Skip to main content

The Manual’s Collaboration with Moore & Giles

For our second collaborative project we are excited to have worked with Virginia based leather company, Moore & Giles. We met these folks down in Austin, Texas at the Northern Grade pop up and have been drinking buddies ever since. Founded in 1933, Moore & Giles is known not just for their bags. From aviation to residential and hospitality interior design (and a soon to be released bar cart!) they are well respected for their timeless leathers.

When we got down to business it didn’t take long for us to realize a padded laptop portfolio would be the way to go for our first project.

Our guys are always on the go and a portfolio is perfect for a laptop, keys, a notebook and of course a flask. We chose a blue ‘Pacific’ colored distressed leather as a unique but not over the top color-way that stands out without being too in-your-face. Another subtle design is our logo pressed into the center tab. We appreciate that the Italian leather was inspired by some old Parisian club chairs the team had seen in a French flea market.

We worked with Moore & Giles on this video to present how the collaboration came about. We hope you enjoy. There were only 50 made, so don’t dawdle but order one today.

Moore & Giles X TheManual – Leather Laptop Portfolio from Moore & Giles, Inc. on Vimeo.

Editors' Recommendations

Cator Sparks
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Cator Sparks was the Editor-in-Chief of The Manual from its launch in 2012 until 2018. Previously, Cator was covering…
F.P. Journe closes the curtain on limited editions with one last watch
F.P. Journe releases its last limited edition watch ever
F.P. Journe Flyback Chronographe FB

F.P. Journe announced earlier this year that they would cease producing limited edition watches, though the "announcement" was more of a quiet whisper. The company is known for its small annual output of watches , which makes 1,000 mechanical and 500 quartz pieces. However, they would never end a party without a final confetti canon, and this one is in the form of a hand-wound flyback Chronographe FB.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Tokyo location, they've introduced this last limited edition. Going forward, they will stop engraving edition numbers on their watches, meaning the 200 Chronographe FB models released will certainly be highly sought after.
The F.P. Journe Chronographe FB

Read more
I never go to the coast without this jacket from Royal Robbins
This anorak is cozy and built for adventure
The author wearing the wearing the Royal Robbins Merced Anorak on the Oregon coast.

Whenever I head out to coastal Oregon, I never know how to dress. No matter how often I check the forecast, the weather often turns out to be the exact opposite of what I've prepared for once I've made the hour-and-a-half drive out to the Pacific. If I wear a heavier jacket for a grey, foggy hike through one of the area's many state parks, it'll warm up as soon as I arrive, and I'll be drenched in sweat after a mile or two. If I'm hoping for a sunny walk around Cannon Beach, the rain will come through and the wind will whip up, leaving me running back east to chase the sun.

But this spring, I found a solution in a jacket that's built for all of these situations and then some.
Why I love Royal Robbins' Meced Anorak Jacket
This Merced Anorak from Yosemite Valley-inspired outfitter Royal Robbins has quickly become my go-to outdoors jacket. This lightweight, nylon windbreaker keeps me comfortable in just about any weather out in the Pacific Northwest. It's thick enough to be a decent lightweight cover-up in cool temperatures but still thin enough to not get too heated when the sun comes out. The wind resistance this half-zip provides is next-level compared to any other jacket I own — no matter how the wind comes off the waves, I know it'll never chill me to the bone.

Read more
Summer coolness begins and ends with this trend: swim sets
Look just like James Bond in Goldfinger
James Bond summer set

It is time once again to prepare yourself for the unbearable heat. School is out, the coats are packed away, and the sunblock is stocked. Whether you are planning trips to the beach, river floats filled with booze and music, or a relaxing afternoon by the pool, there is a need for the right look to cap off the experience. That is where summer sets come in.

You may think that the only upgrade you need to make is to grab a new pair of shades and the right swimsuit for the season. But there is a new-ish fad that is all the rage, and if you want to be the best-looking and most talked about guy on the beach, whether you have the Zac Effron abs or not, then you need to invest in one of these new looks ASAP. We here at The Manual aren't the type to just say this willy-nilly; we'll make our case. And yeah, we'll definitely give you our favorite selections so you can go out there and show the summer who is boss.
Why we fell in love with summer sets

Read more