For those living in congested urban areas a rugged motorcycle is about as good a resource for weekend escapes as one can think of. But storing the panniers and dry bags necessary for extended overnight outings is a hassle when living space is limited. Enter Malle, the London-based manufacturer of attractive, functional bags designed to for the daily commute but capable of weathering a cross continent adventure if need be.

There are many makers of fine motorcycle-specific bags. Even a couple makers of crossover equipment we like—take Alms NYC for example—but very few offer the selection and variation in well-designed, supremely attractive gear that Malle does.

Though the London-made line encompasses everything from multi pannier-slash-backpack designs and adventure-ready riding jackets to city centric laptop sleeves, the ultra simple pieces are what's drawn us in. Specifically, the Edward EX rolltop backpack, modestly-sized Jack Shoulder Bag (that adapts nicely to both cycling and motorbiking), and the Douglas Tool Roll. These items exemplify a refined design aesthetic that’s both functional and easy on the eyes (admittedly in places Malle's brand identity tips towards douchey, but so it goes).

Sure, you’re gonna have to shell out a third of your rent to own a piece, but life is about compromises and it's safe to assume you’ve made worse investments in your life.

So, whether you’re actually out there living the Ewan McGregor Adventure Guy lifestyle or just looking to upgrade your EDC for the daily commute with something a bit more unique, Malle may be worth a closer look.