothing, gift certificates, and money. When someone gets something that stands out from the rest of their gifts, they feel important, happy, and very grateful towards that person who took the extra time and care to buy them something they may only get a few times, if not once in their life.
Now that you have 3 very big reasons to get that important person in your life a high quality, premium leather bag, get started shopping. Whether it’s your boss (maybe you want a promotion), a family member, best friend, or spouse, Avallone has a nice selection for you to start your online shopping with. All of our luxury leather bags are handmade, come with a lifetime warranty, and feature a unique blend of Italian leather and lamb suede that combine European style with modern function.
Executive Leather Laptop Carrier by Avallone Shown Above
3 Easy Ways to Care for Any Leather Bag November 25 2015
So, you have finally bought that new handmade leather bag you’ve been saving for. Now the only question left in your mind is: How do I clean and take care of this luxury leather bag to keep it looking great?
The following are the 3 best ways to take care of any quality handmade leather bag.
How to Preserve the Leathers Quality
To preserve the leather quality of your handmade leather bag, try Pecard Leather Dressing. It’s best used on a new leather product to preserve it, and help prevent premature wear from stains. However, it can also be used on a product that you’ve previously used. Just keep in mind; it could take up to 1 week for the leather bag to absorb it depending on the thickness of its leather.
How to Clean a Stain
Many things can stain your new handmade leather bag including ketchup, sunblock, hairspray, or even water. There is also a distinction between water based stains and oil based stains. Water based stains such as ketchup, water, and the like can be treated at home.
For water-based stains, Avallone recommends using saddle soap. You’ll want to apply it as soon as possible after the stain has occurred. You should blot or wipe the product onto the stain. However, to be on the safe side, you may want to first test the product on a small area of the bag, because depending on the type of leather, it could cause its own stain.
For oil based stains such as paint, oil, or wax, we recommend going to a professional cleaning service. These stains are much harder to take out then water based stains, and you do not want to risk further damaging your new handmade leather bag.
How to Store Your Handmade Leather Bag When Not Being Used
When you’re not using your new handmade leather bag, you may want to put it somewhere safe. To correctly store any quality leather bag, the leather needs to be able to breath. If you’re new handmade leather bag did not come with a dust cover (all Avallone leather bags come with one), it’s best to use a pillow case. To best store the leather bag, gently fold it and place it in the dust cover or pillow case in a dark closet. Also avoid storing the item where temperatures can be extremely hot or cold, as this is also not good for the handmade leather bag.
If you’re reading this, but have not actually bought a new handmade leather bag yet, take a few minutes to browse the Avallone Luxury website. All of our men’s handmade leather bags come with Free Shipping and a Lifetime Warranty!
1 Easy Way to Improve Your Professional Image October 23 2015
Oscar Wilde once said; “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Then again, Oscar Wilde never worked in modern day corporate America, where many offices have a casual policy and some people get ostracized for wearing a tie, when no one else is. You might ask yourself, how is it possible to enhance my professional image without being politically incorrect in the office.
Since today’s professional culture is dominated by casual dress codes where many people no longer need to wear a suit or tie, many people carry unprofessional bags. In some cases, where employees are required to wear a suit or tie, you will still find many people carrying non-professional bags. Some of these bags can include college backpacks, bags made from synthetic materials like polyurethane, and even plastic bags from the local grocery store. However one easy way to maintain or enhance your professional image without the drama of wearing a tie in a “tie-less” work place, or simply improve the look of your suit in a business formal environment, is to carry a professional, high quality leather bag, to and from work, every day.
The effect of a quality, genuine leather bag on your professional image is priceless. It can be the difference between being the next one in line for a promotion or not. Taking the time to pick out a quality, handmade leather bag for work communicates to your coworkers and superiors that you are organized, mature, stylish, and professional, all quality characteristics of any business person. Just think, have you ever seen a Hollywood movie featuring an important business person carrying a plastic grocery bag to work every day?
Now that you see how important an investment in a handmade luxury leather bag is for work, you must make sure to find a high quality item with fine leather. If you do not, you will risk looking cheap, and may even detract from the overall look of your outfit. For more details on finding a good handmade leather bag, see our blog post on “How to Spot Fake Leather When Shopping”. The best thing about buying a quality handmade leather bag, is that you can get away with any style leather bag, and still look professional. As long as the bag is genuine, high quality leather, any duffle bag, briefcase, tote bag, or even backpack will work.
