It's important that, when a man's coming of age, he tries new things -- like wearing an Alice Cooper t-shirt, or adopting the word "hella". For a local brand that's stepping into new terrain, try Mulholland
Now in their 20th year furnishing San Franciscans with super-lux bags, wallets, and luggage, Mulholland's 2008 collections push their aesthetic boundaries while retaining gentlemanly refinement (hand-stitched leathers, tailored luggage tags) and thoughtful execution (hidden envelopes for passports, built-in laundry sacks for assed shorts).
The expanded Deerskin line embodies rustic-yet-lush sophistication, while the "M" series incorporates modern materials like titanium hardware and water/tear-proof "ballistic nylon" lining -- the stuff of WWII flack jackets, and the disappointing, often drunk father of Kevlar.
For fully bespoke opulence, the Alligator offerings're skinned from only the finest farm-raised beasts, and can now be finished in 6 high-gloss tones, from enigmatic cobalt to flamboyant tangerine (his parents always warned him he'd end up a shave kit)
Yet to be unveiled is the Wicked Quick collection: black or brown leathers embossed with a goth-like pattern so Byzantine in its ornamentation that, even though it's not yet online, orders are already flying in hella fast. Miss out, and welcome to your nightmare
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