About this project
Collected Works Co is a collaboration between good friends Jacob Hinmon, a filmmaker from Portland, Oregon and Patrick Vail, an attorney from Seattle, Washington.
UPDATES: Read about the Collected Works Co. Duffle Backpack on Men's Style Blog Put This On: http://putthison.com/tagged/Collected-Works
Read about the Collected Works Co. Duffle Backpack on the great men’s style blog A Headlong Dive at: http://aheadlongdive.com/2012/10/14/collected-works-co-military-duffle-backpack/
Also, see a post about our Backpack on the excellent design blog Wit + Delight: http://witanddelight.tumblr.com/post/33369594763/you-guys-check-out-this-kickstarter-im-backing
Check out a post about the Military Duffle Backpack on amazing music, style and culture blog Threading in the Choirs: http://mllr.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/collected-works-co/
UPDATE: Because of how quickly we sold out our first run of bags, we've offered a second run which will deliver in December. We are working hard to get production rolling right away, as opposed to waiting the 21 days for our funds to arrive from Kickstarter, so that we can get these products into your hands as quickly as possible. We're confident you're going to love them as much as we do. Thank you for showing interest in our Duffle Backpack and additional products.
How the Collected Works Co Duffle Backpack Came to Be
Dating back to high school, we were always drawn to the idea of the military duffle bag. But for being constructed to carry everything you owned, we probably would have made that our everyday bag long ago.
Last summer, Patrick was in the market for a backpack but was having a hard time finding exactly what he was looking for. We both love the aesthetic of waxed canvas and leather, but he was also looking for something more than just classic materials and design.
He wanted a bag that was versatile enough to take to the office and on a weekend trip outdoors — something rugged enough to handle a commute and a day hike. He wanted the organizational details to account for all the things he would carry on a daily basis: laptop, notebooks, pens, phone, misc electronics, keys, loose change etc.—all the stuff that collects in a jumbled heap at the bottom of your bag. We wanted a bag that had a place for everything, looked great and was built to last.
While critiquing one of his options, we started spit-balling ways to improve it both aesthetically and functionally. By the end of the conversation we felt like we were on to something. We had a unique idea for a bag.
Getting It Made
We didn’t stop at cocktail napkin sketches and text message conversations. Our friend Sam Huff, creative director at Tanner Goods, introduced us to Pete Williams. Pete is an extremely experienced bag developer and craftsman. He sewed bags for years at Mystery Ranch, which specializes in military and expedition packs. Pete was used to sewing performance and technical packs that need to hold up under extreme conditions.
Pete brought that wealth of experience to the project by helping us with developing our backpack. After some sketches, discussions and early samples the bag came to life.
Why This Bag is Unique
The market is full of two kinds of bags. The first type is built to look great and uses high-quality materials. The other is meant to be more functional but sacrifices aesthetics.
Our goal was to produce a backpack that combined the features of both those types of bags into something beautiful, durable and functional. We wanted a bag that is rugged enough to take on a day-hike and a bike commute, functional enough to organize everything you need for class or a client meeting and beautiful enough for you to want to bring it along on all occasions. This is how we went about achieving this:
Quality, Durable Materials
We used classic and durable materials. The bag is made with 22 oz waxed canvas and comes in two colorways: Olive and Ranger Tan. Waxed canvas is a classic material that becomes more waterproof with use and better looking with age. Our waxed canvas is sourced from Fairfield Textiles in Bridgeton, New Jersey.
NOTE: The bag pictured below is an earlier sample with a different cotton-webbed handle from the final product. Picture to show the Olive with Brown Trim colorway.
The shoulder straps are made of 9 oz tan chromexcel leather and 5.5 oz rough out tan chromexcel shoulder pads for added comfort. Our leather is sourced from the Horween Leather factory in Chicago, Il. We got our friends over at Tanner Goods to do the cut & sew for us locally.
Both the leather and waxed canvas will develop specific wear patterns according to your use. We couldn’t find any hasp of acceptable quality on the market, so we contacted a local artisan to produce one for us. The bag is designed, developed and sewn in the USA.
We stand behind our products 100% and offer a lifetime guarantee against defects in production or failure due to normal wear and tear. If the bag fails under these circumstances we will repair or replace it free of charge.
Driven by a desire for practical function—in addition to comfort and beauty—we created a number of detailed design features that improve how the bag sits on your back and carries your goods.
