Frank Clegg and his team are legendary for sourcing the most beautiful leathers in the world. Unlike a typical smooth leather hide, shrunken bison is not stretched during the drying process. Instead, it is laid flat and allowed to condense during the drying process, creating a unique grain that is tick, rugged and uniquely textured. This also makes the hide more resistant to the elements and less likely to show scuff marks or patina over time. We appoint our shrunken leather products with a smooth belting leather which creates a great contrast for the bags while also providing a structured carry.
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I've always loved backpacks but as I got older and started to dress smarter, my nylon Nike and Adidas shoulder sacks just weren't cutting it anymore. I wanted to keep the convenience of a traditional backpack (hands free!) but add a level of sophistication that would elevate a look, rather than make it look juvenile.
I also wanted something that would last the test of time. In my years as an athlete, I went through a backpack every year or so. This one is not only built to last the test of time, it's actually built to get better with age. That's the real win with quality raw materials - it builds character and softens as it breaks-in over time.
In addition to the wide-mouth easy-access main drawstring pouch, there are two separated storage areas - the front pouch with magnetic snap closure (keys, wallet, phone, pens, headphones, etc) and a secret zipper pocket under the main flap (passport, boarding pass, important papers, etc). As all backpackers can attest - pocket separation is key.