Click here to check out some of Avallone’s handmade leather bags for men! We have a selection of handmade leather briefcases, laptop carriers, backpacks, weekender bags, and duffle’s, all included with a lifetime warranty.
Should You Wear a Backpack to Work? September 17 2015
The short answer is yes; as long as it’s not your old college backpack, or something that looks like it should be taken on a camping trip.
I don't think these are the looks you're going for.
When I worked on Wall Street, I would take the path train from Jersey City into NYC every day. Along the way I would look at the different types of bags men carried to and from work. This was actually where I first started getting inspired to create a men’s leather goods collection. As I observed the daily bags men carried, I noticed a few things. First, many of the bags men used were over-done with too many pockets and straps that just didn’t look right unless you were going camping. Second, many of the men going to work were still using what looked like their old college backpack similar to Jansport or Eastpack bags. A lot of the men who used these backpacks actually wore them with a professional business suit. Third, the people who put in some extra effort and carried a quality leather bag, looked a lot more professional and well-put together. Someone you might think worked in upper-management, if not due for a promotion anytime soon.
That's a bit more like it!
This brings me back to my original point. Please do carry a backpack or leather shoulder bag of your choice to work, but make sure you invest in a quality, professional leather bag. When wearing a professional business suit, the worst thing you can do is pair that with something that makes you look like a student. I know many of you may not wear a suit to work every day, but that is no excuse to continue using what appears to be a student backpack for a professional job in the city. A professional leather backpack or leather bag will not only help to improve your appearance, but it will show your superiors and co-workers that you take work seriously. Just think, have you ever seen the CEO roll into work with a Jansport on their back?
As I stated before, many of my daily train observances helped me create styles that keep the working professional looking professional, as well as stylish. So, Avallone’s solution to the college backpack conundrum is our Antique Leather Backpack. It’s handmade with 9 stitches per inch, features a unique combination of leather and suede, and comes with a Lifetime Warranty. It’s something even the CEO would wear. Check it out below, or click here to view it on our website!
If you’re not looking for a backpack but still need a professional leather bag, check out our full selection of men’s handmade leather bags here.
-By Christopher J. Avallon, Founder & CEO of Avallone
New Handmade Leather Bag Product Videos July 30 2015
As you know we have already published a set of product videos for our complete line of handmade leather wallets for men. Now we are starting to publish these same types of videos for our mens handmade leather bags. These product videos are intended to help everyone make a better buying decision while shopping for a new handmade leather bag. Each video contains a general desciption of the handmade leather bag, along with product features, and an up-close personal view of the leather, interior, and exterior areas on each leather bag.
So far we have published 3 new videos for the products in our mens handmade leather bags category. You can find each video on our product details page for each leather bag. However, to save you the time from browsing our website, we included the videos below.
The first one is on our Antique Leather Backpack.
Check it out:
The next video is on our Executive Leather Laptop Carrier in Brown:
The last video is on our Antique Leather Briefcase:
Those are all of our new men's handmade leather bag videos for now, but we'll keep you posted as we come out with more!
Flying? Check Your Carry-On Size First! July 19 2015
Whether you are flying internationally or domestically, there are no such things as universal carry-on regulations for leather bags when it comes to airlines. Since many travelers love to show off their new designer leather bags when flying, the best thing to do before you even pack your bag is to check with the airline regarding their carry-on regulations.
If you are currently buying a handmade leather bag or carry-on bag, or already own a quality leather bag that you like to use, but you have not booked your flight or planned your trip, don’t sweat. We did some research and found some recommendations and best practices that are accepted by the majority of airlines.
For those of you traveling within the USA, the IATA, International Air Transport Association, publishes the following information on the recommended practices agreed on by the Airlines for taking aboard a leather bags or luggage:
"Carry-on baggage must be stowed in the aircraft cabin which limits baggage to a size, weight and shape to fit under a passenger seat or in a storage compartment. Cabin baggage should have maximum length of 22" (56 cm), width of 18" (45 cm) and depth of 10" (25 cm). These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc. Baggage allowed onboard may vary from one to two pieces per passenger. Check with your airline as to what is allowed."
