Amidst the autumn/winter line-up from British leather goods maker Ally Capellino, whose collection includes bags designed for stylish urban cyclists, the canvas Cavo (above) is a standout. With its school-bag charm, this versatile pannier and shoulder bag looks as polished slung over a shoulder with this season’s woolens and knits and as it does on a bike rack.
We got a look at it at Adeline Adeline in Tribeca last week. Constructed of all-weather canvas, coated at the base and back-side, the pannier snaps to a bike rack with two simple leather straps — no bulky plastic hooks. Carry it with the adjustable cotton webbing shoulder strap, or use the leather handle riveted to the top. With mid-size dimensions of 13 in. by 11 1/2 in. by 3 1/2 in., the bag perfectly accommodates a tablet computer, plus a scarf or sweater and other about-town necessities in a nylon-lined, pocketed interior. Reflective piping aids nighttime visibility.
Leather straps, plus a heavy-duty plastic zipper secure the bag when you’re on the go. An exterior zip pocket delivers quick access to a lipstick and smart phone. An elasticized rain cover also is included. Similar styling carries over to a larger messenger bag and a backpack.
Ally Capellino Cavo Pannier, also available in black, $300
Photos: Ally Capellino