Why you need this Suitcase.
Respect: Your respect level at airports and hotels will shoot straight to the ceiling. You'll get as many compliments with this leather suitcase sitting next to your sofa as you'll get at the airport. We've used these suitcases on at least 17 trips to Africa and always get complimented by gate agents, porters and every hotel front desk staff member that sees them.
Health: It's good for you to carry suitcases rather than roll them. A lifetime of doing it will add years to your physical ability when you're old. It's very common for people to daily wear leg weights or carry weights in their bags or to take the stairs to grow and maintain their strength. So, carry your suitcase, include one more salad a week and drink water a couple of times more each day and watch what happens. May I suggest you stop going to the gym and start mowing your own lawn? How many fat out of shape lawn maintenance workers do you know?
The suitcase was purposefully designed without wheels for 2 reasons.
Aesthetics: Wheels look bad with this old classic leather suitcase style (Imagine a $15,000 suit with roller skates). This is functional art, so you can put it next to your desk or sofa when not traveling.
Longevity: Wheels on suitcases break or get flat spots on them and then make that embarrassing tapping sound when they're rolling. And then when that happens, the suitcase is finished.
One time, we were taking a two month trip around the world, filming a documentary on the making of our canvas line, Mountainback. We had my wife and I, our two little kids and our filmmaker, Joe. There were eight full 50 lb. Leather Suitcases and Beast Duffle Bags packed for cold weather (Scotland and Australia and New Zealand) and hot weather (Kenya and Rwanda). We also had 2 large carry-ons per person. I'm sure you can imagine the size of the vehicle we needed to rent in order to fit all of our things. Well, when we got to Australia, low and behold, they only had tiny little vehicles to rent. This would have stressed out any traveler with lesser luggage, but not us. I took the two removable belts off of our suitcases and strapped most of the luggage to the cute little roof rack.
The suitcase is not lightweight, but it's not too heavy either. It is the right balance to make it difficult to actually fit 50 lbs. (23 kgs) into it. The interior is just one simple wide open space with two interior straps to hold clothes in place like they used to make them.
On the first major trip with my first suitcase, I carried it and my leather briefcase throughout Eastern Europe and North Africa for about 6 weeks. And about 3 weeks into it, the suitcase handle broke. The complexity added and energy exerted because of that made me swear that would never happen to anyone who carried one of my suitcases. The handle is now bolted onto the from and hand-sewn with boot-cord to the body
There are no breakable parts like zippers, snaps, buttons, etc. Using those is like putting a cardboard hatch on a billion-dollar submarine. Once the hatch breaks, the submarine is worthless. Instead of metal hinges, I designed them with a double layer of full grain leather along the back. And the body is mostly handsewn with heavy-duty waxed boot cord for added strength.
This leather suitcase was built completely with full-grain leather. Here's why that's so important. The leather's grain is on the top of the hide and is the most durable part. The grain helps it to age handsomely and stay water resistant (cows are waterproof, right?) All leather has grain... to start.
Most companies try to make their suitcases, duffle bags and other leather luggage for the lowest price possible, so they buy low quality heavily scarred up leather, shave off the scars and blemishes (along with all of the grain) and make a suitcase and now can use every inch of the hide. If they shave off some of the grain, that's top grain leather. If they shave all of it off or split the hide in half, then that's called genuine or split leather. We WANT as much grain on our suitcases and other baggage as we can get. We want it all. Therefore, we have to select three hides with almost no imperfections to make each leather suitcase. And then, completely unnecessarily, I lined the suitcase interior with tough durable pigskin.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
27" x 19" x 9"
Weight: 17 lbs (Check the weights of like-sized Tumi or Hartmann suitcases and you'll see that is about average.)