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James Andrew with a Hildestahl bag.

James Andrew with a Hildestahl bag. Photo by Lars Stephan.

Beyond the obvious functionality of a good bag, it’s an accessory that can really pop up a look – in fact, I really don’t think an outfit is complete without one!

I recently had the pleasure of connecting with the super chic Jens Hildestahl to speak a bit with him about the inception of his line. Briefly put, his bags were born from the general lack, he tells us, of acceptable aesthetic and functional qualities available in men’s bags – and so he decided to create his own line! And thus the Hildestahl brand was born.

Hildestahl’s mission has been to create the ultimate bag for the cosmopolitan man. His designs draw inspiration from 60’s and 70’s fashions and the lux boheme aesthetic that was quite popular amongst young aristocratic types of that time. Fittingly crafted by the finest artisan workrooms in Italy, the result is an exceptionally well made bag with unusual details rarely seen in men’s bags. And did we mention these bags are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the out? – a perfect metaphor for a perfect brand.

Of course these are rather unique – furthermore women seem to covet them as much as men – so do secure one straightaway.

I’m pictured with the “Valfrid” tote which received non-stop compliments as I dashed about town.

I’m wearing a silk and cotton jacket in a white and black window pane plaid from Gucci, Richard James shirt in black and white cotton stripes and contrast white collar, shell and multi-colored coral beads cufflinks by Seaman Schepps, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram, sunglasses by Lanvin, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

Not seen – purple skinny jeans by Diesel, Gucci black patent leather belt with silver trim and grommets, and black and saddle leather loafers by Tom Ford.


  1. Maria La Torre says:

    Creo que tienes toda la razón, ningún outfit está completo sin un bolso, éste es particularmente bello, me encanta y tú luces magnífico!



  2. The aristocratic Ones says:

    We always use bags, imagine the four of us walking in NY without them! That would be impossible!

  3. Travis says:

    GORGEOUS BAG!!!!!!!

  4. Christian Fuchs says:

    Dear James, I love that bag, I want one!



  5. Dagmar von Schwarzenberg says:

    Sehr schöne Tasche mein Lieber, steht Dir gut, Die Brillen passen auch sehr gut dazu!

  6. Tom Cavendish says:

    Hey James, I am a cosmopolitan man as well, soon I´ll buy my Hildestahl bag!

  7. Lola Montes says:

    Me encanta el bolso, te queda perfecto, luces magnífico como siempre!



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  10. Matt says:

    Great bag but probably one of your best photo’s on the blog in a while. Kudo’s to Lars!

  11. jon stone says:

    terrific bag and photo of you!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Jag älskar den. Du ser bra ut, James!

  13. DeanFarris says:

    A beautiful image !

  14. positano says:

    great sunglasses

    great bag

    great jacket

    everything is great in this pic.

  15. Jens Hildeståhl says:

    My reply is a little late, but better late than never.
    The image is fantastic. The light, the colours, the brown leather with your outfit.. You look so sharp. I am very happy to see it.


  16. I think this is my favorite photo of you with the bag slung over your shoulder.

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