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CAVALIER II No. 97 | Vintage Black Leather Duffel Bag

Product Code: ZZGGB097

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Available in These Materials:

  • 3 1/4" Length
    • Solid Brass Plate
      • 5 Lines, 20 Characters per line

Product Features

  • 20" x 10.5" x 12"
  • Dual Top Handles With 7” Drop
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap 47"
  • Shoulder Strap Drop 12”
  • Cotton Twill Lining
  • Fold End Design
  • Internal Zipper Pocket
  • Pen And Small Device Storage
  • Handcrafted In Norwalk, Connecticut
To attach the strap unhook the clips at the ends of the zipper tabs that are hooked onto the d-rings at the base of the bag.
  • Then, hook the clip of the shoulder strap ends onto those clips (at the zipper tab ends).

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Product Description

Ghurka offers the best duffel bags for the travelers we all aspire to be: adventurous, elegant, innovative. Our versatile mid-size duffel bag features fold-end design that opens to allow extra room and ease of packing. The perfect weekend carry-on bag, the Cavalier II No. 97 comes in rich chestnut leather, with our signature checked fabric lining and brass hardware. This designer duffel bag is functional, sophisticated, and classic.

Product Specifications

  • 20" x 10.5" x 12"
  • Dual Top Handles With 7” Drop
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap 47"
  • Shoulder Strap Drop 12”
  • Cotton Twill Lining
  • Fold End Design
  • Internal Zipper Pocket
  • Pen And Small Device Storage
  • Handcrafted In Norwalk, Connecticut
To attach the strap unhook the clips at the ends of the zipper tabs that are hooked onto the d-rings at the base of the bag.
  • Then, hook the clip of the shoulder strap ends onto those clips (at the zipper tab ends).

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CAVALIER II No. 97 | Vintage Black Leather Duffel Bag

Stories

Escape: The Catskills

“You know Woodstock wasn’t really in Woodstock” is one of those nuggets of trivia that people who enjoy dropping such things into cocktail conversation love to use. And while true- the legendary Woodstock Festival was held some 50 miles away in Bethel, NY-it doesn’t make the actual hamlet of Woodstock any less worthy of a visit. As a weekend destination, the town of Woodstock checks all the boxes, first and foremost being its location. Woodstock is at the foot of the Catskill Mountains, which had been a popular vacation destination for well-to-do New Yorkers from the early 1800s until well into the 20th Century. One of the most beautiful parts of the country, the Catskills are the great outdoors at their finest, offerin...
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“You know Woodstock wasn’t really in Woodstock” is one of those nuggets of trivia that people who enjoy dropping such things into cocktail conversation love to use. And while true- the legendary Woodstock Festival was held some 50 miles away in Bethel, NY-it doesn’t make the actual hamlet of Woodstock any less worthy of a visit. As a weekend destination, the town of Woodstock checks all the boxes, first and foremost being its location. Woodstock is at the foot of the Catskill Mountains, which had been a popular vacation destination for well-to-do New Yorkers from the early 1800s until well into the 20th Century. One of the most beautiful parts of the country, the Catskills are the great outdoors at their finest, offering hiking, fishing, swimming, skiing, or just the increasingly rare option to do absolutely nothing in a stunningly gorgeous setting. What sets Woodstock apart from the other small towns scattered about the region is its culture and charm. Though it boasts a full time population of less than 6,000, Woodstock has for over a hundred years been a haven for artists, writers, and musicians, a trend that continues to this day. The main street has a quaint shopping area with a decidedly hippie feel, perusing the boutiques, galleries, and goods from local craftsmen can easily fill an afternoon. Live music venues and theaters abound with performances nearly every evening, and a number of great restaurants means there’s still plenty to experience once the sun goes down. A mere 120 miles from Manhattan, Woodstock couldn’t feel further removed from the urban grind. WHAT TO DO: Take a hike. To visit the Catskills without getting out and into nature would be missing the point, and a wander along one of the area’s many trails is a great way to experience it. We like taking the Overlook Trail, a fairly easy hike that starts right in town and takes you up to the abandoned ruins of the once grand Overlook Mountain House resort as well to one of the original fire towers, for which a climb to the top is rewarded with 360 degree views of the surrounding areas. For those who enjoy their journeys a little more self propelled, nearby Esopus Creek is a popular spot for tubing in the warmer months, and the winter ski slopes of Belleayre are less than a half hour away. WHERE TO STAY: While Kate Pierson is probably best known as the bouffant hairdoed singer of the B-52s, she is also the proprietor of Kate’s Lazy Meadow in neighboring Mt.Tremper. While the property, which lies right along the edge of Esopus Creek, boasts a number of funkily decorated suites and cabins, we’re partial to spending the night in one of their vintage Airsteam trailers. WHERE TO EAT: Woodstock has been doing organic and farm to table dining since far before they were buzzwords, and the town leaves no shortage of culinary options. For some fuel at the beginning of your day try the fresh squeezed juices, amazing breakfast sandwiches, and hilarious stories from owner Dawn at the tiny but bustling Corner Cupboard. For brunch or a late lunch hit Oriole 9, where the Michelin trained chef and his wife source much of the ingredients from their own farm. Upscale Italian restaurant Cucina is the most elegant spot in town, and a great choice for a romantic dinner. HOW TO GET THERE: While taking I-87 North is the quickest way, getting you to Woodstock from the George Washington Bridge in just about 2 hours, it’s also quite boring. For a drive that’s as scenic as the destination, we like to take the West Side Highway up through the Sawmill River Parkway and follow route 9 all the way along the East side of the Hudson before cutting over on the 55 near Poughkeepsie. While it will add some time to your commute, it is more than made up for by the same views that inspired the famed Hudson Valley School of painters in the late 1800s and the twisting roads that can make for some seriously spirited driving. And in your trunk? A Ghurka day-tripping bag, of course, like our, Explorer No.239.
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100 Years of Aston Martin

