The latest brand to hop onto the new wave for direct-to-consumer business models is Travelteq, a luxury luggage label that skips out the middle men (that is distributors, sales agents and retailers) to offer expertly crafted, high-end bags at a much lower price than the competition.

Crafted with veg-tanned Tuscan leather and water-proof, rubber-coated nylon from northern Italy, Travelteq’s weekenders, briefcases and messenger bags sport all sorts of handy compartments necessary for modern people on the move. Each bag sports separate compartments for your laptop, phone, sunglasses and pens, with roomy main areas leaving enough space for everything else, too.

The brand’s “Black” collection features, surprise surprise, all-black pieces in a variety of styles, which have been crafted to the highest standards and start at €295 – around $325 by today’s conversion rates – although pack the punch of pieces at much, much higher price points.

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