All Aboard

    Clothing makers often reference designs from the 1930s and 1940s as a way of holding on to the golden age of menswear.  But in creating his new Voyager collection of luggage and leather goods, Arkansas-based designer Martin Dingman found inspiration in the glory days of train travel. "I wanted to recall when people owned the beautiful hard-sided luggage and had porters available to carry it for them," says Dingman, who updated the look in lightweight, polyurethane-coated cotton canvas to accommodate modern travel. Each made-to-order bench-made shaving valet, duffle, attaché, briefcase, and carry-on trolley, priced from $650 to $3950, will be made in a limited edition of 50 per item. The collection features a discrete orange and brown stripe reminiscent of those found on antique steamers of yesterday, and soon the stripe will find its way on the designer's deerskin and bridle leather belts and footwear as well. Voyager pieces are available through Martin Dingman trunk shows (see schedule online at www.martindingman.com).

    -William Kissel

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