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About this project

Introducing LeTrav®, the world’s longest lasting briefcase-to-backpack hybrid and the only one to use the patented InrVert® system.  We know you have a demanding schedule with constant change and challenges so we've made the best bag available and it's getting better with your help!  

Your ultra-premium case will be hand-made from the most beautiful and durable materials available on planet earth. These materials include rich, full-grain leather, ballistic nylon, and the strongest, longest-lasting double zippers we can find--seriously!

Versatility

Each LeTrav® comes with a set of pockets, organizers, and sleeves that enable you to customize the LeTrav® to how you like it. The organizers attach securely to the Veltex® lining found on the inside of your bag, wherever you want them! We believe there's no need to wish you had more of a certain pocket or better placement of a needed pouch, you place it and move it anytime you want, wherever you need. Everything is accessible in BOTH modes.

LeTrav® offers 4 bags : the Austin, the Maxwell, the Jason and the Ethan.

Learn more about each bag in the rewards section below!

 

 

 

  

The story of LeTrav® begins with an innovative contractor in Portland, Oregon. Bart Bergquist was constantly in the boardroom with bankers and financiers promoting and funding his energy saving homes and office buildings, then moving to job sites to manage the realization of his vision. Each venue required a different look and approach to ensure success. In the boardroom he had to present himself as successful and self-assured. On the job site, he needed his hands free to work and interact with contractors. Switching contents from one bag to another slowed him down. He wanted to enhance his agility to respond to changing environments. 

Hundreds of patterns and dozens of prototypes later, the near-perfect combination of functionality and timeless design was coming to life.  We need your help to get it the rest of the way! 

“It was in 2010 that I realized it was going to work! Finally, I had a bag that changed with me through my day, and I have full control over all the pockets, where they go, how they’re oriented, and can access them from either briefcase or backpack mode.  Now I just needed to make it better and get in front of more eyes!" 

Most briefcases are bought with the understanding that they’ll look scrappy in a couple years. It is expected for the leather to fade, and then tear from constant use (see below how leather works), ultimately becoming a consumable. However, Bart wanted LeTrav® to set a higher standard. He insists that the strongest materials be used to ensure that LeTrav® owners will be proud of the way their briefcase represents them for years to come. With LeTrav®, you will achieve the flexibility and agility needed to both stand out in the boardroom and blend in on the subway.

   

  

 

 

We have put hours upon hours of research into developing the rewards and accessories which we feel will best serve our wonderful crowdfunding community.  To gain some momentum, we are offering the absolute best deals we can to our backers and throwing in lots of useful extras to give you the most for your contribution.

 

Our entry-level case is designed with students and those on a budget in mind.  With all of the features of our ultra-premium leather bags, the Austin is sure to please.  

  • Durable rip-stop ballistic nylon briefcase and backpack
  • Two main compartments
  • Front pocket for wallet, keys or phone
  • 12" x 16" x 5.5" (30.5 x 40.6 x 14cm)
  • 0.6 Cubic Feet (17 Liters)
  • 3 Lbs 5 oz (1.5kg)

 

  

 

 

Take your office with you in comfort and style wherever you go. The full grain leather paired with unique HDPE enables this briefcase to look at home in any boardroom. The ballistic nylon backpack lets you move inconspicuously in any urban environment.

  • Full grain leather briefcase
  • High Density Polyethylene supports  
  • Durable rip-stop ballistic nylon backpack  
  • Two main compartments
  • Front trifecta pocket for wallet, keys & phone
  • 12" x 16" x 5.5" (30.5 x 40.6 x 14cm)
  • 0.6 Cubic Feet (17 Liters )
  • 4 Lbs 5 oz (1.9kg)

 

 

   

 

Conquer the boardroom or the cycle path with the Jason. This midsize bag comes with full grain, 8 oz leather and features two spacious main compartments and an easily accessible front pocket. Timeless in form, function, and appearance. 

