Mismo M/S Canvas Bags
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By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell
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I've got a soft spot for really nice bags--totes, brief cases, messenger bags--and the M/S Canvas line from Danish designers Mismo are scratching me right where I itch.

The compaly launched in Denmark at the end of 2006, and the M/S Canvas Collection launched last year. It's gotten a couple updates over time and now features six peices strong with a tote, shopper, weekender, laptop sleeve, wallet and document case. Naturally I'm a fan of nice leather goods, but they occasionally come across as either too fancy for porting around town, or as luggage. Not only is toting canvas a fine choice because it tends to be hardier, easier to clean and generally takes wear a bit better, but it adds a bit of variety to your portage and in this case, offers a bit of refinement without appearing too formal. That the M/S Canvas line comes with full-grain lether detailing is only icing on the cake.

Mismo's design ethic is not so different from the architecture that put the nation on the map at mid-century. High-grade natural materials, a stripped-down aesthetic and a commitment to functionality make these handsome, and pricey, bags read as solid, unfussy and well-turned-out.

I love the document case--we are few, the Yanks who opt for a slim valise over a bulk shoulder bag or boxy brief--for its narrow profile and subtle accent. And in a handful of sober colors, there's bound to be a fit for everyone. I suppose the only thing missing from this collection is a really nice dopp kit, though insofar as Mismo is more interested in outfitting life in your hometown, not your international wanderings, it's no great loss.

Be sure to check out Mismo's website, as CEO and partner Adam Alexander Bach told me that it was updated last week with new images as well as new styles which are set to launch in December. I've not seen them myself, but I'll be sure to check back to see what the dapper Danes at Mismo are cooking up. 

Aaron Britt

@aaronbritt

Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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