FrontRunners: Carry On
George Esquivel brings a touch of rugged craftsmanship to the Tumi Santa Monica Bashford duffel (www.tumi.com). Esquivel, a Southern California designer known for creating handsome handmade footwear, was recently named Tumi’s creative director. His new Santa Monica line of travel pieces is softer and more casual than many of Tumi’s previous collections. Each piece, including this $895 leather duffel, bears Esquivel’s signature hand-stitched X. The duffel features a nylon-lined interior with pockets for stashing electronics and other accessories.