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Two premium leather travel bags with hands-free styling, crafted to comfortably fit a Laptop, an iPad/iPad Mini, and more. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on October 6, 2013.

Two premium leather travel bags with hands-free styling, crafted to comfortably fit a Laptop, an iPad/iPad Mini, and more.

About this project

What an adventure! Thanks all for your amazing support!

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Happy adventures!

-Stephen & Tiffani

STRETCH GOAL #1 - $23,000 - LILLIUM COLOR OPTIONS - If we can reach this goal then we will be able to offer the Lillium in 3 exciting colors: Mahogany Brown, Gunslinger Black, and Fern Green. Achieved!

The problem: A bag is an absolute must-have when traveling but they often are more of a hassle than a help. They can be uncomfortable, irritating to carry, inaccessible, or just plain unsightly. Who wants to have to fiddle all the time with a purse or a heavy, bulky, messenger bag when you are trying to enjoy your travels? Bags should enhance your travel experience in every way, not distract or detract from it. 

Our Intrepid Solution: Tiffani and I gathered all of our experience, wishes, tears, and love to design the ultimate his-n-hers leather travel bags. These bags are a result of our tireless search to find high quality craftsmanship born out of prideful tradition rather than the bottom line. The unique hands free styling of both bags will leave you free to revel in the journey. 

 Our Products:

For Him: The Journeyman


The Journeyman is a cross-body, minimalist messenger bag with a floating padded pocket for a 13" laptop, as well as much much more. Whether you are commuting to work or just taking in the sights the Journeyman is crafted to hold your essentials comfortably close, and look good doing it. 

The Journeyman is the most comfortable leather messenger bag around. We've field tested it extensively in all kinds of environments. From city streets to mountain tops the Journeyman braved them all and looked even better afterwards.

Unique Cross Body Fit: Cross-body styling joins with padded side-mounted shoulder straps to ensure that the bag stays firmly in place no matter what you are doing. The more you fill the bag the more it conforms to your body, not your stuff.

It's Bigger on the Inside: The Journeyman's ultra thin profile (only 2.5” thick) is designed to carry a 13” laptop, 10" tablet, and smartphone, plus their chargers! There’s also room for your FieldNotes or a Moleskine notebook, pens, sunglasses, and 3 quick access pockets on either side for documents.

Journeyman Highlights:

Our leather is fully vegetable tanned, full-grain, boot and saddle leather sourced from USA hides. It is supremely durable, feeling amazing right out of the box, no breaking in needed! 

Used in Parachute construction this Marine-grade, UV-resistant, heavy-duty nylon stitching won't break down, fade, or disintegrate over time, adding to the heirloom worthiness of this bag.

Forged solid steel hardware is built to never break or wear out. Over time the strength remains while developing a rugged patina.

This floating laptop pocket is entirely innovative in design. While some bags have a removable sleeve that bounces around, this pocket carefully suspends your laptop away from your back, keeping you comfortable and your gear safe.

The Journeyman Messenger from Intrepid Bag Co.
The Journeyman Messenger from Intrepid Bag Co.

We've taken the Journeyman Messenger to the ends of the earth testing out its durability, comfort, and utility. From the city streets of San Francisco to the Annapurna mountain range of Nepal this bag has outperformed our every expectation. So we can say with confidence that it will do the same for you!

For Her: The Lillium

The Lillium is a hands free belt purse with a sleek gunslinger silhouette. If Lara Croft carried an iPad Mini, this is how she would do it. The iPad slips gently into a wine colored micro-suede pocket. It is perfect for a day in the city with 4 compartments and pockets. The European styled Lillium fits all your daily essentials and more.

Slim and Sexy: The Lillium practically disappears into the silhouette of your leg. You barely notice it's there, even at its fullest. 

3 Ways to Wear It: The versatile belt fit (one size fits all) is very adjustable in a number of ways. You can pull it through the belt loops on a pair of jeans, sling it across the hips (as pictured), wear it messenger style, or even carry it on your shoulder like a regular purse. Each option is designed so that it contours to you and frees your hands up. 

Lillium Highlights:

Supple, soft vegetable tanned leather molds to you while maintaining structure and form with ultimate durability. This is some of the finest purse leather out there.

A smooth micro-suede padded pocket for an iPad Mini, or any similarly sized tablet, provides protection and keeps smudges at bay. The same soft material is found in the smartphone zippered pocket.

