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You know who thinks I look hot when I wear this bag? Everyone, that’s who. From the young hipster laydeez to the local barrio ne’erdowells, everyone takes a glance at me when I sashay down the filthy pet dogs struck covered streets of my filthy Barcelona neighborhood. “Who is that man?” their eyes seems to ask. “And why’s he wearing that short-strapped red leather bag with those pink shorts?” their eyes continue, before rolling for a little while in exactly what I such as to think is ecstasy, but which is most likely just exasperation.
The bag, however, is worth the attention, and it probably also worth even more than its contents. At EUR180 ($240) it’s not inexpensive. However then, it’s quite lovely.
What It Is
This bag is the Stitchless Bag from CleanEverything, and is “crafted from two pieces of vegetable tanned leather with no stitches.” That’s right. The body of the bag is intelligently folded from one piece of leather and held together by threading the sides up with a row of slots.
This makes for a clean appearance, and it likewise indicates that you’ve no seams to bulge or break.
The strap is separate (I think that otherwise you ‘d have to cut around the girth of the cow to get the skin in one piece) and hung on by the very same metal studs that keep the tops of the folded bag from flapping complimentary.
The bag is light-ish (specifically 500 grams on my kitchen scale, or simply over a pound) and cut from top-notch leather. It’s the sort of leather which improves with age– I’ve already put a few scratches on the front flap and they look quite cool, fading into the grain of the red-dyed surface area.
It’s also sized completely for a full-sized iPad, together with a couple of other bits and pieces. It’s a slim bag so you won’t fit in, say, a Micro 4 Thirds electronic camera, however a compact will move in as easily as your iPhone. It’s also very protect on the shoulder, specifically if worn throughout the chest where the slight swivel permitted by the metal studs makes it sit well.
The strap is pretty short compared with all the military surplus bags I make use of, leaving the vertical center of the bag just about level with my waistband when slung over the opposite shoulder, bandolier-style. It’s much better if just used hanging from a shoulder, however if you carry a bag like that in pickpocket-infested Barcelona you are an idiot.
The lack of pockets could put some individuals off, too, especially if you want to bring a bunch of secrets together with a Smart Cover-equipped iPad. You’ll have to either make plans for much better security of your iDevices or just endure the scratches.
Finally, the front flap does simply that: flap. It’s not composed place by anything, so in concept someone could reach inside silently. On the other hand, it does reach the complete length of the bag, and can be left open if you want quick and simple access to the contents.
The Stitchless Bag, then, is a fashion bag that’s made to fit an iPad. This is reflected in both the price (which has in fact dropped quite a lot considering that I last blogged about it) and the lack of technical information.
For this reason it probably will not be your everyday bag. It’s even more of a bag for unique celebrations. Then once again, if your requirements are easy (i.e. You don’t need lots of pockets and you’ve some method to keep your secrets safe) then this bag can soften up to be a day-to-day vehicle driver. It ‘d definitely challenging and roomy enough, and the strap is comfy enough for extended carrying.
My verdict then is that, if you are willing to pay $240 for a cool-looking however minimal bag, then you won’t be disappointed by its quality. It must last you an excellent long time, and improve and much better as it ages.