Think making a duffle bag is simple? Neil Ferrier would disagree. Owner of the industrial design firm Discommon Concepts and its offshoot Discommon Goods, the Scottish-born mechanical engineer has spent the last four years developing a superior duffle, christened The Weekender. Headquartered at Hampton Station, Discommon Goods makes everyday accessories—a razor, a man’s wallet, a machined whiskey tumbler—inspired, as all Ferrier’s products are, by things he wanted for himself. “We simply try to execute them better,” he notes. The Weekender bag was born when Neil realized he didn’t have a go-to duffle for his constant business travels. Fabricated with longevity and quality in mind, The Weekender will retail in the $500 range. “What makes it different,” says Ferrier,
“is the uncompromising approach we take at each step in the process.”

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