The New Cargo Duffel May 01 2014

The New Cargo Duffel


RJ Diaz has teamed up with UK-based illustrator Marc Aspinall to redesign the Cargo Gear Duffel for Industry Portage.  The slightly oversize carry-all was designed with a rugged heavy weight canvas combined with the water resistant ballistic nylon bottom and interior liner for the man with an active and balanced lifestyle.





Spring / Summer 14 Collection Preview March 13 2014

A Review of The Classic Canvas Duffel and Cargo Duffel by October 18 2013

As seen in


The High-End Duffel You'll Want and Your Lady Will Love

Posted October 1, 2013 by Rick Andreoli & filed under Gear, Outdoor.

Industry Portage produces incredibly cool travel gear for men. Not boys who want a bag for their sweaty gym clothes or guys needing something they can shove their (possibly washed) jeans and t-shirts into before a trip. No, these beautiful duffels, canvas briefcases and dopp kits are for men who take care of themselves and appreciate style, but who like to show it off in a simple, understated fashion.

We tried out the Ivory Classic Duffel and the Gray Cargo Duffel, and both were instant hits with friends. When my buddy picked up the Classic Duffel, he immediately checked out the suede handles and detailing, the canvas lining and the cobalt blue interior, saying, “I love this!” And his girlfriend, who’s been trying to move him away from his gym bags-as-luggage mentality, immediately responded, “Me too! Let’s get one. Now.”

Whether or not this is the duffel that can save relationships is up for debate, but it is definitely simple, sophisticated and un-fussy. It’s also beautiful, with polished chrome hardware and zippers, and a water-resistant bottom to withstand regular traveling. A side zipper pocket is great for keys or phones, and one interior pocket is perfect for anything you want isolated. While the ivory color might seem like a risk, it’s pretty resistant to discoloration even with everyday usage. After two weeks in and out of the car trunk, house and closet, it never got stained. Even when hiking boots landed a good heap of dust on the side, a couple quick pats with the hand cleaned it up. However, if that’s not enough reassurance, Industry Portage also offers a navy version as well.

Where the Classic Duffel shies away from pockets, the rugged Cargo Duffel has plenty — so many that we initially thought it looked like a fancy diaper bag. But that’s actually the success of this duffel. It’s made with premium, sail-quality canvas, so you can use it for anything: the gym, market, beach, camping, a plane trip, or even a diaper bag. And, to be clear, you’d be the hottest dad on the playground if you showed up with this.

It’s constructed so that the bag stays upright when placed on the ground, and the water-resistant nylon bottom lets you go anywhere. Five outside pockets, plus two big interior pouches, the main compartment and six small pen-sized sleeves — all in that classic cobalt blue — make this is the ultimate helper for on-the-go men who like to be organized.

Some things are worth the money, and that’s definitely the case with Industry Portage bags. You not only get a quality product that’s functional and stands up to your life, but you also get a duffel with style.


The Manual - Best Memorial Day Weekend Bags October 16 2013


As seen in The Manual - The Essential Guide To Men


Fashion & Style



With only four days of work standing between us and Memorial Day weekend, we’re daydreaming at our desks of hopping a plane, train or automobile to our first holiday excursion of summer. Whether you’re traveling to the beach, country or hitting the pavement in another city, one thing is for certain: toting along more than one bag is just plain foolish.

With so many great weekenders out there, it’s easy to snag one that suits both your style and space needs for three days of chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool. Not sure where to find your perfect match? Check out four of our favorites below and make it a one bag Memorial Day weekend.

Industry Portage Grey Canvas Weekender

This bag is as smart as it is sleek. Black suede-wrapped handles and trim and a water-resistant nylon bottom stylishly contrast with durable grey canvas. A cobalt blue interior housing two zipper pockets keeps your belongings neat and at the ready.