When closed the bag measures 16" x 12" x 5" comfortably meeting the carry-on requirements on all US domestic flights.
The inside of the bag has a laptop sleeve that comfortably fits to a 15” laptop, a zipper pocket that will hold your iPad (9.25" x 12"), and pockets for a notebook (up to 6” x 8”), cell phone and two pens. All built to sit directly on your back for comfortable weight distribution.
Oh, and two utility straps with snaps to hold your hatchet in place. Alternatively, those utility straps will hold a coffee mug, our Canteen Cord Pouch, or anything with a D-ring (conveniently).
On the exterior, the bag has a flap pocket (5" x 4") for a wallet or phone, a zipper pocket (5" x 5.5") for change or keys and a secret flask pocket on the side of the bag to port your alcohol discreetly. We included a webbed-cotton side handle for convenience. The top closure strap is also a handy and comfortable way to pick up the bag.
The Best Backpack We Could Dream Up
Our aim is to deliver the highest quality product—in terms of aesthetics, materials and function— by using elevated fabrics and hardware and detailed, functional design. We are producing this bag locally and all materials are sourced from the USA.
We do not sacrifice design or function for price, but we spent every effort streamlining the product to bring the price into reach of a consumer who is willing to invest in a quality product built to last. The Collected Works Duffle Backpack may be beautiful and unique but most of all it's useful. It begs to be beaten up and broken in. It's yours for life. Make it your own.
Your Contribution at Work
We spent the better part of a year developing this backpack. We are asking for your help to bring it to market. If we meet our goal the money will go directly toward materials and labor to produce the first run of 40 bags.
Rewards for Support
We want to sincerely thank you for supporting our campaign. As a reward for contributing, we have developed a number of additional items. We believe these items work exceptionally well as both companions to the Military Duffle Backpack and as stand-alone products.
Collected Works Co Patch
The Collected Works Co patch is 3" in diameter. A quality patch commemorating the founding of Collected Works Co.
Leather Luggage Tag
The Collected Works Co Leather Luggage Tag is the perfect companion to your Military Duffle Backpack when you travel. The tag has the Collected Works Co logo stamped into Olive colored 5.5 oz chromexcel leather, and we will customize the tags by hand stamping your initials into the tag upon your order.
UPDATE: To clarify, even though there are three tags in the photo, the $15 donation gets you two tags.
The back of each pouch and the flap is made of 18 oz waxed canvas like the Military Duffle Backpack. The front of the pouch is made from 10 oz waxed canvas reminiscent of the organizing panel inside the backpack. The pleat in the center of the pouch allows for the pouches to expand to account for more volume.
The pouches are available in both Ranger Tan and Olive with Brown trim.
We offer the the utility pouches in three sizes:
The Large Utility Pouch measures 9" x 14.5": and will fit an 8 1/2" x 11" note pad or several medium items such as passport hard drives, smaller notebooks, etc.
The Medium Utility Pouch measures 6.5" x 10.5": and will fit several items at once including Field Notes notebook, pen, lighter, pocketknife, passport hard drive, cigarettes etc.
The Small Utility Pouch measures 4" x 6.5" and is best for carrying small items like chapstick, lighter, loose change or a checkbook.
Canteen Cord Pouch
The Canteen Cord Pouch is designed in response to finding your electronics cables jumbled in a heap at the bottom of your bag one too many times. It fits an Apple-sized laptop cord in the zipper pouch and has fold over pockets on the outside that fit a phone charger on one side and earbuds on the other.
The Canteen Cord Pouch measures 6" in diameter and 1.75" in height. It has a D-ring so you can conveniently hang it from the Utility Strap in our backpack or any other hook you have.
We are extremely proud of our products and excited to share them with you. Thank you very much for taking time to view our campaign and for your support.
Jacob and Patrick
Risks and challenges
The real risk of this project is wasting the hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars we have already invested in developing the project up to this point. We may not be personally qualified to cut or sew these bags. But we have hired very smart and talented people to do that for us. We've combed over every detail to make sure that each product meets our standard of excellence and is created to be beautiful, functional and durable.
We have estimated all material costs and delivery schedule. Our cut and sew shop is standing by, waiting for us to place the order on materials in order to fulfill the first production run. In fact, we have already ordered the materials that will take the longest to deliver in order to expedite production and ensure that we meet our delivery promises.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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