As a modern nomad I am always looking for a bag that can withstand the trials and tribulations that my busy life can put upon it. Then I discovered the very old but recently relaunched Belber brand and was curious to see how the bags withstood what I had to give. Between travel and parenting my totes take quite a beating. I’m happy to report that after consistent use this bag is living up to its reputation of being a durable go to.
Two brothers, Henry and Aaron Belber, who pooled their meager savings and launched a functional yet stylish luggage and travel accessories brand, originally founded the Belber brand in Philadelphia in 1891. The prices were accessible, the materials used were well crafted, and designs were innovative- all points that still ring true today. They believed that a suitcase should be a marker of individualism and I very much feel the same way.
The clean lines and monochromatic hues make these bags wonderfully gender neutral. The majority of styles hold loads making carrying your computer, overnight necessities, or diaper bag essentials a snap. Load it up to the brim and know that the stainless steel zippers and fittings can handle the job with ease. Plus, the leathers and canvas used are easily cleanable which allows them to have that new look for longer but also age beautifully over time. I always love a little patina on my leather pieces!
I chose the oyster beige Greenwich Tote which boasts double layer 100% cotton canvas, adjustable handles, and natural grain leather trim. It’s sleek durable yet understated look goes beyond what first meets the eye. All stitching is done to Hermes-like standards with the tiny stitches being perfectly straight and the end stitches being reinserted to prevent any fraying. Microfiber interior pockets protect your tech devices shrouding them in a super soft and scratch resistant home. But what I really love is the that every zipper, tag, and metal stud are branded with the Belber ‘B’ and are done in a hexagonal shape reminiscent of the old tools used to make the original trunks. The details show thoughtful and skillful construction and really add an extra element of beauty and grace to the carryalls.
Put this on your gift list for Fathers Day, which is fast approaching. It would make a wonderfully elegant and understated diaper bag for any expectant mom you may know. And of course, it makes the perfect travel companion for you whether you are running around town or flying off to some exotic locale. No matter where you take it, Belber bags look perfectly at home.
All photos by Sabrina Sikora.