An Architect's Bag-By Bob Borson, Life of An Architect August 20 2013

Bob Borson is an architect in the Dallas area that puts out a weekly goodness through his site, Life of an Architect.  Yesterday, he put out a post about the bag he carries and its contents. For me, the coincidence is that I've been collaborating with an architect over the summer to design the perfect Architect's Field Bag. More details on the architect and the design soon, but I wanted to repost Bob's write up here and see what comments you might have, or join the comment thread on his original post.

Entering, Bob Borson...

An Architect’s Bag

Bob Borson August 19, 2013

There are many stereotypes associated with being an architect – our “over-the-shoulder” messenger bag is certainly one of them. In my particular case, I definitely fit the mold of the architects stereotype because not only do I have a messenger bag, I love the one I own.


I wrote a post a while back titled “An Architects tool bag” where I listed the things I thought were paramount to me doing my job. In that post, I talked about the items that were in my office that I used the most often – that is not what this post is covering – I thought it would be interesting to show people what I carry around in my bag. I’ve seen posts like this before and while being a little bit voyeuristic, I typically find them interesting (I’m not going to think about what that says about me).

So … what is in my architect’s bag? Let’s take a look (if you click the photo, it will open up at a larger size):


  1. MacBook Pro 15″
  2.  – I got this computer for my birthday present in 2012 after being a lifelong PC user. Despite the fact that there are aspects of my Mac that I love, I am still struggling to learn how to use in some instances.
  3. 12″ x 50 yard roll of trace paper - I go through a lot of trace paper and I can’t imagine that ever changing – I do wish that I still had access to yellow trace, but the yellow doesn’t xerox as cleanly as the white.
  4. Architectural scale - I literally have dozens of these things laying about – they are like zucchini in the summer time, they seem to multiply on their own over night.
  5. Pencils – Ticonderoga Erasable ‘Carmine Red 425T and Prismacolor ‘Mediterranean Blue’ – I keep two different colors on hand, red to mark up drawings and make notes, the blue to add some color to my sketches (typically sky or windows)
  6. Sharpie Pens – ‘Fine Tip’ and ‘Ultra Fine Tip’ – Two of my heavy use go-to pens for sketching. I like to sketch with the ultra fine tip but I almost always go back over them with the fine tip to add some pen weight and profile lines. I don’t really know why it’s called a “fine tip”, it’s not particularly fine.
  7. Paper Mate Pens – Flair M - the first pen that has worked its way into my “all Sharpie pen” lineup. I’m not sure or when I started using the PaperMate Flair pen but it has replaced the Sharpie Ultra Fine Tip pen as my daily use pen. All you have to do is look at the quantities and you know this to be true.
  8. Medicine – Gas X (for bloating) and Sominex (sleep aid) – including these items on this list takes a bit of courage. I’ll admit that flying tends to make me bloated and I don’t want to be “that” guy poisoning the air on the plane. You’re welcome.
  9. Staedtler Mars – Drafting Dots - I used regular masking tape when I was in school but now that I’ve “made it”, I pony up for the drafting dots.
  10. Business Cards – I hand out a lot of business cards and so I generally keep a lot on hand. Ironically, I don’t hand out these cards to potential clients all that much, most of the time it’s at consultant and vendor meetings.
  11. Ice Breakers Breath Mints – again … you’re welcome.
  12. Aquaphor Lip Therapy – I hardly use this stuff but I keep it in my bag anyways. It’s pretty humid where I live and if I travel somewhere dry, I need this stuff.
  13. Tumi Delta Passport Wallet – a present from my wife to replace a wallet that I thought I had lost. I don’t like sitting on my wallet so I like the ones that are tall  so I can spread the contents out. Anything to make the wallet thinner (the economy has been helping make it thinner)
  14. Change – (7) quarters, (2) dimes, (2) nickels, and (5) pennies
  15. Headphones – Sennheiser IE4 ear buds – great headphones pure and simple.
  16. Portable Hard Drive – LaCie Porsche Design P’9220 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive 302000 – I don’t like to keep to keep ‘Life of an Architect’ stuff on work computers (and I process a lot of photos and graphics) and so I carry around this portable hard drive.
  17. MacBook Pro 85w Magsafe portable power adapter with wrist bracelet rubber band – I have two chargers, one I keep at home and the other that travels with me. Despite the fantastic packaging that is associated with Apple products, I’m not aware of one that deals with the power cord. I took a rubber wrist band bracelet that my daughter had (and said she wasn’t EVER going to wear) and use it to keep my cord nice and tidy.
  18. Tumi Men’s Meridian Letter Padfolio - also a gift from my wife some years ago, this is what I bring with me to client meetings. There is room inside for a pad of paper, a pen, some business cards, and storage or loose papers.
  19. Black framed glasses – what did you expect?
  20. Moleskine Classic Soft Cover Large Plain Notebook – Black (5 x 8.25) – have literally have dozens of these things, and yes, I like to sketch in them.
  21. Rubber bands – size #32 – I buy my own rubber bands and I always look for the #32′s. Not only are they sturdy enough to wrap up a roll of drawings, they are superb for shooting at your coworkers.
  22. Stanley Powerlock Tape Measure – 30′ length – Surprised at how often I need this but I generally keep it in my car, it’s too heavy to tote around every day. Not sure why it was in my bag today.
  23. iPhone 5 – my sweet, new phone … that I love.
  24. Calculator – Calculated Industries ‘Measure Master 5′ – Calculated Industries actually has the latest version of their calculator available as an app, and I have it on my phone … I just need to remember that it’s there and I’ll probably leave the calculator at the office.

