Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

Whether traveling around the city en route to an appointment, or catching the next plane to Switzerland to tend to some banking, why not do it in style? Here are some functional items that not only solve travel and sport problems, but will render you quite dashing wherever you’re headed:

Crumpler originated as a messenger service down under in Australia, but soon was noted for its stylish messenger bags along with its prompt deliveries. The rest is history: Crumpler became the global go-to brand for functional bags that work for men (as well as women) to deliver modern style to laptop bags, messenger bags, all manner of luggage, and smaller travel and accessory bags. Their carry-on duffel bags with wheels are a traveler’s dream-come-true, and the pieces are built to last. Students, bikers and hikers will appreciate their well-made backpacks. Check out the complete lineup at

Another brand appreciated for decades by flight crews and global travelers for its durability and style is Travelpro. Their offerings range from carry-on, expandable, garment and rolling totes to men’s briefcases, backpacks, duffels, business totes and rolling versions of all. They offer seven different collections, which can be found at There’s not a type or shape of tote that Travelpro can’t offer – and this brand is a sound investment, since their briefcases and other totes and luggage all stand the brutal wear-and-tear test, as well as the test of time. You can find a Travelpro retailer near you by punching your zip code into the search engine at

Kipling is a favorite of students, travelers and sportspeople for their clean styling, array of colors and types of totes, sturdiness, and high-quality craftsmanship. At you’ll find everything under the sun for traveling: laptop cases, wheeled backpacks, backpacks, accessory packs and even wallets. Reasonably priced and long-lasting, Kipling packs can stand the stress test on epic treks to climb mountains or explore tropical forests, or simply on trips across town to a class or a meeting – and for years to come. The Casaque Backpack, for example, is practically a work of art with solid, oversized zippers, deep stitching and thick, comfortable straps for traveling.

Summer seems to languish far longer into September each year, so you’ll want to stay cool with pants and shorts from The North Face. This brand provides clothing for almost every sport or physical activity, and the clothing is tailored to your needs. For example, their bike shorts are water-resistant and breathable, contain fibers to reduce odors and regulate heat build-up, and have a sunglass wipe in the right hand pocket. They also have a seamless crotch gusset, and a two-way stretch seamless chamois with plush microfiber padding to reduce friction points and relieve pressure in key areas. Plus, as even urban pedestrians cat attest, it’s great to have a zip cargo pocket and a button cargo pocket. Shop for fall at

When you hike, bike or climb, you often need to bring along snacks and food for fortification, and Beneterre makes toting food around both simple and good for the earth with its line of washable, reusable snack and sandwich backs. The WrapIt! sandwich and snack holders double as plates and come in four styles, some more masculine than others. If you’re toting wine, Beneterre also has a gender-neutral CinCin carrier designed to hold up to six bottles. Bonus: these products are manufactured in the USA, reducing their carbon footprint and supporting the economy. Find them at

Originally published September 2011
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