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Bags for Big Weekends
Bags for Big Weekends
98 backers pledged AU$ 37,580 to help bring this project to life.

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Maximón Leather

We are a luxury leather brand that makes bags for big weekends. We're inspired by Maximón, a loose living bad boy from Guatemalan folklore and Latin America's flair for a good night out. 

The Legend 

One fine day when the villagers were hard at work in the fields, Maximón slept with their wives. All of them.  When the villagers got home and discovered his crime they cut off his arms and legs.   

Something truly terrible must have happened afterwards, because these days he’s venerated throughout the country as a kind of malevolent saint. Worshippers offer cash, liquor and tobacco in exchange for favours, requests for success at someone else's expense or often just to keep him on side. 

Some say he’s Saint Simon, although the Catholic Church wants nothing to do with him. Some say he’s the pre-Colombian god Mam. Still others say his name is a compound of Simón and 'max', a Mayan word for the tobacco so dear to his heart. Whether he’s a god, a saint, an addict or just a bully, there’s no denying Maximón’s a badass.

The Goods 

Our playful attitude may have fooled you, but when it comes to leather we're as serious as a hangover in Ciudad Juárez.

Levanta Muertos Wash Bag
Levanta Muertos Wash Bag
Petenero Medium Weekender
Petenero Medium Weekender
Todos Santos Large Weekender
Todos Santos Large Weekender

All of our bags are made from deluxe, locally tanned top-grain hides and use YKK zips and heavy gauge hardware. If you don't pace yourself, they'll outlast you.  

They are available in chocolate brown, tan and black: 

And you can choose from our three signature linings, hand woven on backstrap looms in Nahualá.

The Artisans 

Our artisans have spent decades with a hide in their hands: cutting, stitching, huffing its delicious aroma. They spend more than five hours putting each of our weekenders together. We tried a lot of other providers before we settled on these guys. They're gold standard. 

The Design

Our bags combine a classic, minimalist look with perforated leather feature pockets. Each of them takes more than five hours and hundreds of steps to put together. 

The Dollars  

Compared with other bags of equivalent size and quality, we're confident ours are a steal. We can pull this off because we're not greedy and we've cut the fat off our cost base. See the reward tabs on the right for prices.  

The Goal

Our goal is $32,500 Australian dollars, or about US$23,000. This number is based on our manufacturer's minimum production quantity for a first run! If we don't hit it we won't receive a single dollar. So please get behind the project! 

Risks and challenges

If Maximón Leather is successfully funded we expect to be able to complete production of all orders in four weeks. Shipping to the United States, Canada and Mexico will take about 7 working days. Shipping to Australia and the UK will take take about 15 working days. If all goes well with our shipping agent orders should arrive by Christmas but of course there is always a risk that delays might arise.

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    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About $0.70

    Digital Thank You! When we launch our website your name will appear in a list of Founding Maximóneros, acknowledging your contribution.

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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $35

    About US$35. Price includes shipping.

    Maximón's Mystery Box! We haven't decided on this reward yet. It could be a wristband, it could be a keyring, it could be Bon Jovi's trousers. You won't know until it arrives. Whatever it is, you can be sure it'll be cool.

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    Pledge AU$ 90 or more About $63

    About $US65. Price includes shipping.

    Levanta Muertos Wash Bag! Thanks! You'll receive one of our 'Levanta Muertos' leather wash bags, available in chocolate brown, tan or black and lined with your choice of our three hand woven, signature linings.

    'Levanta Muertos' means 'Raiser of the Dead' and it's the name Guatemalans give to a spicy breakfast soup that cures hangovers.

    Because if you can't get the soup a shower and shave is the next best thing.

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    Pledge AU$ 495 or more About $348

    About $US350. Price includes shipping.

    Petenero Medium Weekender! Thanks! You'll receive one of our 'Peténero' leather weekenders, available in chocolate brown, tan or black and lined with your choice of our three hand woven signature linings. This is our medium sized bag, measuring 48cm x 19cm x 20cm ideal for a fly in / fly out visit.

    The Petén, a vast tract of lawless jungle covering nearly a third of Guatemala is scarred with impromptu runways, built for a single, highly profitable landing.

    It's wily inhabitants, 'Peténeros', know a thing or two about how to pack for a short trip.

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    Pledge AU$ 560 or more About $393

    About US$395. Price includes shipping.

    Todos Santos Large Weekender! Thanks! You'll receive one of our 'Todos Santos' leather weekenders, available in chocolate brown, tan or black and lined with your choice of our three hand woven signature linings. This is our big bag measuring 54cm x 34cm x 26cm. Ideal for when you're going someplace you might have trouble leaving...

    In the Town of Todos Santos Cuchumatan alcohol is prohibited for fifty three weeks of the year. But in the week of All Saints' Day the inhabitants let themselves off the leash with a booze fuelled, bare back horse race. There are no winners, just proud survivors.

    We're sure Todos Santos was Maximón's favourite getaway and that's why we're christening our signature product with the town's name.

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