Zippers are seemingly unimportant to the common observer, however, their utility cannot be understated when they’re present in nearly every object we use on a regular basis (like the zipper’s interesting founding story). The use of a backpack becomes obsolete if nothing can be contained and while some backpacks are even designed around the style […]Read more "Complete Guide to Everything Zippers"
Unlike other natural or synthetic materials, leather making and leather care is an ongoing process that requires attention to detail and care. Real leather, unlike vegan leather, is made to last years, especially if a leather bag or item is regularly taken care of. This article breaks down leather bag care tools and how to care and maintain the quality of a leather bag.Read more "How to Care For Your Leather Bag"
When purchasing any leather good, whether it’s as bag, furniture, or the inside of a new car, the quality and durability can change based on several factors that we’ve looked into, like the different parts of the hide (butt, bend, shoulder, and head), or the tanning process in leather making.Read more "Why is Full Grain Leather Considered the Best of the Five Types of Leather?"
The quality of leather depends largely on which part of the hide it’s cut from, the tanning methods used, and the type of hide that the leather is created from. In order to understand how leather quality is classified into its five types of leather, it’s also important to understand…Read more "The Grades of Leather and What They Mean"
Tanning leather is an important part of the leather making process as it prevents the hide from rotting and determines the durability and final form of…Read more "Vegetable Tanned Leather or Chrome Tanned Leather?"
What is it about leather that makes it so desirable and frequently used? Archaeologists studying the historical trends of leather have come across its use case in every type of ancient civilization, making it significant both as a way of understanding how our ancestors used tools, as well as its role in shaping cultures at the time (like civilizations that used animals as sacrificial tributes).Read more "How is Leather Made and What are Common Leather Types?"
Back in the 1980s, vegetarianism started to gain mass cultural popularity as a newer, more ‘conscious’ lifestyle. Although the growth of that trend has slowed in the subsequent decades, the past few years has led to a new wave of animal rights advocates, refusing to eat or consume any type of animal products, now more […]Read more "What is Vegan Leather and why do bag designers use it?"
The story of how the zipper came to be and its rise to the top where it’s used in almost every industry today is a surprisingly complicated one.Read more "When Was the Zipper Invented?"
When deciding on a new bag, one of the first things to consider is what type of material or fabric you’d like it to be made out of. As a Nike bag designer once said, “when I design anything, my first instinct is to think about the materials and the properties of these materials.”Read more "9 Types of Materials that Bags are Made Of"
I asked Kevin if your bag had a superpower, what would it be? So at the time, a lot of the internal conversations at Nike were around the idea of portraying athletes as superheroes. Today, kids look up to athletes because they’re the ones achieving superhuman things. We needed to create a bag that would empower KD and athletes…Read more "How a Nike Bag Designer Collaborates with Athletes"