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Traveling Star

Andrea Bennett | February 12, 2018 | Feature Features

This quintessential English bag is only sold in San Diego.

They’re statement bags with a story. Designer Alli Abdelal, who grew up in England’s Lake District, was inspired to create a men’s tweed bag from the region’s Herwick sheep, whose wool is so tough they’re a commercial disaster, Abdelal laughs. She spent months calling on mills (“They all laughed at me”) until she found a Yorkshire mill that could work with it. Add a small leather manufacturer in Rome, and the Ruskin line of bags was born. She and her family moved to San Diego in 2015, and her online business found a home at Sigi’s in La Jolla. Combining buttery calf and nappa leathers with that singular tweed, Ruskin bags range from the prim Aster City bag to the rustic-refined tweed Quentin tote. This year, Ruskin is introducing a structured bag, a crossbody saddle and a little essentials pouch.


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