Simple Leather Backpack
This leather backpack was designed to last so long and age so nicely that they'll fight over it when you're dead. It may be the longest lasting and strongest Leather Backpack in the world. That was our intention.
The Simple Leather Backpack has no breakable parts like snaps, zippers, buttons or any other thing that could break. They can only wear out. And each area of the backpack that could get stress, has either hidden Polyester strips are sewn in or has a rivet pressed through. This leather backpack is built with only two large solid pieces of leather to have as few seams as possible since seams are where all backpacks start falling apart. And then we only sew 5 stitches in each inch of the seam so as to have as few holes as possible. We get joy from making super durable leather backpacks. Check out why we get joy out of our factory, Old Mexico Manufacturing.
We make our leather backpacks out of thick full-grain leather, which is the toughest and most water-resistant grade there is. The cheaper leather backpacks on the market don't use full-grain, but rather top grain, genuine or bonded leather. Let me quickly explain. Leather is like a roof and the grain of a hide is like the shingles on a roof. The grain is about the top 1/4 of the hide. If you take the shingles off, then you'd just be left with plywood and tar paper and it would get holes sooner than later. To save money, most companies shave off the top of the hide (watch how they shave it here at minute 6:30), the part that has all of the grain in it, to get rid of the icky scars and blemishes. That way they don't have to cut around them, like we do, and throw them in the trash. They can use almost every inch of leather. We throw about 25% of the hide in the trash. They neuter the hide. It's terrible. If they leave a little bit of the grain, it's called Top Grain Leather. If they remove it all, then it's called Genuine or Split Leather.
So we use the really strong leather and then back it with a pigskin lining. The pigskin is actually tougher than the cowskin. We then sew our leather backpacks with only a very thick industrial marine-grade Polyester thread (Check out our thread explanation here) that doesn't deteriorate when the UV rays of the sun hit it like backpacks sewn with Nylon thread do. Perhaps one of our best features we have is our custom 316 Stainless Steel hardware. It can hold up to a 750 lb bag of cats before it breaks. If your life ever has to depend on a kind of hardware not failing, be sure it's 316 Stainless Steel. Honestly, there's no other leather backpack like this one.
This Simple Leather Backpack has two simple exterior pockets with a hidden pocket behind them for quick access or for carrying longer things. Inside, there’s a single floppy pigskin laptop pocket designed to fit a 15” MacBook Pro. And the main strap even has a hole at the very tip, for when it's way overstuffed. The shoulder straps are minimal, comfortable and adjustable.
Fits all 15" Laptops
Fits under airplane seats.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
12" x 15" x 7"
Weight: 4.5 lbs
A Nice After Sunday Lunch Leather Backpack Story
The second time I killed my dog was on December, 15th 2002 at 2 a.m. I had just come up out of Mexico with my first 8 leather backpack briefcases and was carrying them back to Oregon when I did it. I had decided to go through Wyoming this time since I wanted to see what it looked like in the wintertime. With it being 8 degrees in the ice storm, it looked like what I imagine Hell would look like if I ever started liking onions. It was frozen over. In fact, it was so cool that they closed that stretch of highway shortly after I started on it. And who knew how many days I would have been stuck in Rawlins with weather like that if I hadn’t risked it.
So, on I went down the road with my backpack briefcases in the back of my Iron Pig, which I thought meant the ice would respect me like the mud and sand always did. My 1971 FJ55 Four Wheel Drive Toyota Land Cruiser even had 33” mud terrain tires (sadly not studded ice tires) on it. I thought I was invincible until I found myself cruising down the highway... sideways.
When we finally stopped rolling in the median, I pushed the leather backpacks and toolbox and dog food aside and found Blue laying there lifeless. I grabbed him up in my arms and his head just hung limp with no signs of life. I desperately yelled out a few desperate and pleading words to God and immediately Blue came back. Maybe he wasn’t dead and maybe it just seemed like he wasn’t breathing, but either way, he was alive and he was with me.
After the tow truck pulled my Land Cruiser back over, we drove about 75 more miles to a motel where Blue and I licked our wounds and went to sleep. I didn’t have any seat belts in the Land Cruiser and Blue had gotten the toolbox full force. The next day we drove almost all the rest of the way home to Portland. And it was cool because the rig strangely looked better than it did the day before.
Those Land Cruisers are over-engineered to last. You can bend ‘em, but you can’t break ‘em. Nothing fancy. Just designed to get you there and get you back. That’s it. The scratches and the scrapes only added character and made people wonder what the story was. I pretty much used that same thinking to design this Simple Backpack. It’s the kind of leather backpack that can take you around the world and get back looking better than it did before you left.