Saddleback Leather has one of my favorite slogans of all time: "They'll fight over it when you're dead."
It's said with tongue in cheek, but there's something truly charming about the idea of purchasing something that will last longer than you will. It's often said about high-end mechanical watches that you do not own the watch, you are simply looking after it for the next generation. The same can be said for bags like this.
Saddleback Leather is one of my favorite companies right now, for a few reasons. First and foremost, Dave, the man behind the company has a unique and affable personality that comes through in everything he creates. The Saddleback website is filled with great stories, an entertaining FAQ, and enough fantastic videos to keep you busy for an entire work day. Poke around — you'll love it.
Secondly, Dave is incredibly passionate about the quality and craftsmanship of his products. He uses nothing but thick, high quality leather, non-breakable parts, and clever design practices to ensure the bags will never let you down. He's not messing around, this stuff is really as good as it gets.
Lastly, look at these bags. They're gorgeous. Dave has a well defined sense of design, and it comes through in the simplistic but ultra-functional products he creates. The Thin Briefcase is the bag at the top of my wish list right now — it's utilitarian but classy. It can be dressed up or dressed down. But most importantly, it will never fail me, nor will it ever fail the person I pass it down to when I die.
Make no mistake — if you're looking for a leather bag, this is as good as it gets. Saddleback products are built by hand, with full-grain US hides, and an intense passion for creating great products. Watch some of Dave's videos and try not to fall in love with them. I dare you.
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