Twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart founded WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie to design attractive travel bags, everyday bags and accessories for fashionably modern gentlemen. Inspired by the timelessness and functionality of classic luggage, this Montreal-based company uses traditional styles to address modern-day considerations. For examples: a leather iPhone case that looks like a resurfaced, mid-century gem; the limited Edition leather DeGaulle bag, a timeless beauty in white; the sleek and super-functional cotton Kastrup backpack; and the canvas O’Hare shopper tote bag, adorned with WANT’s ubiquitous gold-and-silver zipper (its meaning: unity through contrast). As if handsomeness and utility weren’t enough, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie reflects the Peart brothers’ concern for social responsibility: the brand sources its organic cotton from Turkey and its sustainable leather from Norway, and assembles its products in Italy. Les essentials, indeed.
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The limited-edition DeGaulle bag by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is a favorite for its sleek design and Italian craftsmanship. Made from the finest full-grain Norwegian leather, this bag keeps a 14-inch laptop safe and sound and has plenty of pockets inside for the rest of your essentials. Only 47 were produced to reflect the 47 modern Olympics and is uniquely reflected on each bag on a plate engraved with the year and host city. Gilt Groupe is among a select group of international retailers given exclusive access to a limited number of bags.