For those with a passion for all things automotive, - a subset to which we certainly subscribe - 2013 is a year of several important milestones. Not only is it the 50th, anniversary of Porsche’s iconic 911, it also marks the centennial of a small company born in a London garage of Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford - a company that would later be known to the world as, Aston Martin. This year, we were fortunate to be asked to be a part of the legendary automaker's celebration at the, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
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For those with a passion for all things automotive, - a subset to which we certainly subscribe - 2013 is a year of several important milestones. Not only is it the 50th, anniversary of Porsche’s iconic 911, it also marks the centennial of a small company born in a London garage of Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford - a company that would later be known to the world as, Aston Martin. This year, we were fortunate to be asked to be a part of the legendary automaker's celebration at the, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. While often mentioned in the same breath as venerable brands Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley, there is something that has always set Aston Martin’s cars apart. Certainly there have been faster cars, rarer cars, and more expensive cars, but no marque has produced cars as consistently beautiful. While its Italian counterparts churned out cars whose outlandish designs laid bare their performance, Aston Martin has remained quintessentially British: empire-conquering power hidden beneath lines as perfectly restrained as those of a Savile Row suit. It’s no wonder that Aston Martin was the ride of choice of Bond himself. With that in mind, and to honor their centenary, we present 007 of our favorite Aston Martins of all time. 001: Aston Martin DBR-1 Just 5 examples were built as factory racers beginning in 1956, with the express goal of victory at the 24 Hours of LeMans. The car pictured here, chassis DBR1/2, would achieve just that in 1959, piloted by a young Texan by the name of Carrol Shelby. 002: Aston Martin Vantage Volante In 1982 Aston Martin received a Royal Warrant of Appointment by The Prince Of Wales, a charter that it still holds. In 1986 a convertible version of the Aston Martin Vantage, (introduced 10 years before and widely considered to be Britain’s first super car) was commissioned by Prince Charles. Only 191 other examples of the handmade open-top Volantes would be produced. 003: Aston Martin V12 Vanquish S Keeping in mind the adage that “any man can drive a straight line but it takes an expert to handle curves,” the voluptuous 2001-2007 Vanquish sports one of the greatest rear ends to ever grace the road. 004: Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Though Aston Martin engaged in a five-decade multiple-collaboration relationship with Italy’s third best known coach builder which led to some questionable designs, there is no denying the beauty of the 25 Zagato-bodied DB4s produced from 1960-1963. And while the chrome treatment of this modern sports car may on first glance appear garish, collector/racer Herb Wetanson’s stripped bare and polished aluminum 1961 example is pure automotive pornography. 005: Aston Martin Rapide With the debut of the $200,000 Rapide at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Aston Martin introduced not only a worthy competitor to the super-sedan sports car category dominated by Maserati’s Quattroporte and Porsche’s Panamera, it also gave the world its best looking 4-door car. Ever. 006: Aston Martin DBR-1 Because Racecar. Two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans champion. 007 Aston Martin DB5 No list of Aston Martins would be complete without mention of what is far and away the most famous Aston ever - James Bond’s tricked-out DB5 spy car which made its big screen debut in the 1964 blockbuster, Goldfinger. The ideal companion for a fall driving adventure in the Aston of your choice? Our Cavalier I in Vintage Chestnut Leather. Vroom.
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Great Drives: California SR-1 and 17-Mile Drive

