the hemingway : a bag for life


Life is full of twists and turns – you never know what’s around the corner. Good, bad, indifferent… We can be stuck in a rut or free-flying across the world with no care or thought about the past or the future, just dumbstruck in the thrilling moment.
Our point is that life is, hopefully, an ongoing narrative, a tale of the years from here to there, rendered in your memory like chapters in a book. If travel is part of your story, that book can be an expansive one, taking in the great cities of the world or small diamond-like towns that you stumble across after long hours on a night bus.  We believe life should be lived to your version of the fullest, and to facilitate that, or at least complement it, we have created an item we feel can accompany you on such journeys. And that is the Hemingway bag. We have designed this bag for anyone and everyone who yearns for something with a sense of timelessness, something that will last for years that they can carry with them on their journey. We feel this is the perfect bag with which to bum around the world with – or even around your local neighbourhood.
Each Hemingway is handmade with highest quality leather in a small family run workshop in central Vietnam. Simon, one of the designers, has lived in Vietnam for the last few years and is friends with the family. All production methods and working conditions are safe, and all workers paid fairly.
Importantly, the dimensions are so that when fully packed it can still be “carry-on luggage” on just about any airline in the world. Why lug a big backpack around and have to endure those punishing waits beside the baggage carousel? Just grab it from the overhead compartment, leave the plane, clear customs and you’re away … wherever you may be.

SIZE: 49 x 29 x 14 cm

Key Points

  • Document pocket specially designed to lie against your back, rather than be exposed to the wide world. This allows easy access for you at airports but no access at all to anyone of ill-repute when carried on your back.
  • A front pocket that fits an iPad/small laptop snugly and can be easily accessed for security screening.
  • The bag’s zip design allows ease of access to the whole bag. Basically, you can lie the bag flat and use the zip to access the entire bag – unlike a normal backpack which usually has just “top-down” access … which usually results in the item you most want somehow finding its way to the very (hard-to-access) bottom.
  • Four generous-sized, side pockets with zips, with two especially secure ones having a zip and a buckle.
  • Cover-all outer flap provides security when buckled and also offers good protection from that sudden downpour when caught on the move in Saigon or Singapore;
  • Extra storage space on top of pack under cover-all flap for shoes, towel etc which can secured when flap is buckled down.
  • Small pouches on inner lining for your chargers, and a zip pouch at the back where you can store your emergency money, copies of passport, visas etc.

All zips and buckles are heavy-duty and have an old-school appearance.

The bag is of course made with a classic vintage look – all made with heavy-duty leather that gets better in appearance the more it’s used and abused.

There are no corporate dollars behind this enterprise, just two Australian brothers who came up with an idea and thought it was worth sharing. Have a look – and maybe buy a Hemingway.

Style, romance , adventure … a great journey starts with a great bag.

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