  • Full grain leather briefcase
  • 1050D Ballistic nylon backpack
  • Two equal sized main compartments
  • Large front pocket
  • 12" x 16" x 6" (30.5 x 40.6 x 15.2cm)
  • 0.64 Cubic Feet (18 Liters)
  • 4 Lbs 14 oz (2.21kg)

 

 

 

 

  

 

Our premier creation. Featuring a stylish flip-top closure and heavy duty gold zippers & hardware. It’s a 23-liter leviathan leather bag that will cover your every need on the trail or at work. It was built to comfortably carry two 3” binders, a laptop, tablet, and all of the accessories needed by the road warrior. Fully featured with:

  • Full grain leather briefcase
  • 1050D ballistic nylon backpack
  • Two large compartments 
  • 1 trifecta pocket
  • Veltex® lined interior for modular pocket placement
  • 13.25" x 17.5" x 5" (33.7 x 44.5 x 12.7cm)
  • 23 Liters (0.81 Cubic Feet)
  • 6 Lbs 9 oz (2.98 kg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Our cases are not inexpensive. Why?

It's really quite simple. We want you have the longest lasting bag out there so we've selected the best materials. The leather is 100% cow hide that is 8 oz minimum in thickness (1/8"). Balistic nylon is 1050D rip-stop that will never tear. Zippers are full metal alloy in briefcase mode that will last and last. Put it all together with high tensile thread and throw in the pocket system, and you have an extremely high quality system built to stay by your side for many years to come.

 

 

Whether you back our project or not, we want you to know that leather is not all created equal—here’s how it works and what you need to know...

Leather can come from any animal and simply means that the hide has gone through a special process.  Many times, leather is the advertising buzz word we all want to hear but no more details are offered. For example, you could be buying pig, goat, or sheep leather and not know it. You often see polyurethane advertised as leather! 

After the tanning process, nearly all leather is milled down to “refine” it. The refining process offers many grades, quality tiers, and scrap so not all leather is equal! The scraps & inferior pieces are further processed for additional leather products—in concept, like wood chips that turn to particle board.

Your LeTrav® case will be hand-crafted with the absolute finest and most durable cowhide leathers available, combined with the highest quality zippers and connectors.  

Below are some enlarged photos of the premium quality you can expect from your very own LeTrav® bag.

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

Q: What is InrVert?  

A: InrVert is a registered patent owned by LeTrav that makes the magic of having 2 super premium bags in one and allows full access to all contents in either mode. You never have to move anything either… pretty sweet!  

Q: Why are the bags so expensive?  

A: It’s simply the materials and method. LeTrav® materials are the highest quality we can find for their application which only a LeTrav® brand bag deserves—that’s the most expensive part. The 2nd part is putting it all together. You have two parts that become one which takes longer and is more complex than normal bags. Sprinkle in some fun tech like the Veltex® pocket system and overall customizability of the bag in both modes and you’ve got something more expensive but totally cool, convenient, and fitting.        

Q: Do LeTrav bags fit within the TSA carry-on size restrictions?  

A: Yes, no problem.    

Q: How do you convert a bag from briefcase to backpack?  

A: Very simple! Zip, flip, zip.  

Q: Are LeTrav bags weatherproof?  

A: Yes, they are weatherproof. They do not work well as scuba diving BCDs, however. 

Q: How long is a LeTrav bag built to last?  

A: LeTrav is built to last longer than any other leather bag on the market. They are so new that we haven’t worn one out yet.  Probably less than 100 years.

Q: Will I have room for all my stuff in both backpack and briefcase modes?

A: Depends on how much stuff but the Jason easily holds a 17 inch laptop, all daily office accessories and an extra set of clothes. At 23 liters, the Ethan is a behemoth of a leather bag and can hold 2 laptops, 2 executive 3 ring binders, and pair of clothes, overnight accessories and toiletries.  

Q: What is your return policy?  

A: If you’re not satisfied with your bag you can return it unused with zero questions. Just pay the return shipping. If it’s been abused, things could get dicey.  

