Is there another American luxury brand that dates back to 1845? Mark Cross has launched a new collection of Italian-made men’s leathergoods and the line is truly special. (The re-launch of women’s handbags in spring 2012 garnered a strong celebrity following and is selling briskly at Barneys and in luxury stores throughout Europe and Asia.)
Based on some fabulous archival pieces (like a gorgeous vintage travel bag), Mark Cross designers updated and upgraded the original designs using lighter-weight leathers and some modern materials while maintaining the character and class of the original designs. Luggage pieces retail between $2,000 and $4,000; business cases and small leathergoods cost less and look just as beautiful. For more info: 212-288-1180. MarkCross1845.com
This story appeared in the Notebook section of the November 2013 issue.