Anytime there's a label that includes the words 'industrial, luxury, and utilitarian' in its description, my interest instantly peaks. Thus, it's no great wonder that I'm quite intrigued by the pieces on offer by Los Angeles-based accessories brand, Building Block.

The spartan pieces designed by sisters Kimberly & Nancy Wu was initiated in Tokyo prior to finding its way Stateside, and I'm so glad it finally did. The collection - largely a range of angular, minimalist bags in vegetable tanned leather - is the sort of thing that anyone with a decidedly understated style could add to their collection without thinking twice. 

For my part, I'm gravitating towards the rectangular Big Business bag, last image. Beyond the obvious, attention grabbing size, there's a quiet boldness about the portfolio that's very appealing in an offbeat way. And think about how much stuff one can haul away in that bag, without it looking like a gaping, saggy mess...



NB images Courtesy Building Block


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The Index

An Edit of Essentials + Favourites

Astier de Villatte Incense and Pottery
Astier de Villatte

Fine Japanese incense blends and hand-crafted pottery from the Parisian home wares maison.
Japanese made eyewear from Rosemanclub
Rosemanclub Eyewear

Japanese made eyewear inspired by classic shapes, from Thailand's Rosemanclub Eyewear.
Mariage Frères Thé Maison
Mariage Frères Thé

Exquisite loose leaf, speciality, and blended herbal teas from the longstanding Parisian Maison.
Gerrit Rietveld Furniture Design
Hôtel de NELL, Paris

An understated, modernist 5-star hotel & spa with a minimalist design outlook in the heart of Paris.
Aqua de Colonia

A luxurious collection of unisex fragrances crafted with care by the iconic Claus Porto 1887.
Hôtel Les Roches Rouges

An idyllic and casually elegant, 5-star retreat on the French Riviera, facing the azure coast.
IDIL Botanicals

100% natural luxury skincare blends with essential oils, organic salves infused with mineral stones.
St. Agni Shoes

Handcrafted leather goods with a modern minimalist finish from Byron Bay, New South Wales.