Meet the First Class Series: Rugged reclaimed and military contractor sourced M35 24 oz vinyl/canvas truck tarps collide with $60.00 worth of imported solid steel and brass AustriAlpin Cobra quick release buckles used by Special Forces. Each buckle is capable of holding up to 2,000 lbs. Yeah, 4,000 lbs load-bearing should keep things First Class. Each bag is as rugged as the materials they’re made of and can take anything you can throw at it. With reclaimed bicycle innertube trim provided by bicycle shops across the country we’re also always trying to do our part to help the environment. 15” laptops time share easily with Barker Black shoes or whatever else you want to throw in it. Solid steel swivel clips and hardware fly the finger to the incessant over use of flimsy plastic found on most bags. A First Class salute! Each bag is as unique as you are and truly looks and feels better with age as the material conforms to your body. First Class indeed.
PROUDLY HAND-CRAFTED IN THE UNITED STATES.
(Posted by David Schuminsky on 25th Jan 2013)
I have wanted a Defy bag for over a year. Because my bag and wallet are made in the same city I live in, I decided to take advantage of the fact and visit Chris at world headquarters. I stopped by around 1:30pm and walked up three flights of stairs in this really old building in the historic Chicago of Ravenswood. I was greeted by a Chris and his associate ______ (I am embarrassed as I forgot her name!). Chris is totally cool, laid back and looks at you with a pair of the bluest eyes I have ever seen. We chatted and Chris showed me several copies of the bag I was interested in. The most different aspect (to me) of Chis's bags is the material. It is thick and has a really solid feel to it. It can stand up on its own. The locks are intense. It's almost stealth in nature. Chris let me choose whichever one i wanted. Each bag has marks, slight creases, and areas that are unique to each bag. I also saw one copy that was made of virgin tarp. It was perfectly black but for me the wear and tear of use makes the product so much more of a personal experience.
I also purchased one of Chris's wallets. This wallet will probably last me for a minimum of ten years. The leather is rich in its consistency. It has almost a surreal look to it, as I have never seen leather so rich before. It's almost like it isn't leather at all, but some unique new soft good. I can see myself when I look at my wallet. It is definately sturdy and very well constructed. Each wallet that I examined with Chris was as different as the bags. It has contrasting red stitching and ample room for cards and cash. It has a pocket sewn on the outside so I can keep my transit cards in one convenient place without having to open the wallet.
I am in love with my purchases. I put the bag on a chair in front of me and just looked at it when I got home and I am still looking at it. I have been fondling my wallet as well. It feels so soothing to the touch. And it smells of oil seeped hand crafted leather, deep and rich.
If you ever have the opportunity to come to Chicago, give them a call. Maybe you will be able to choose your own personal bag and meet Chris. He is really cool. See his pride in action. I am really proud to own these exceptionally crafted products. I look forward to using them when I am done looking and caressing them.
(Posted by Brook on 17th Nov 2012)
I keep this short.
Want a great quality messenger bag thats going to last forever and looks awesome? Get this.
(Posted by Unknown on 27th Aug 2012)
This bag is incredibly sturdy and looks far better than your average water-resistant laptop or messenger bag. The clips are incredibly sturdy, and the handle is very convenient and doesn't hit your back while wearing the bag over your shoulder. There are a few design details I would change in an ideal world: the strap could be a bit shorter (I like to have the bag snug against my body, which I can't quite do when the bag is mostly empty); one of the side pockets could be slightly larger to accommodate a water bottle; and the openings to the pockets in the front could be slightly higher so they aren't exposed when the bag is packed full and the flap is clipped in place.
(Posted by John T on 24th May 2012)
I was skeptical at first when purchasing this bag. But I am so glad that I did, the quality is amazing and you can tell a lot of time is put into each product. I get a lot of compliments everywhere I go. The buckles on this bag makes it easy to open not to mention stylish. Keep up the good work!
(Posted by Julia S on 24th May 2012)
So I've Owned My Green First Class For All of an Hour...
... but I think it may be the most perfect thing I've ever encountered. I LOVE this bag... the size is perfect, the color's perfect, the construction is obviously bomb-proof and the Cobra buckles are the epitome of industrial sexiness.
(Posted by JNW on 24th May 2012)
Great craftsmanship, thoughtful design, excellent materials. Ample size, but not enormous. It slings comfortably on the shoulder and is perfect for holding a laptop with accessories. Easy one-handed buckle release is convenient. Slight imperfections remind you that this is a hand-made beauty, no overseas mass production. Oh yeah: I got drenched in a rain storm on my way to work, but everything in my bag was dry!
(Posted by Geoffrey on 24th May 2012)
This bag, is perfection. Absolute, unadulterated perfection. You have filled a hole in my life :)