An Introduction to WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Posted by: on May 14, 2009 | One Comment
Trudeau Bag by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Trudeau Bag by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

There is now, more than ever, no excuse for plodding around town with a backpack draped over your suit, or carrying shabby luggage with you on your travels. Unfortunately this is still a common site in the downtowns and airports of many Canadian and international cities. True, not all men want to, or can pull off LV’s ubiquitous monograms, but there are so many other beautiful and classic understated options.

One of my favourite labels for elegantly refined men’s accessories is WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie. This homegrown label (yes, it is based in Montreal) is a relative newcomer having just opened its doors in 2005. Despite its infancy, WANT is certainly holding its own thanks to their beautiful and practical made-in-Italy leather goods, designed by owners and creative directors (and twins) Byron and Dexter Peart. The brands international recognition keeps snowballing. They are now stocked internationally — from Sweden to Saudi Arabia — by such stores as Harvey Nichols, Opening Ceremony, Fred Segal, and Holt Renfrew.

Da Vinci 72 Hr Travel Bag (left) and De Gaulle City Bag (right), both by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Da Vinci 72 Hr Travel Bag (left) and De Gaulle City Bag (right), both by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Created with the luxury of travel in mind, each product is named after a different international airport. These bags are sleek and sexy, yet not ostentatious — Valextra comes to mind, but at a more affordable price. Particular favourites of mine include the Trudeau bag, a sleek computer case; the De Gaulle bag, a masculine, but unique, city bag; the Arlanda Ipod Case, which looks like a chic old fashioned cigarette case; and the Kansai Computer Portfolio.

Kansai Computer Portfolio by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Kansai Computer Portfolio by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

A visit to WANT’s website is a must to see the other product selections (and additional leather colours) and for a complete list of stockists and online retailers: WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.

Arlanda Ipod Case by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Arlanda Ipod Case by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

1 Comment

  1. David Casavant
    July 28, 2010

    luv the WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie briefcase! definately need to add to my what i want list!
    http://www.DavidCasavant.net