Clean design. Built to last. Made in the USA. Packswell bags are simple, timeless, functional, and stylish.
Update for International Customers:
Packswell will waive the $50 international shipping fee for international backers.
Packswell: Clean design. Built to last. Made in the USA.
Life is complicated. Your bag shouldn’t be. Packswell bags are designed to be simple and timeless, to be functional and stylish. They’re built to last. They’re made from durable materials that look better with time. They’re manufactured in the USA to the highest standards.
The Freelance is Packswell's first bag. It's a clean, simple pack designed to carry the gear you use to get the job done. It has pockets to organize all your stuff, a padded laptop sleeve with easy access, and a super-bright interior so you can see inside without a flashlight.
It’s also built to last. The Freelance is made of heavyweight, water-resistant cotton canvas woven by Fairfield Textile in the USA. It has military-grade seatbelt webbing and hardware that can withstand almost anything. It's built to stand the test of time and look better with age.
- Padded laptop compartment holds most 15-inch notebooks
- Side zipper for easy notebook access
- Strong, electronic-safe magnet fasteners for front pockets
- Padded smartphone pocket
- Pen organizer and business card holder
- Heavyweight, water-resistant cotton canvas exterior
- Super-bright corduroy interior
- Made in the USA
- H: 17″ W: 12″ D: 6″
Packswell iPad Sleeve (10-inch)
The Packswell iPad Sleeve was designed for the 10-inch iPad. It's made from the same durable cotton canvas as the Freelance and features the same bright-orange corduroy interior. The flap uses the same strong, shielded magnets as the Freelance. It also has D-rings for an included detachable strap.
Your $200 pledge buys one Freelance pack. That's $50 off the retail price (with free shipping). A $30 pledge buys one Packswell iPad Sleeve with free shipping. This Kickstarter will fund the initial production run of the Freelance and help us develop the Packswell line. We have designs for messenger bags, notebook sleeves, bike panniers, brief bags, and more.
About the Designer
I’m Dustin Driver, a freelance writer, photographer, and designer. My parents loved clean design. We had Frank Lloyd Wright and Arata Isozaki prints on the walls and our shelves were crammed with books about design geniuses like Frank Gehry and Charles and Ray Eames. We had a Bertoia Bird Lounge Chair from my grandfather and mom obsessed over vintage Heywood-Wakefield furniture. We regularly toured the SFMOMA and prowled the Northern California hills for Eichler homes. I grew up with an appreciation of clean, modern design, and it shaped the way I view, well, everything.
About a year ago I went shopping for a pack that could hold all my gear—laptop, accessories, snacks, etc. I wanted something sleek and professional, something that would look great in client meetings, in the office, and around town. I found sleek packs, but they were too small and impractical. I found practical packs, but they weren’t clean and professional. I decided to design my own. How hard could it be?
Designing the Freelance
I started with simple sketches. I based my design on classic Swiss packs. Their simplicity appealed to me, but they lacked crisp, modern lines. I designed the pack to be sleek and clean with a single flap, minimal pockets, almost no zippers, and a hidden buckle. I gave it a padded laptop compartment with a single side zipper for easy access. Then I choose materials. I loved the look, feel, and durability of heavyweight canvas and the texture of corduroy.
With a basic design and specs, I went to work. I had sewn a simple canvas messenger bag in the past, but I soon realized that my pack would require more skill—and a far-better sewing machine—than I possessed. I searched for someone who could help. I found the Last US Bag Company, a pack manufacturer based in Vancouver, WA, just a hundred miles from my home. During the next six months, I worked closely with the owner and his team to develop a prototype. We went through three iterations before settling on the final version, the Freelance.
During the design process, I realized I could offer much more than a single pack. I founded Packswell LLC, developed a website, and started sketching more designs—designs for messenger bags, bike panniers, tablet sleeves, brief bags, and, of course, more packs. Before I knew it, I had developed a full-fledged bag company and, with any luck, a new career.
With your support, I can make Packswell a reality. I plan to have all Packswell bags manufactured in the USA to the highest standards. All of them will be sleek, minimal, and practical.
Thank you for your time. Without Kickstarter backing, Packswell wouldn’t be a possibility.
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Our Vancouver, WA-based manufacturer is ready to start production of the Freelance pack once our Kickstarter funds. The pattern is set, the materials are sourced, and the factory is standing by. It will take approximately three weeks for the initial production run to get going. We expect do deliver within six weeks of the Kickstarter funding.
The front flaps are held in place by powerful, electronic-safe magnets (they're shielded). They won't come undone unless you tug on them quite forcefully. I've tested a prototype for three months and the flaps haven't accidentally come open. I also kept my phone in one of the front pocket to make sure the magnets wouldn't damage electronics. I've had no problems. Thanks!
I've had bags come apart at the seams before. It's a real bummer, and can be very costly if you're carrying a laptop. That's why I've asked my manufacturer, Last US Bag Company (http://www.lastusbag.com/) to use reinforced stitching throughout the bag to ensure it'll hold up to abuse.
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You'll receive our warmest thanks via email.Estimated delivery:
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For a pledge of $5, you'll receive our warmest thanks and a high-quality vinyl sticker with the Packswell logo.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Your $30 pledge purchases one padded Packswell tablet sleeve, made from the same ultra-durable cotton canvas as the Freelance pack. Dark gray exterior, bright-orange interior. Fits Apple iPad.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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Your $200 pledge buys one Freelance pack with free shipping. That's $50 off the retail price and nearly $25 saved in shipping costs.Estimated delivery:Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
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A Freelance pack and a tablet sleeve. Free shipping.Estimated delivery:Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
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