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Ignoble
Minimalist black backpacks designed and made in LA
by Josh Rubin
on 27 January 2012
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Solid construction, clean lines and a no-frills approach to design drive LA-based bag brand, Ignoble. Centered on the assertion that the black backpack represents the true "essential carryall for the modern man," Ignoble makes their own with a focus on thoughtful design, style and personality. The current collection comprises five distinct versions, ranging from an oversized canister pack to a center-zip cocoon silhouette.

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We got our hands on the Lenore Capsule Backpack, a multipurpose top-loader built for everyday use. The mid-back handle allows the wearer to carry it on the back or in hand as a duffel. Inside the large, double-zippered main compartment you'll find ample room for your gear, but no interior pockets or bells and whistles. The minimalist interior allows the bag to compress easily, making it nicely packable for travel.

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The Cora Classic Rucksack caught our eye as well for its mountaineering look. The most technical bag in terms of pockets and compartments, the Cora features ultra-durable 400D high density nylon and a draw-cord opening with an adjustable hood.

Ignoble manufacturers their bags in America, explaining on their website that the line is "hand-assembled in small runs by a military-grade production facility." The collection is available online through Ignoble, with prices ranging from $165-$400. The Lenore and Cora Classic sell for $250 and $165, respectively.

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