All your daily essentials fit in the Lillium's slim profile. Conveniently placed credit card and ID slots, and pen/stylus holders hover just above the open space that can fit a slim pair of sunglasses, makeup, a battery pack, cords, headphones, and more, in addition to the iPad Mini and smartphone. And there is even a hidden Passport and Money pocket on the back. 

No messing around with an annoying buckle. You get all the beauty of an artisan designed hourglass shaped buckle with the convenience of snap magnetic closure. The main compartment's magnetic closure ensures quick access to all your essentials. It opens when you need it, and stays shut when you don't. 

The Lillium from Intrepid Bag Co.
The Lillium from Intrepid Bag Co.

We have field tested the Lillium Hip Purse for the past 6 months. It's been to Kathmandu, Korea, Berkeley and beyond. It never fails to garner the attention it deserves. Expect almost daily to be stopped and asked where you got it. 

Top Perks for Backing Intrepid Bags' Kickstarter:

  • Endless compliments from perfect strangers

  • Instant world traveler cred

  • Your attractiveness will increase by 10

  • You can collect all the jealous looks you will get and put them on Instagram #dealwithit

  • You will be overcome by a sense of adventure and endless possibilities

  • You'll look hotter than Indiana Jones and Lara Croft... put together!

  • Your back will thank you

  • Your awesome will let us make more awesome

Our Story

It is said difficulty breeds inspiration, and this has been true for us. Born from our frustrations at having to carry uncomfortable bags while traveling, we wanted to make travel bags that were both stylish and comfortable. When we met Brian Holmes of Pad & Quill one sunny day in San Francisco we knew we had found a way. With our background in design and his experience in production and fulfillment a wonderful partnership was born. Countless hours of design and prototyping and field testing over the past eight months have gone into these two bags. Now, finally, what we have now are two designs that are nearly ready for prime time. With your help we will be able to finish

Early drawings of the Journeyman Bag
Early drawings of the Journeyman Bag
Early drawings of the Lillum Bag
Early drawings of the Lillum Bag

Who We Are

We are a designer couple living in the Bay Area of San Francisco. As avid world travelers, language learners, volunteers, and artists we are always on the hunt for the perfect bags to take with us on our adventures, the kind of bag that will go anywhere, from the streets of Berkeley to the top of Kilimanjaro, from the New York Rat Race to the Scotland Highlands, from our favorite tea cafe at home to the fields of Darjeeling. 

In a world where products have lost the personal touch and mass production trumps family craftsmanship, we want something real and reflective of the Intrepid spirit of so many travelers who brave new places and broaden their horizon, just because they can. Like that emboldened spirit, our bags don’t flinch. We haven't compromised on anything from quality to design to materials. No shortcuts.

We've found the best leather craftsman in the world. We are utilizing one of the best bag manufacturing factories in the Americas.  We also sourced some of the highest quality materials in the world, and have designed, what we feel are the best bags in the world. We have crafted these bags so they will hold up to all the wear and tear that this gorgeous world throws at you.

That's why we are making Intrepid leather bags by hand, the old-fashioned way, with the highest grade environmentally friendly USA vegetable tanned boot leathers, super thick marine grade uv resistant nylon stitching, high quality fabrics, and top-of-the-line metal hardware. The end results are luxurious responsibly made products that will last and last and last.

How You Can Help

We are entering the final design stages for the Journeyman and Lillium bags and they will be production ready very very soon. We need your pledges to fund the initial production run of these two bags. We hope they will be the first of many as we continue designing more high quality travel bags!

We need your contributions to make it happen. Please support Intrepid Bags. and help us bring these bags to adventurers everywhere!

Our Timeline and Production Plan

  • September: Finalize prototypes and materials and create gold sample of both bags
  • End of September: Kickstarter Ends
  • Early October: Get dies made, order leather and materials, get everything ready for production
  • Late October: Begin production of bags
  • Mid November: Final Quality Control Inspection
  • Late November: Transportation
  • December: Begin shipping bags
  • December Onwards: You take Intrepid Bags with you on your adventures!

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Risks and challenges

Materials are sourced, we are currently honing our design, and the production team is ready to move. The biggest risk on this project are delays in production time and getting the materials shipped.

We have partnered with Brian Holmes, owner of Pad & Quill and maker of the finest iPhone and iPad cases around. With his help we are confident we can pull everything off smoothly. From production to materials to shipping he has the expertise and facilities.

Now we just need your help more than anything to make these bags a reality! Backers will receive the bag (or bags) of their choosing along with our undying gratitude.

Thanks so much for your support! -Stephen & Tiffani

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