The fact that Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula became a mecca of for the upper echelon of car enthusiasts is no coincidence. Yes, the golf courses stretching along the sea certainly provide a natural beauty to enhance the flowing sheet metal of the cars, but as with most great journeys, getting there is half the fun. In tribute to another successful year co-hosting the Aston Martin Estate at Monterey Car Week, we dedicate this edition of Great Drives to the road that runs right through it- 17 Mile Drive and California State Route 1.   Driving In monterey
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The fact that Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula became a mecca of for the upper echelon of car enthusiasts is no coincidence. Yes, the golf courses stretching along the sea certainly provide a natural beauty to enhance the flowing sheet metal of the cars, but as with most great journeys, getting there is half the fun. In tribute to another successful year co-hosting the Aston Martin Estate at Monterey Car Week, we dedicate this edition of Great Drives to the road that runs right through it- 17 Mile Drive and California State Route 1.   Driving In monterey   SR1, or Highway 1 as it’s commonly known- and in some areas Pacific Coast Highway- runs some 655 miles along California’s coast. While it could be picked up in any number of places that would make for memorable motoring, for this particular route we’ll start at one of our favorite places in the Golden State- the Ghurka Store at 245 Post Street in San Francisco. Though there are certainly quicker ways out of the city- Highway 80 for example- we’re suckers for the scenic, so head west along Geary until you hit the water, then south on Great Highway to Skyline Drive. Here you’ll connect to Highway 1 South, which you’ll cruise for the next one hundred miles until you hit the Monterey Peninsula. This stretch of highway encapsulates what makes residents rave about this part of California in a nutshell, the great variety of nature. A sweeping corniche offers views of the sea stretching out to the horizon on one side of you, and the state parks, mountains, and redwoods along the other. California being the cult of car culture that it is, you’re likely to be sharing the road with at least one spirited sports car- at least until it buzzes by you- but take this route around car week and you’ll come across dozens playing a delightful game of cat and mouse.   carmel by the sea   While Santa Cruz and its boardwalk may make for a tempting first stop, we like to stay right on 1 until we hit one of our favorite little towns anywhere, the delightful and aptly named Carmel-By-The-Sea. A quaint downtown of shops, cafes, galleries, and inns any time of the year, during car week it carries the added bonus of millions of dollars of collector cars parallel parked along Ocean Ave. It’s not even that they’re hosting a car show, this is just where their owners come to spend the day as well. There are a number of great places to grab lunch, from the fairytale-esque Casanova to the casual charm of Katy’s Place. And no visit to Caramel for us is ever complete without a stop at jeweler Fourtane, which never ceases to impress us with their well curated collection of vintage Rolexes and Patek Philippes.   casanova   Just at the bottom of Ocean Ave is an entrance to Seventeen Mile Drive, the legendary loop that is exactly as long as you think it would be. Maintained in many parts by the Pebble Beach Corporation, Seventeen Mile Drive connects Carmel to Monterey, while offering wonderfully winding vistas of the fairways, the sea, and the magnificent mansions that dot them both. While it’s possible the have the drive bring you back to your entry point, it’s one of those roads that’s worth driving both ways for a thoroughly enjoyable 34 miles. By now it’s likely late afternoon, so one may choose to head back along Highway 1 North for the two hour shot back to San Francisco. Or should the mood strike, there’s ample places nearby to stay. We suggest doing as the guests of Aston Martin did and checking into Relais and Chateau’s luxurious jewel box L’ Auberge, right in Carmel. After all, spontaneous overnight trips are exactly why your trunk always has a fully packed leather Cavalier II.   L'Auberge
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Ghurka Features

  • Our Leather

    Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.

  • The Stitching

    We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.

  • The Brass

    Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.

  • The Process

    Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.

  • Our Leather

    learn more

    show less

    Our Leather

    Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.

  • The Stitching

    learn more

    show less

    The Stitching

    We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.

  • The Brass

    learn more

    show less

    The Brass

    Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.

  • The Process

    learn more

    show less

    The Process

    Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.