International Travel from the USA
For international travel, the most-recommended size for carry-on leather bags or luggage is 20”. The total measurements for a 20” leather bag should add up to less than 45 linear inches or 115 cm (length + width + depth), which fits the regulations for most airline companies. There may be different carry-on leather bag recommendations for commuter aircraft and regional jets, but following this advice will put you in-line with most major airlines like United Airlines and British Airways.
International Travel to the USA
There were new security protocols introduced in 2010 that are, for the most part, no longer in affect regarding carry-on luggage and leather bags. To avoid confusion, we referenced the current British Airways carry-on-policy for this article, as it is pretty typical for most major airlines internationally traveling to the USA.
"Following the recent introduction of revised security requirements for all customers travelling into the USA, British Airways is clarifying its hand baggage policy for customers travelling INTO the USA, including those who are transferring onto flights to the USA.
Customers travelling in our World Traveller and World Traveller Plus economy cabins to the USA from Heathrow and Gatwick will continue to take only ONE item of hand luggage.
Customers travelling in our Club World and First cabin to the USA from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City are now able to take the normal two bag hand luggage allowance.
All customers are advised to check-in as normal. Customers travelling to destinations outside the United States or from the United States are not affected."
So, now that you know the general guidelines that most major airlines follow in regards to taking aboard leather travel bags or carry-on luggage, you should have no problem shopping for a new handmade leather bag, or making sure your favorite carry-on bag is suitable to use on your next trip.
If you do happen to be shopping for a new handmade leather travel bag don’t hesitate to check out our very own handmade leather bags on the Avallone Luxury website.
3 Luxury Leather Bags for Your Next Vacation! July 02 2015
Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to pack your bags and go on a vacation! No matter your destination, you can’t take a trip without the proper luggage to carry your belongings. Whether you’re taking a short vacation (less than 1 week), or a long vacation, you will most likely always be bringing with you a men’s leather bag of some sort. In this post, we are going to focus on our best luxury leather bags, and how they can help improve any trip you take this summer!
Our first men’s leather bag recommendation is our Antique Luxury Leather Backpack. This leather backpack is one of our best handmade leather bags because of its versatility, unique style, and excellent durability. It’s handmade in vegetable tanned cowhide that gets better with age, and contains lamb suede detailing for added style. This handmade leather backpack makes a great carry-on (its 12 inches long x 16 inches high x 7 inches wide), and can also be used to carry your belongings when touring your destination.
Special features include:
- Padded I-Pad Sleeve
- Adjustable Leather Straps
- Front Zipper Pocket for Accessories
Our next luxury leather bag recommendation is our Antique Leather Weekender Bag. If you are shopping for luxury leather bags, and have not bought one yet, this is the luxury leather bag to get! This leather weekender bag is handmade in vegetable tanned cowhide & lamb suede that develops an excellent patina the more you use it. Avoid taking two bags as it’s over-sized for a week-long stay or a weekend, if you’re a heavy packer.
Special Features Include:
- Zipper Lock & Key for Extra Security
- Detachable & Adjustable Leather Strap
- Extra Size – 23 inch Length x 14 Inch Height x 12 Inch Width
Our final luxury leather bag recommendation is our handmade Italian leather duffle bag; IE the 1st Class Traveler Duffle Bag. Most men’s leather bags in the market place do not compare to the style and quality of this men’s leather duffle bag. This handmade leather bag is made in Italian Napa Leather & Lamb Suede, and contains a Lamb Suede lining. It’s the perfect carry-on size & weekender size (21.4 inch Length x 11.7 Inch Height x 9.4 Inch Width). This luxury leather bag also comes in brown or black.
Special Features Include:
- Adjustable & Detachable Leather Shoulder Strap
- Pressed Metal Feet for Stability and Durability
- One Inside Zipper Pocket
Now that you have an idea of how one of our men’s handmade leather bags can improve your next trip, don’t hesitate to try one out. Each bag comes with a Lifetime Warranty, Free Shipping, and a 30 Day Return Policy!