icon_arrow_down icon_arrow_left icon_arrow_left_large icon_arrow_right icon_arrow_right_large icon_arrow_up icon_bullet_arrow icon_call icon_close icon_facebook icon_googleplus icon_grid_off icon_instagram icon_login icon_mail icon_menu icon_message icon_minus icon_pinterest icon_plus icon_quote_end icon_quote_start icon_refresh icon_search icon_tick_on icon_twitter icon_video_play icon_youtube

Sign up to our mailing list for the latest Boat International & Events news.


Missing your newsletter?

If you’ve unsubscribed by mistake and would like to continue to hear about the latest Boat International & Events news, update your preferences now and let us know which emails you’d like to receive.

No, thanks
Bags of style: Vintage looks and modern practicality meet at LONB

Bags of style: Vintage looks and modern practicality meet at LONB

To revisit the 60s, all you need is love – and the finest leather, says Peter Howarth...

When does design become fashion? Or engineering become style? These are questions that every boat designer and builder – and owner – will ponder. And they are also prompted by a recently launched collection of beautiful bags, in leather, suede and canvas by the intriguingly named Love Or Nothing Baby (LONB).

If the moniker sounds a bit summer of love, that’s because it reflects the relationship between founders Reinhard Mieck and Melissa Morris, and their enthusiasm for the 60s. They are partners, in business and personally, and met while he was CEO of luxury goods group Labelux and she was at Belstaff, part of the group. Finding that they shared a love of the design and spirit of the golden age of sports cars, pioneering fashion, mould-breaking screen stars and freewheeling, adventurous travel – what Morris calls the “authentic, unbuttoned cool of Steve McQueen and Jane Birkin” – they decided to strike out on their own.

“It’s all about travel,” says Mieck, “and that is something we really do understand. I was travelling for approximately 200 days of the year in my previous job.” Morris headed up the women’s creative team at Belstaff, and what struck them was how many “where’s my keys/wallet/passport” moments you have when on the move. But they also speak of how travel is about your daily schedule – “gym then work then lunch meetings, back to work, then seeing friends”.

LONB’s solution is the Runaway, a leather “panel” with pockets and compartments for your essentials, which can fold up into a clutch bag with a shoulder strap for women, or a handheld portfolio for men. It can also be clipped into a variety of bag styles, from backpacks to holdalls, so you transfer your belongings from one to another. Made in Italy from 100 per cent natural leathers, they are lined with durable Alcantara, developed for upholstering racing car seats in the 60s by the Italian firm of that name.

My favourite piece is the Vagabond bag. “Melissa was inspired by my personal collection of classic motorcycle jackets,” says Mieck. “You can see this from the curved lines and the way the pockets are integrated into the seams.”

Visit lonb.com

Upgrade your account
Your account at BOAT International doesn't include a BOAT Pro subscription. Please subscribe to BOAT Pro in order to unlock this content.
Subscribe More about BOAT Pro