The Prairie bag, Fischer Voyage (price on request).
Northwestern University style and design professor Steven Fischer takes Midwestern craftsmanship to new heights with his Fischer Voyage line of leather goods. In fact, he recently launched the brand’s first official offering, the weekender-size Prairie duffel bag. Says the Evanston native, “The Prairie bag was inspired by century-old Gladstone travel bags and family trips I took to Wolf Road Prairie right outside the city during my childhood.”
Fischer looked to Midwestern artisans to produce the luxurious carryall: The regulation-size carry-on bag is constructed from hand-selected reserve hides from Horween Leather Company. It is entirely hand-stitched by a fourth-generation harness-maker (the handle alone takes three tedious days to perfect), and it’s finished with solid-brass fixtures and one-of-a-kind buckles built by master Midwest blacksmiths. Attests Fischer, “I knew that it was important to distinguish the bags from others by producing them entirely in the Midwest, and to ensure they were 100 percent American.” By appointment, 847-868-0595