After years of designing and producing bags for other companies, I've been contemplating for awhile about starting my own line. Looking at more casual bags but the problem is there are so many out there so I thought it best to go to the experts and see what you guys are carrying, looking for, etc.
I've been reading some of the threads here, the new look book, etc and I see a good amount of interest towards brands like Mismo, Filson and Porter. Current trends are still messengers, backpacks and totes. From the recent Pitti Uomo it looks like totes are still moving forward and hold-alls are next.
Now I may be wrong but a good number of these designs just don't cater to common and modern amenities like safely carrying tablets, larger phones, compact/wireless hard drives, etc and for those who fly quite a bit, items like your Bose headsets, etc. Or maybe it's just me? I sometimes even carry a compact med kit and Surefire flashlight in my bag(s).
What about you guys? How much stuff do you carry around?
Which bag type do you prefer? Why?
How much do you haul on-board when you're traveling?
Do you have a bag specifically for carryon when traveling and another for everyday use?
If you use a different bag specifically for carryon when traveling, why?
What are the things that you look for when you choose a bag?
Do you buy bags based on styles that are in season or actual practicality?
Price points? I guess to some this may be a moot point when it comes to higher priced brands.
How long do you keep using that one bag until you move on to a new one? Or are you like me, you have several bags that are interchanged depending on activity?
Another thing that is curious to me is if any of you carry CCW in your bags?
I've own and used bags from Filson to Ghurka to Loewe but most of what I produce these days are bags & cases for LE & Mil tier one units (special operations). That's the high level my studio is capable of, so I look at designs from Yoshida Bag Co as inspiration for the type of bags I have in mind.
I've been doing product development for almost 20 years starting with a PD gig at DKNY in the early 90s before moving on to other designers. My first studio (then in NYC) did work for RL, Coach, Banana Republic and Ghurka. That all said, the one thing I've learnt is to always reach out to the community and folks like yourself who help dictate what comes next.
Anyway your thoughts are very much appreciated and ideas & suggestions are always welcomed.