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Knoll Totes & Travel Collection Debuts

Collection Fuses Heritage and Hipness; Good Design Travels Well

November 5, 2014

NEW YORK, New York, November 5, 2014 – To celebrate the union of design and material, Knoll introduces a spirited collection of totes and travel bags, pairing 100% merino wool FilzFelt with premium aniline-dyed Spinneybeck leather accents. Perfect for weekend trips, grocery shopping or a yoga class, the totes and duffles bring new meaning to the idea that good design travels well – across time and even continents.

Tailored for city or country, the Collection reflects the Knoll brand commitment to good design and quality materials, from KnollTextiles to the more recently added Spinneybeck Leather and FilzFelt brands, all united by a premium position in their respective markets.

Karen Stone, Knoll designer who conceived the collection, said: “Knoll has a tradition of experimenting with new materials and product categories, beginning with Florence Knoll's unexpected use of simple menswear textiles in the 1940s. The new tote and travel bag designs are pared down in the modern tradition, yet extremely tactile and functional."

The Collection consists of five designs – Slim Tote, Backpack Tote, Classic Tote, Duffle Bag and Weekender – that collectively cater to the specialized needs of modern life. Available in a wide array of colors, the Totes & Travel Collection is handmade in New Hampshire and designed to be both functional and timelessly stylish.

Slim Tote. A structured wool felt tote with leather gussets and belting leather straps: perfect for the everyday essentials.

Backpack Tote. A unique wool felt tote with adjustable belting leather straps converts from tote to backpack when an extra hand is needed.

Classic Tote. Office or park, tablet or tablecloth – a sturdy, full-size wool felt tote with leather accents for every day of the week.

Duffle Bag. Over the shoulder or by your side, this all-purpose wool felt duffle with leather handles leverages structure and style in a new take on the classic carryall.

Weekender. This wool felt weekend bag with leather accents ensures you’ll look good getting there. Felt and leather are the best pairing since Saturday and Sunday.


FilzFelt imports German-milled 100% wool design felt. From the fields where the sheep are raised to the felt mill to the manufacturing facility where products are cut, stitched, and assembled, the FilzFelt supply chain sustains communities and supports traditional craftworks.


Spinneybeck's partnership with the Gobbetti family in Italy, who specialize exclusively in upholstery leather production, provides Spinneybeck with the finest leathers available. With a standing inventory of 2,000,000 square feet, Spinneybeck is the world's leading and largest supplier of quality upholstery leather.


Knoll is recognized internationally for workplace and residential design that inspires, evolves, and endures. Our portfolio of furniture, textiles, leathers, and accessories brands, including Knoll, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, KnollExtra, Spinneybeck, FilzFelt, Edelman Leather, and HOLLY HUNT, reflects our commitment to modern design that meets the diverse requirements of high performance offices and luxury interiors. A recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian`s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help organizations achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED workplace certification. Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

Media Contacts

David Bright
Knoll, Inc.
212 343-4135

Slim Tote
Backpack Tote
Classic Tote
Duffle Bag