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This convertible bag lets you instantly switch styles by dropping a shoulder strap or putting another on... without taking the bag off
This convertible bag lets you instantly switch styles by dropping a shoulder strap or putting another on... without taking the bag off
543 backers pledged $85,540 to help bring this project to life.

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Meridian: Instantly Convert From Backpack to Messenger Bag

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Meridian is a convenient, quality satchel that combines your favorite everyday carry styles into one transitional piece. This bagpack provides utility — saving you time and helping you get what you need when you need it. It provides comfort — you can load weight equally on both shoulders or keep your back cool on hot days. It gives you style — whether you're at hanging out around town, in the boardroom or flying through TSA, Meridian keeps you functional and fashionable. 

Are you a working professional who is searching for the perfect messenger bag that functions appropriately for work, keeps you prepared for any after-work activity, makes any airport protocol almost effortless, and eliminates the stress of carrying personal belongings on a daily commute? 

Whether you’re in the office or onto your next adventure, your Meridian bagpack is the perfect solution.

Using a system of rings, the transition process creates one strap or two, as needed, and lets you keep the bag on while you transition between styles — so your gear is secure and safely attached to you at all times.

This bag is perfect for commuting, cycling, urban transit or airplane travel.

Wearing two straps will prevent a harsh shoulder pull, which makes it better for your back and shoulders, and it is doctor recommended.

The weight is also auto-balanced between both shoulders to create a floating effect, which prevents “jerking” from left to right when running or walking.



Wearing one strap lets you access all of your belongings easily and quickly, and the messenger style offers a more professional look. You can wear this on one shoulder, or even as a crossbody bag.

The simple, professional one-shoulder style is always ready when you are.


Quickly grab-and-go with this symbol of corporate success. Hold both handles for a classic, professional look.

For some working professionals, a briefcase is utilized five days a week and always on-hand when meeting people for the first time. 

The main compartment includes four internal organizing pockets, a neoprene sleeve for electronics or notebooks, and a zippered privacy pocket. Meridian bagpacks have the perfect number of chambers to keep tablets, notebooks and other belongings organized and safe.

      The bag is equipped with a dedicated zippered TSA laptop compartment that fits most 15-inch laptops. It is padded and carry-on ready.


Available in three different materials, the Meridian bagpack is equipped with gunmetal coated metal clips and rings, and YKK zippers.  Non-slip shoulder pads allow for comfortable transitions.  The bag is very lightweight to keep strain off of the shoulders and back.




After a serious shoulder injury, any over-the-shoulder type of bag was out of the question. My business started with the goal of converting people from lugging what they carry to loving how they carry. 

After my injury, we transitioned our focus to finding solutions to prevent neck, back and shoulder pain. As a lover for convenience and messenger bags, I came up with the hybrid one-strap design. From my garage in Monrovia, CA, my team and I made dozens of prototypes. Our efforts, research, and grassroots development led us to where we are today.

From injury, to idea, to patent, and finally to refined product, we have taken all the steps to create a product people need. We’re proud to introduce a design that is fit for the journey and the destination. Hillside Industries is happy to launch the Meridian bagpack as the stylish, functional solution to make carrying personal belongings easier than ever. Our one-of-a-kind system gives you endless comfort, access and convenient options.

Kickstarter is a platform that helps creators make their idea a reality. We realized the market was in need of a convenient, quality satchel that combines people’s favorite everyday carry styles into one transitional piece. People were searching for the perfect messenger bag that functions appropriately for work, keeps them prepared for any after-work activity, makes any airport protocol almost effortless, and eliminates the stress of carrying personal belongings on a daily commute.
 

We’re ecstatic to introduce Meridian as the solution. This is just the beginning for us, and we can’t wait to bring you a product that we’re so incredibly passionate about.

We can’t thank you enough for checking out our project and helping us make Meridian a reality. 

We know not everyone will be able to support us with a pledge, so even if you can’t give a dollar or purchase Meridian, if you’re a supporter of our product, you can help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and anywhere else you can think of! 

Risks and challenges

There are always certain risks that can arise at any moment during a project like this. That being said, we’re confident in our ability to produce, and have taken all the necessary measures. We have a highly qualified team and have partnered with leading manufacturing and fulfillment companies around the world. We just need your help to bring everything to fruition. Don’t worry, we’re completely prepared to bring Meridian to you, and we have the manpower to make it happen, but if anything comes up along the way, you’ll be the first to know.

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    THANK YOU

    A big thank you! You love what we stand for, as well as the functionality of the Meridian bagpack. However, you can't pledge for a bag right now. We appreciate your support and will keep you in the loop on all things Meridian!

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD MERIDIAN IN NYLON

    If you’re one of our first backers, you’ll receive one (1) Meridian bagpack for 43% off the retail price! This reward features Meridian in graphite poly-coated nylon material, which is perfect for those who need for a durable, functional, reliable tote for any occasion.

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    FLASH SALE MERIDIAN IN NYLON

    For a limited time, you’ll receive one (1) Meridian bagpack for 43% off the retail price! This reward features Meridian in graphite poly-coated nylon material, which is perfect for those who need for a durable, functional, reliable tote for any occasion.

    Retail: $175

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    EARLY BIRD MERIDIAN IN NYLON

    If you’re one of our first backers, you’ll receive one (1) Meridian bagpack for more than 37% off the retail price! This reward features Meridian in graphite poly-coated nylon material, which is perfect for those who need for a durable, functional, reliable tote for any occasion.

    Retail: $175

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD MERIDIAN IN LEATHER

    If you’re one of our first backers, you’ll receive one (1) Meridian bagpack for more than 38% off the retail price! This reward features Meridian in brown full-grain leather or black full-grain leather. Choose the color of your choice via survey after the campaign ends.

    Retail: $275

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    Pledge $170 or more About $170

    FLASH SALE MERIDIAN IN LEATHER

    For a limited time, you’ll receive one (1) Meridian bagpack for more than 38% off the retail price! This reward features Meridian in brown full-grain leather or black full-grain leather. Choose the color of your choice via survey after the campaign ends.

    Retail: $275

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    Pledge $179 or more About $179

    EARLY BIRD MERIDIAN IN LEATHER

    If you’re one of our first backers, you’ll receive one (1) Meridian bagpack for almost 35% off the retail price! This reward features Meridian in brown full-grain leather or black full-grain leather. Choose the color of your choice via survey after the campaign ends.

    Retail: $275

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    Pledge $209 or more About $209

    MERIDIAN IN LEATHER

    Back this reward and receive one (1) Meridian bagpack for 24% off the future retail price. This reward features Meridian in brown full-grain leather or black full-grain leather. Choose your leather color via survey after the campaign ends.

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    MERIDIAN BAGPACK x4

    Back this reward and receive two (2) Meridian bagpack’s in graphite poly-coated nylon material and two (2) Meridian bagpack’s in a leather of your choice for more than 25% off the total future retail price. Choose your leather color via survey after the campaign ends.

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