Hand-Stitched Craftsman Leather Backpack

$750.00 AUD

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Craftsman Backpack

Handmade in Melbourne, Australia.



noun: a worker skilled in a particular craft.


The pièce de résistance of the Collywobbles range. The craftsman was built by a craftsman for people that place an importance on a backpack that is built to last, going against the grain of fast fashion & instead opting for a lifetime piece.


The Craftsman starts with the Materials; because regardless of how good you construct the bag if you start with inferior materials the product will be inferior. We start with Full-Grain Vegetable Tanned Leather. Full grain is the best leather you can get as it has all of its layers of skin intact, unlike most leather that has a sanded, fake grain surface. The leather is tanned in a chemical free "Tree-Bark Bath" which is the oldest method of curing hides, this is known as Vegetable Tanned Leather. This kind of leather is the highest grade of leather and of the absolute best quality, it absorbs the world's elements over time such as Sun, Rain, Dirt or the natural oils that your body produces which darkens the leather creating a beautiful patina over time.


Next is Consturction, all of the products we make are stitched by hand using the age-old method called "Saddle Stitching". When you use a sewing machine, that line of stitching requires two separate threads that lock around each other in what is known as a "locking stitch". Whereas, a Saddle-Stitched line uses a single thread with needles on either end. If a thread were to snap on a backpack, stitched with a sewing machine, the entire line of thread could unravel allowing the two pieces of leather to separate. However, in a hand-stitched piece, the thread will not unravel and the leather pieces will not separate from each other. While hand-stitching can take twenty times longer, we believe in order for something to be classic it needs to have attention to detail.


Lastly & most importantly Function and design. The craftsman was designed to carry a very generous load in the main compartment and includes two large side pockets & a computer sleeve on the front. The body is constructed from 1mm leather which keeps the backpack light and flexible, the sides are "wet lasted" inwards meaning it will hold its shape in order to naturally close the body when buckled. It also includes a back pocket & keyholder. Packed with features, this backpack is built to last, which is why we believe the versatility of the craftsman will be all that you ever require. 


    • Width: 28cm
    • Height: 41cm
    • Depth: 19cm
    • Weight: 950 grams
    • Internal key holder 
    • Internal back pocket  L x W: 15cm x 21cm
    • Male Model Pictured is 6"4 
    • Female Model Pictured is 5"6

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