There you have it – a sneak peek into my bag. If you want any of these items for your self – or maybe you just want to see what they might cost – the links above will take you to the right place.

I think it would be sort of fun to see what other people – designers, students, contractors – anyone who carries a bag – has in their bag. If you feel so inclined as to share, just send your pictures in to me and I’ll post it here on the site. All you need to do is copy the format I have above (don’t worry about adding the numbers to your image, I’ll take care of that for you. Take a picture of your bag closed, and then one with all the contents spread out on some surface, with a description of the contents. If your pictures are in focus, chance are extremely good that they’ll show up here on site. I think this could make for an extremely interesting photo essay.

Just email them to me at bob [at] lifeofanarchitect [dot] com


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A Gift For My Kids, But Really For Me August 13 2013

I studied architecture, so I should be over it, but I'm loving this new concept by Lego to package over 1200 all white pieces into Architecture Studio.

Inspiration: Motorcycles May 19 2013

It's finally getting consistently warm in the NYC area, and it's great to be back on my Harley Sportster again.  I love that Harley sound and I swear it was the inspiration for the opening drum intro in Van Halen's Hot For Teacher (see the video below) . Those of you who have a Harley (or know the unique Harley 'potato' sound) and know this song will agree.

Color April 02 2013

Inspiration Images March 26 2013


At work deconstructing a welder's jacket for Tote IV

Definitions of Leadership – My Answer in Business News Daily March 26 2013


Ideas, concepts, and development of leadership, as it applies to my growth as a business owner, person, and father, is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  From my post about MLK Jr., the lessons learned from the dancing guy at a concert, I’m always looking for analogies, stories, and strategies for leadership that could impact my own development as a leader.

I was recently asked by Business News Daily what leadership means to me.  I answered the question.  Here’s the article.

March 6, 2013 |

9:02 AM ET   |

By: David Mielach, BusinessNewsDaily Staff Writer 

Ask any number of entrepreneurs, business owners or other leaders in the business community to define leadership and you’re likely to get a different answer from each person.  Therein lies part of the problem when it comes to leadership — or more specifically, defining leadership. To help, BusinessNewsDaily compiled a list of definitions from different leaders in the business community asking how they define leadership.

