So just why have I been using goat leather for my laptop bags and duffels instead of the more widely used cow hide. I am not claiming to be ground breaking here but, back in 2002 when I first started producing these bags people were often baffled by my choice of leather. Goat was not readily available or well known. At least not me and I was, still am, a bag freak.
I like to travel and walk a lot. I like to move around fast both in an Urban environment like NYC or in a little village somewhere in the back of beyond. Back in Asia during my first travel adventures, I remember looking at backpackers that resembled and moved like turtles and thinking "Nope that ain't happening to me". Or in India where disgruntled westerners in bus with chickens (yes when you are backpacking you have more time than money so you opt for the el cheapo option which often involves all sorts of transportable, often edible creatures) would have to give their seat to their backpacks and stand.
I got good at packing light thus reducing the mass but I still had an issue with the weight of my bag. Yes, you can buy a light backpack but you can not look cool with one of those while moving about. And looking cool is where it is at even in flip-flops and shorts. A man has his limits. Thank you.
The same thing happened in the city where I walked miles with my life in a shoulder bag. You know a laptop, books, change of clothes, the usual stuff. I was not about to swap my grandpa leather bag inspired by an Italian design from the 70's for nothing in this world. I just needed a different solution. Actually two, one for the kind of travel you do by plane and one for the kind of travel you do on the subways.
The answer was goat leather. Goat skin is a lot more durable which is not something to be sneezed. You want your bag, especially one that changes with you and takes on the shape of your journey, to last and accompany you for a very very long time.
Goatskin is also softer and more supple because it naturally contains lanolin but above all it is much much lighter than cowhide without compromising in strength. We worked with goat since and never looked back.
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Along with the tighter clothes, I seem to be carrying more and more each day. My wallet is always filled with cards, cash and other other bits and bobs. My mobile phone is not the smallest piece of equipment either, and my keys are bulky and really irritating when storing in the pockets of some tight trousers. And do not get me started on the case for my glasses. There has to be a solution to carrying around all of this bulky gear, right? Even for us fellas?