Flight Bag Briefcase
This leather laptop bag is over-engineered with no breakable parts like zippers, snaps, buttons, etc. and is reinforced at all stress points with rivets and hidden polyester strapping. It’s built with the largest pieces of leather possible so there are fewer seams, and we sew at only 5 stitches per inch so there’s more leather between the needle holes and fewer holes to start a tear.
Our leather is the strongest we can find (full-grain boot leather, but thicker) and the pigskin lining is stronger than the cow leather. The thread is unbelievably strong industrial marine grade UV resistant polyester thread and our custom hardware is the amazing 316 Stainless Steel (please please google it). It’s the metal of choice when your life depends on it.
This mid-1800’s English style Gladstone Bag closure is just plain cool. It opens wide and stays open until you say otherwise. Pilots love this feature to put next to their seat. For closure, I chose a single leather strap with holes punched all the way out to the very tip, just in case your bag is way overstuffed or you want to stick your umbrella or blueprints under the strap horizontally or leave the laptop bag open to stick your stuff out vertically. The front pockets are built and then sewn on, so there are hidden pockets behind the pockets. This is a more expensive way to design because it requires more leather, but it's also way more useful.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
15" x 11" x 5"
Weight: 6 lbs
A Before Bed Story for the Kids about Terrorists
The last small plane we were on was from Nairobi to Lamu. From there we took a 2 hour small boat ride to an island off the Northern Coast of Kenya, next to Somalia where a Kenyan friend of ours told us was a really super cool place for holiday. We didn’t know about all of the Al-Shabaab terrorist activity and kidnappings in the area or we probably wouldn’t have chosen it for our family vacation, but ignorance is bliss? The last night there was a little freaky. Okay, a lot freaky hanging out and discussing theology with the witchcraft practicing angel prophet of Islam, but that’s for another place and time (or bag description).
So we finally get to our destination called Mike’s Camp, run and owned by a British Kenyan named Mike. A charming chap who had made a barefoot luxury Gilligan’s Island resort built almost entirely from woven reeds. The walls and floors were 100% woven and the ceilings were thatched. All of it was supported by branches and sticks.
It was SUPER COOL. Unbelievable. And that’s why billionaires fly in to stay there all the time. Since we’re not billionaires, we flew into Lamu and then took the little skiff to the island, but there are people who fly in at low tide, land on the beach and walk up the sand dunes to the camp. It’s where you completely unplug. No laptop bags allowed. To read about the Angel prophet of Islam and our walk through the terrorists, go to the Slim Leather Briefcase page.
Anyways, each of those small plane bush pilots that land on the beach or take people to Lamu, have a smaller flight bag briefcase next to their seat. It’s just what you do when you need all of your things in one small cramped place.