With a family history of working with leather since the 1860s, Mitch Bank perhaps knows leather better than anyone. Having seen leather being produced, right from pre-tanning to its finishing stages at Wickett & Craig, I’m sort of compelled to take his word when he says that leather bags have, for the most part, existed on the more fashionable side of the spectrum than functional and comfortable. The quintessential leather bag hasn’t changed much in the past 100 years, although lifestyles have… and Mitch feels that needs to change. The Highlander is the bag he believes combines the premium touch of high-quality leather in a form factor of a bag that’s built for the future. All this without burning a hole in your pocket.
The Highlander is a backpack with the soul of a suitcase. Rather than following the single-strap duffle template that can often result in having a leather strap cut into your shoulder, the Highlander uses two padded straps to distribute the weight of the bag on your shoulders, allowing you to easily carry up to 4-days worth of clothes on your back without breaking a sweat. A full-perimeter zipper allows you to open the bag like you would a suitcase, or a book. Splitting the volume into two halves, the Highlander uses a rather unique compartment/sleeve system that’s perfect for storing anything from clothes to books to even your laptop. Garments remain sorted, organized, and un-crushed while all your belongings have their own designated spots, giving the Highlander the space of a small suitcase in the convenience of a backpack.
The Highlander comes with a solid, weatherproof exterior featuring Wickett & Craig’s superior leather as well as waxed canvas for a nice contrast. The bag’s proprietary leather is, in fact, so durable and waterproof that Mitch claims you can could practically live through a thunderstorm with it. On the inside, the bag comes made from a combination of nylon and polyurethane, with leather trims giving the Highlander its one-of-a-kind aesthetic. The bag’s straps are padded with felt, allowing you to carry it on your shoulders with relative ease, while quick-access pockets on the back mean you don’t need to dig around for your belongings like your passport, phone, or wallet while sprinting through the airport. Available in multiple colors, the Highlander takes on two common phenomena associated with leather bags. It one-ups those classy, but poorly designed duffles that are difficult to navigate around with, and puts expensive, branded leather bags with thousand-dollar price tags right in its cross-hairs. Plus, with more than a century and a half of working with leather, I’d expect the Highlander’s construction to be absolutely top-notch.
Designer: Mitch Bank
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The Highlander Backpack
The Highlander Backpack is a 2-4 day travel system, that was designed to go from land, to air, to sea, or wherever else your adventures (or simple errands) take you.
Travel Made Easy
The Highlander was designed by a regular guy who was tired of the usual pains that come with frequent travel. Their mission is simple: to make your life easier. Period. And they do that by creating the world’s best leather products.
The Story Behind the Leather Used in The Highlander Backpack
Founded in 1867, Wickett & Craig is a world premiere vegetable tannery. A labor-intensive method that requires skilled workers, veg-tanning is a natural, eco-friendly process that produces durable, exquisite leathers recognized for their depth of color and rich patina. Simply put our leathers not only endure, but get better with age.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, today Wickett & Craig calls Curwensville, Pennsylvania home, making it one of the only specialty vegetable tanneries in the U.S.A.
There are many out there that talk a big game about quality, but not many offer up a lifetime guarantee. But they are pretty darn confident that your Highlander Backpack will last a long, long time. Which is why they guarantee your Highlander for life.
100% Weatherproof Materials
Most leather bags are not designed to withstand a light drizzle, let alone a thunderstorm. With their proprietary weatherproof leather, their waxed cotton canvas, special treated felt straps, and cable stitching, they challenge you to take it on even your most treacherous adventures. Seriously.
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