After more than twelve years of using my Express No. 2 duffel bag and and Gentleman's Umbrella on more than a hundred trips, I find it interesting that people still stop me to comment on how great my bag looks. When I tell them that it’s more than ten years old and well-journeyed they look at me in disbelief.
Over years of traveling, there are certain things that I take with me whenever I travel. One of these items is my Ghurka Express. And if it looks like the possibility of rain, I always pack my Ghurka umbrella.
The Express is my essential carry-on when flying. I’ll throw my toiletries and electric shaver in it, as well as a change of clothes, just in case my suitcase doesn't show up at my destination at the same time I do. Add in my travel humidor for my cigars, my iPad, headphones, a book or two, and maybe a sweatshirt or sweater for the plane ride and I’m all set. Thus fitted out I have logged many, many trips over the last twelve years across America, Europe and Asia.
My Express and umbrella are also my essential road-trip companions. They fit nicely into my T-Bird, and accompany me and my wife as we explore New England. Top down, cruising through the countryside is definitely the way to see the northeast.
I guess this shows that if you buy a quality, classic product and take care of it, it will last for many years, and continue to catch the eye of people who appreciate quality and great craftsmanship.