What is a Curo Dopp Kit? Not to worry, I’m not resorting to name calling or shifting to cursing in another language. According to Wikipedia, a Dopp kit is a small toiletry bag, made of leather, vinyl, or cloth, that is used for storing men's grooming tools for travel. For the uneducated (which, up until recently included me), it’s a travel bag.
The Dopp trademark has an interesting history. Originally named after its creator, Samsonite tried to file for a U.S. Trademark on the name in 1980, but lost registration in 2003 for nothing more than a lack of filing a Declaration of Continued Use.
Recently, Waterfield, the maker of my favorite travel bags (Vitesse Messenger and Gear Pouch), released its own version of a Dopp Kit. Waterfield’s is called the Curo Dopp Kit and is essentially a better version of what I’ve been traveling with for the last several years. The one I’ve been using for the past many years was ready to be abandoned and it had served me well. After ripping the Curo Dopp Kit from its shipping packaging and first gazing upon it, I didn’t even linger to say goodbye to my old one before making the transition.
Like all Waterfield bags, the interior is lined with gold fabric which makes it easier to see the contents. The exterior is all leather and comes in either black or “grizzly” colors. I chose grizzly to match my other Waterfield bags.
Like all Waterfield productions, the Curo Dopp Kit is built to last. It’s durable and destined to be an enduring travel companion. It’s not as expansive as my old bag, but I needed to pare down what I carried anyway – stop being a Boy Scout – and this gave me the chance to do that. I’ve done the same with my travel technology so it only makes sense to introduce that into the rest of my travel life, otherwise I’m just a hypocrite with a secret propensity for suitcase clutter.
The Waterfield Curo Dopp Kit is available for $89. Check it out here: Curo Dopp Kit