As Dr. John Maxwell, the most published author on Leadership says… ‘Leadership is Influence!’– Ken Courtright, founder of Today’s Growth Consultant

Leadership is expecting as much of your workers as they are capable of, but never of more than you are yourself. It is never asking someone to do something you haven’t done yourself, or aren’t perfectly willing to do again. Lastly, leadership is understanding that your workers have different ideas and being able to flex to incorporate their ideas in the plan. — Jonathan Hines, director of sales and marketing atPILLO1

We are all leaders — by choice or by default — so the question is not so much “are you a leader?” as “how well do you lead?” Effective leaders are, first and foremost, self-aware and conscious of how they impact the people within their sphere of influence. A leader must be vulnerable enough to have an authentic connection to others, charismatic enough to engage others and humble enough to realize that true leadership involves being of service to others.— Jeannea Spence, leadership coach at indiSPENCEable Coaching

Leadership is a way for talented individuals to share their perspectives and knowledge by influencing others. Using their own charisma and influence, leaders should have the ability to inspire others to learn more, do more and become more. Jeet Banerjee, a serial entrepreneur

Leadership is an attitude. Management is a position. In the same way that service is an attitude and customer service  is a department. It is a state of being — a way to approach life.— Kevin Burns, president and CEO of BGi Consultants

Leadership is about values and priorities. A leader’s values are measured by how they act, not by what they say. And a true leader will communicate priorities that match the values he or she espouses. — Greg Marcus, author of “Busting Your Corporate Idol: How To Reconnect With Values & Regain Control Of Your Life”

A leader knows how to keep perspective of the big picture, understand priorities, and perceive context. They are fearless, cynical and cannot be afraid to act on instinct. They are clear in their goals and an excellent communicator. — RJ Díaz, CEO and creative director at Industry Portage Co

Leadership is getting people to do what everyone else knows is the right thing to do, but who do not have the self-confidence to act on their own! — Kevin Gazzara, senior partner Magna Leadership Solutions

Follow David Mielach on Twitter @D_M89 or BusinessNewsDaily @bndarticles. We’re also on Facebook & Google+.  

35 Things I've Learned Over The Years-A Letter To My Son March 25 2013

A Father’s advice to his son

Written by a dad to his oldest son two years ago as he went off to college.


35 Things I’ve learned over the years that you should take to heart.

1) You’re likely to meet your future wife in the coming 4 years.  Choose wisely.  If she’s anything like your Mom, don’t let her go.  They simply don’t come any better than that.

2) Call your Mom regularly.  It’s something that will make her very happy.  Make her happy by calling her, even if it’s just to say hello.

3) Email us both – it’s a way of honoring your parents.

4) I don’t know it all… and when I think I do I find out how little I really do know.

5) When things seem to be really bad, they usually aren’t… just wait a little while, it’ll get better.  Trust me.  Better yet, trust God.

6) Christians will let you down.  It’s a fact of life.  Christ won’t.  It may seem so at times, but it’ll get better.

7) You’re likely not going to have the desire to find a decent church.  Remember that you are the church, it’s not necessarily a building.  God is with you at all times.  Talk to Him.  Develop that as a habit.  Prayer doesn’t have to be with eyes closed and hands clasped.  Thinking thoughts directed at Him are prayer.  Pray often.

8) Organized religion is a mess.  This does not however diminish your need for God.

9) You will be tempted like you’ve never been tempted before.  It takes character, lots of it, to not succumb.  You have a very large reservoir of character.  Don’t forget it.  Tap into it at every turn.

10) Following the leader without asking questions is usually followed by trouble.  Be a leader.  It’s harder yes, but it’s more rewarding and much less likely to get you into trouble that you have no control over.

11) You will occasionally (sometimes more than occasionally) have to do things you don’t want to do.  Just don’t let it become a career.

12) You’ll face many decisions in the coming months, even years.  Think through them.  Acting without thinking usually ends badly.

