Malle London on The New York Times T-Magazine

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With all the hard work over the years; planning, designing, making and testing, feedback comes very well received. Since we released Malle onto the world a few years ago we’ve had nothing but positive feedback from everyone. This article coming out just before our departure on The Artisan Expedition was an especially great start to our trip!

“Thanks to their fathers’ love of motorcycling, cousins Jonathan Cazzola and Robert Nightingale both picked up an affinity for riding at a young age while growing up in the British countryside just outside of London. By the time they hit their 20s, they had become accomplished riders who had completed long-distance trips across Europe and India — and realized over drinks one night on the Lower East Side that the state of luggage for motorcycles wasn’t up to their standards. “You could either go with really cheap, plastic nylon bags and find ways to strap it to the bike, or you go S&M, leather daddy, studded, kinky, that direction,” Nightingale says. “When you’re two British guys with a Triumph Bonneville, that doesn’t really cut it.”

“So they created Malle London — named after the French word for a tool chest or traveling trunk — a line of bags handcrafted in the British capital from waxed canvas and bridle leather that can be used by motorcyclists and bicyclists. Their first bag was made so that it could be easily strapped to a bike; the cousins, who have backgrounds in branding, design and digital marketing, have since created more styles that can easily transition from the bike to the boardroom. Their new line of backpacks, totes, weekenders and messenger bags, called the Smoke Collection — after London’s nickname during the Industrial Revolution, the Big Smoke — is now exclusively available stateside at Barneys. Next up for Cazzola and Nightingale is a true test of Malle London’s durability: a 37-day, 6,000-mile cross-country expedition on two Triumph motorcycles from New York to Los Angeles, where they’ll visit like-minded craftsmen across North America.”

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