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Interview: Davis Smith of Cotopaxi
The desire to see the world, step outside one's own boundaries and see how others live is human nature. Davis Smith, founder and CEO of socially conscious outdoor company Cotopaxi, spent much of his childhood outside his native US in developing countries...
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Trapper Wool Scout Pack
A collaboration between two strong American brands—Faribault Woolen Mill and Duluth Pack—the Trapper Wool Scout Pack is both handsome and handmade. Lined with sturdy cotton canvas with adjustable leather straps, the timeless bag is built to last for...
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Tack Sling
Made in NYC of water-repellent, DWR-treated 14.5oz duck cotton canvas, SSCY's slender Tack Sling is designed to adapt to urban living. The convertible bag features two separate compartments and can be worn as a backpack or as a tote that opens up...
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Boost Solar Backpack
BirkSun's Boost Solar Backpack doesn't just carry your devices in a sharp little package, it keeps them powered up with the help of a sleek solar panel on the back. The interior features a fleece-lined laptop sleeve and small, discreet dock to plug...
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Runwell Backpack
Packs Project is known for its ethically-produced bags, all of which are made with sustainable materials in a socially responsible environment where all craftsmen are paid a fair wage. The Runwell Backpack uses jute-canvas, a soft yet tough plant fiber...
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The Patchwork Backpack by Sketchbook
Sketchbook Crafts' range of backpacks, totes and wallets are all handmade with care by Amber Jensen and the materials used are sourced locally or American-made when possible—and while all the homegrown qualities are appealing, they don't overshadow...
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Makers Mondays: On The Road
For Detroit-based manufacturer Shinola's Makers Monday initiative—which encourages purchasing American-made products to help create and keep jobs in the United States—Cool Hunting is highlighting and looking back on our favorite brands that make...
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Rugged Accessories and Bags by Mercy Supply
The old adage "They don't make them like they used to" insinuates that modern products don't stand up to the test of time like those of yesteryear. While this might be true for many manufactured items of the day, Michigan's Mercy Supply is the opposite...
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Winter Session's Two-Tone Day Pack
In late 2013 we were introduced to Denver's Winter Session, makers of rugged waxed canvas bags and assorted leather goods. The clean aesthetic is immediately attractive to a range of tastes, and is most appealing about the young brand. Sleek lines...
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State of Folly Three-Way Bag
Carrying a clutch looks great, but once you need to use both your hands—whether for holding snacks, riding a bike or throwing shapes on the dance floor—the accessory can be a hinderance. Enter the State of Folly three-way bag, which transforms...
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Côte&Ciel's Isar Rucksack
Once thought to be suitable just for kids and hikers, the backpack is now a respectable option for travel or everyday use—that is, if you've got the right one. Go too technical and you'll end looking like an ill-equipped mountaineer; too bright...
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r180° Panorama Camera Backpack
Great design solves problems. For wandering photographers—whether hiking in the mountains or exploring a new city on foot—the on-again-off-again issue of accessing camera gear from backpacks always lingers. California-based Mindshift Gear caught...
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Aimé Leon Dore + Frank Clegg Travel Pack
July has been a solid month for NYC-based menswear label Aimé Leon Dore. Early on, the brand released their sophomore collection to great admiration, and just this past week they followed up with a two-part collaboration bag collection with American...
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Purpose-Built Bags From Bravo Co.
It seems a bag company crops almost weekly, and though each label might bring something new to the table, highly considered design elements tailored for specific uses are rare. For the greater skate community, function and value weigh equally, which...
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STM's Drifter Laptop Backpack
Unsatisfied with the limited options for laptop bags, Ethan Nyholm ended up wrapping his computer in bubble wrap and tucking it into a sports backpack for his daily commute through the scenic Bondi area of Sydney, Australia. Later, he co-founded...
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YKRA Backpacks
by Anya Lawrence With Central Europe's creative scene rapidly evolving, Budapest-based backpack maker YKRA is one of the most exciting emerging Hungarian brands out there. Set up by creative all-rounder Balázs Lakatos in 2012, the brand's colorful...
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Five Beach Day Essentials
The beauty of the beach is that you don't need much to have great time. Simply relaxing on the sand near a body of water is often pleasure enough. Still, a few well-chosen items will make your time in the sun more fun and comfortable. From keeping...
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Share Outdoor Equipment with GearCommons
GearCommons is a simple—nonetheless long-overdue—concept for outdoor enthusiasts: a peer-to-peer network in which people who own gear can connect with people who need it, and can circulate their specialized and oftentimes expensive equipment for...
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A Permanent Vacation + Valentich Backpacks
Launched this week, the e-commerce site A Permanent Vacation introduced their debut product—a sleek, backpack collaboration with Valentich Bags (now going by the name Campfire) of Ridgeway, Colorado. Made by hand in the States, the rectangular canvas...
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Freitag R521 Coolidge
Durability, function, style and sustainability are not mutually exclusive as Zurich-based bag-maker Freitag continues to prove. The brand's latest offering, the R521 Coolidge, is a continuation of that tradition; this rugged commuting and travel...
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Nanamica Cycling Pack
When it comes to backpacks, often basic is best. And, in the case of the Nanamica Cycling Pack, neither bells nor whistles were needed to enhance the bag's intelligently refined form. While the pack greatly resembles an earlier iteration introduced...
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Winter Session
Deep in the heart of Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood, a group of five artisans and designers are reviving the Western tradition of leather-crafted, rugged goods with Winter Session. Once dubbed the "Harlem of the west," over the years...
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Icon Rucksack
A kind of technical catch-all, Evernote allows users of its app to organize and save everything from an audio to-do list to bookmarks for an ongoing research project. Now fans of the ever-useful app can show their devotion with Evernote's new rucksack...
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D'emploi Roll-Top Backpack
When companies sell on the "handmade" platform, few customers imagine the mindless assembly line that is quite often the reality. However, Brooklyn's one-man workshop d'emploi is the real deal. Designer and craftsman Kyle Mosholder makes each piece...
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