Q: Do you offer a warranty?  

A: We stand by all of our work and materials 100%. We will not allow our brands for what they represent, to fall short of our commitment to the best value and highest quality. This is our guarantee and is who we are. We wouldn’t cover the bag if the wearer was mauled by a bear or used our bag in place of a parachute.    

Q: Is Full-grain leather really the best?  

A: Depends on the application but for longevity, durability, and predictable wear, yes.  

Q: What is Ballistic Nylon?  

A: It is a rip-stop nylon fabric that is EXTREMELY strong for its class and weight. Due to the weave, it will not tear. You usually see this product on ocean liners, police duty belts, tool belts, and motorcycle jackets.      

Q: Will there be more accessories down the road?  

A: Yes! We have many accessories that are in the prototyping phase but haven’t yet been released because they’re not quite perfect. As they’re available, we’ll alert you! Backers will ALWAYS get a discount on the first things that come out.  

Q: Will my laptop fit in the Laptop pocket?  

A: Of course. Unless you’re carrying a 27 inch iMac. If you have a question on your specific laptop, please email us, we really want to help.  

Q: Is it bulletproof?  

A: We'll say no, but now we want to test it!!!  

Q: Is it fireproof? 

A: No, do not throw it in a fire!  

Q: Does the TrackR system require a monthly fee/subscription?  

A: No  

Q: Can I buy more accessories later if my bag didn’t come with them?  

A: Yes! But you might not get a discount    

 

 

 

While we are working hard to bring to life our high-quality bags for the everyday worker, LeTrav® has a bigger vision of helping out in the local, national, and global scale. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to better themselves and the environment where they live. To help this dream move forward, we have been involved in, and continue to work towards providing clean water and latrine systems in Africa, donating to make education possible for those who would struggle otherwise, and supporting local charities to provide food and shelter to those in our neighborhood.  

Patents & Legal Stuff:

LeTrav® products are protected under the following patents:
US8820596, US9717322, & USD690502 with Other Patents Pending

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME PRODUCT & ACCESSORY IMAGES MAY BE SIMULATED AND THE FINAL PRODUCT WHICH YOU RECEIVE MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY IN COLOR, APPEARANCE, OR FEATURES FROM WHAT IS DEPICTED.  ANY FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES WILL BE COMMUNICATED IN THE UPDATES SECTION IF NECESSARY.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The key to success in any business is to recognize and manage risks and challenges before they arise. This is why we have gathered a team with varying dynamics with long, successful, track records. With our brands, integrity, and most importantly, our customer’s trust at stake, risks must be actively managed with multiple contingency plans if needed. In order to best serve you and to protect what we’ve worked for, we manage these challenges in 7 broad categories:

• Internal – Do we have ability to perform the work and deliver on our promises? Yes!

• Product – Will the product live up to your expectations? Yes!

• Supply Chain – Can we source the materials & labor necessary to produce our products? Yes!

• Marketplace – Does our product solve a real problem? Yes!

• Litigation – Do we have all the legal elements in place to keep us from getting sued, and to protect our intellectual property? Yes!

• Force Majeure – Can we appropriately handle events or circumstances beyond our control, and respond quickly? Yes!

As you might imagine, each of these categories have their own unique challenges and have many angles of risk that our team has spent hours discussing and forecasting in potential hurdles.

All potential risks drive evading and preventative actions that we’re constantly closing out—we love being out in front of it all for you! Whether working in a Fortune 25 corporation, newly public company, or small mom and pop business, our experience shows that every project has up to 25% unforeseen challenges so we can’t afford to not be ready in all aspects for you. We have planned, prepared, tested, tried, and proved our solutions, and continue to manage these risks on a consistent basis.

We know that in backing our Kickstarter campaign, you are taking a risk on us, and we are grateful to you for putting your trust in us. We don’t take that responsibility lightly, and want to assure you that we are 100% dedicated to the success of our product, and we are determined to uphold our commitment to you and this brand we’ve worked so hard to create.

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