13) I’ve found that doing things just for the money has short-term benefits.  You’ll have more money.  That’s it.  I’ve also found that the contentment is short-lived.  If you’re going to do something for a long period of time, your heart has to be in it.  Or you’re going to be miserable.

14) Working hard sometimes seems futile.  Be persistent in your hard work.  It does pay off in the long haul.

15) Don’t cut corners or take short cuts in your work or in your studies.  Don’t just do that which is easy.  Try hard.  Do that which is hard. It does eventually get noticed and does produce results.

16) Sitting near the front in class is likely to help you pay attention.  Sitting in the back has the opposite effect.  Sit wisely.

17) Read, read, read.  New stuff.  Old stuff. All kinds of stuff.  The more you read, the better prepared you’ll be, the better you’ll be able to communicate, the better you’ll do in school (and in life).

18) True independence is achieved when you’re no longer dependent on anyone else.  Seems logical right?  But remember that we’ll always depend on God.

19) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  I was paralyzed for too long because I didn’t want to screw up.  I’ve learned since that I learn best from my mistakes.  This can be painful but usually only in the short term.  No pain, no gain.

20) Alcohol can kill you.  Either quickly (binge drinking) or slowly (alcoholism).  Kirsch’s (your band teacher’s) advice is good.  Moderation is key. And drinking alone is usually an indication of trouble.

21) You come from a conservative family.  Your values are largely conservative.  Those values will be under attack at school, by your professors, by fellow students.  Think with an open mind but not so open that your brain falls out.  Liberalism can be trouble.   It’s good to hear the opposing perspective.  It’s better to read those who can defend the conservative perspective.  They’re out there but you have to look for them. Have liberal friends however.  They keep you sharp.

22) Beware of pop culture.  It’s faddish and shallow.

23) When things aren’t going well in a relationship, ask yourself if you’re really listening to the other person.  I’m a lousy listener…  not just hearing someone but listening…  hearing has to do with noise, listening has to do with understanding.    You can hear without listening.

24) Words are killers.  I’ve ‘killed’ with my words.  Choose them wisely.  Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, you can’t get it back in.  Think before speaking.  I tend to speak before thinking.  And it’s hurt people, it’s hurt me. That’s trouble.

25) Older people aren’t anywhere near as stupid as younger people make them out to be.  Unfortunately, you’re usually an older person before you figure that out.  Figure it out now.  And seek wisdom from older people.  Experience is the best teacher.  Yes, that’s a cliché, but it’s a good one.

26) Life’s too short to stay mad at family and friends.  You never know when your words to someone may be the last one’s you have with them.  That terrifies me sometimes.  And it should.

27) Breaking them down into easily handled pieces best solves big problems.  How do you eat an elephant?  Piece by piece.   Don’t be intimidated by the magnitude.  Think through the problem, break it down, plan an action and implement the plan.  And remember number 19.

28) Keep a journal.  Commit to this task.  It’s amazing to go back and read something you’ve written some time ago.  You’ll learn more about yourself.

29) Eat right.  Lots of fruit and vegetables.  Avoid what happens to many college kids who gain weight big-time their first and second years away from home.

30)  Exercise regularly.  It’s easier now to make it a habit than it will be when you’re older.  Trust me on this.

31) Sometimes, the best thing to do or say in a situation, is absolutely nothing.  I continue to have problems with this yet I do believe it’s true.

32) Experience is enhanced when that experience is shared with someone you care about.  Whether it’s a sunset, a hike, or a good movie.

33) Sending Mom a card or an e-mail on her birthday would warm her heart.  Figure out a way to remind yourself of other people’s birthdays.

34)  Money in hand is money easily spent.  Put yourself on a budget.  Purposely make it inconvenient to get more cash.  You’d be surprised how easily money disappears from your wallet.

35) Budget your time.  Prioritize where it’s spent.  Time can be spent faster than money can.  And it can be wasted just as much as money can.  And in my view, time is more precious than money.  We have precious few days on this earth.