While most brands are looking to Asia for new buyers, Skagen is one of the few brands ramping up their presence across the U.S. The brand has flown relatively under the radar, at least stateside, since it started up in 1989 despite having stores in 80 countries. (The brand name comes from the seaside village of Skagen, Denmark, the hometown of creators Henrik and Charlotte Jorst.) Luckily, New York has been added to this list as of this week. The new flagship on the corner of Broadway and 48th Street spans more than 1,000 square feet and brings together all of the brand's offerings in addition to some "inspired finds" available exclusively at this location.

Today, Skagen is owned by Fossil (purchased in 2012), so of course watches are its focus. But the new leather items deserve the recognition. Each piece is an everyday essential with a modest price to match, and they're available at the new outpost before the rest of the world has a chance to get their hands on them.

Our favorite bag, the Kroyer backpack, which you see at the top of this article, retails for $195 ($355 for the lux leather variation). It's the perfect partner for all the commuter homies schlepping to and from the office on NJ Transit.

In the market for a bespoke bag? Don't miss our roundup of the 10 Best Backpacks for Back-to-School 2014.