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Stories / November 2018

Serapian's Bags Mean Business

Serapian, Italy’s finest bespoke leather bags and accessories Maison is no longer Milan’s best-kept secret. Shop the collection now at The Rake.

Serapian's Evolution briefcase is the ultimate expression of elevated business attire.

With the relative ease with which we can scamper around the world these days, combined with the very necessity of business travel in the age of globalisation and multinational trade, we have taken zooming around in an aluminium can 35,000ft above terra firma somewhat for granted. The business traveller is always on, always moving, from the (depressingly slow) wifi of one hotel lobby to the next. This peripatetic and uniquely modern existence has necessitated a number of changes in business attire, not least the high-twist yarn suit that no matter how languorously you slump into your business class recliner, will barely register a crease. Comfortable yet no less smart than its office-bound sibling, the travel suit has become a sartorial genre all of itself.

But perhaps even more critical for a discerning man on the move is his luggage. It takes a discerning eye to recognise the washable flannel merino of aZ Zegna suit, but a sumptuous and sophisticated bag never goes unnoticed. Whether it's a portfolio, tote, weekender or briefcase, a gentleman's bag is so much more than a mere ferry of paraphernalia  - it is the outermost extension of taste and should always be in sync with both your business attire and your stature.

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Ryan Thompson