Here in Philly, Tucker & Bloom have really helped with local bike deliveries. They are innovative and fashionable, and very well constructed. They are offered in different styles and colors, because every carrier is different. A few local DJ’s have even signed on to help create their signature bags.
Tucker & Bloom make great bags because of their attention to detail. These are not traits that they got overnight. They are a family business and have over 30 years combined in the bag industry. Their focus is on organizational products that emphasize individuality coupled with clean design. Tucker & Bloom make awesome products for people with a need to look professional, but who want an alternative to the norm. All of their products are domestically made, in small batches, using traditional European craftsman techniques, to ensure quality from start to finish.
One reason Tucker & Bloom’s bicycle messenger bags have been so popular in Philly is because of their tough construction. These things are SO well made! The Simple courier bag is made from 100% Duck Cotton Canvas, with a waterproof lining, which ensures that contents are protected and dry. Other styles are made of tough ballistic nylon, with a textured weave, and have a lining of soft Taslan nylon. All of the bags from Tucker & Bloom also feature polished metal alloy buckles and clips.
Since every bike rider is different, Tucker & Bloom offer bicycle courier bags in several different sizes, shapes, and colors. Their North To South Messenger Bag is square, in shape, which makes it the perfect size for carrying vinyl records. The East To West bag has a more rectangular shape, sort of like an upside down trapezoidal shape, that makes it perfect for those who want a traditional shape to their bicycle bags, but need more storage pockets. Then there is the Simple Canvas Bag, which is wide with one huge pocket, just like old school style.
The one thing that all new bicycle bags have in common is that Tucker & Bloom offer each in different colors. They even allow their customers the choice of what color lining they would like, to give it the ultimate personal touch.
As previously mentioned, Tucker & Bloom has been working alongside a few local DJ’s to make their own signature bags. For example, jet-setting DJ Cosmo Baker helped them to design the Cosmo Baker North To South Messenger Bag, which is an updated version of the regular North To South. The attention to detail in this product makes it a great choice for DJ’s, or for folks who just want to carry a lot of stuff.
Tucker & Bloom have helped to change the organizational fashion landscape, here in Philadelphia. They have done this by simply offering colorful, roomy, and well-made bicycle products. Whether used by actual messengers, commuters, or by world-famous, jet-setting DJ’s, Tucker & Bloom’s bags look great & will hold up to whatever is thrown at them.
As a bicycle courier myself, my bicycle totes Re: key part of my business, my career, my livelihood – and I need to be able to count on that these bags day in and day out no matter what.
Unfortunately, there has been a pretty sad trend in the courier bag world over the last few years, a trend that has moved towards cheap construction materials, really terrible craftsmanship, and a focus on reducing seemingly unlimited amounts of awful bicycle messenger bags that just can’t live up to expectations.
I should know – I went through literally 10 or 15 absolutely awful brands in the last five years alone, and I know a lot of other bicycle couriers that have had similar experiences.
However, I was turned onto the Tucker and Bloom bicycle messenger bags by a messenger that I really respected – a courier that has used one single totefor the last three years and it still looks absolutely brand-new.
Digging a little bit deeper, I tried to do just as much research as humanly possible about all of the different courier totes available out there on the market right now, and kept running into the same comments.
“Tucker and Bloom are the best!”
“I don’t think that I’ll buy another bag that isn’t made by Tucker and Bloom ever again!”
“ I was thinking about getting out of the bicycle courier business for good, but then I bought a Tucker and Bloom – I’m hooked back in until this bag gives out (which shouldn’t be until another 20 years or more down the road)”
Obviously, this kind of attention you just can’t ignore – so I ordered up my own bicycle messenger bag.
Boy am I glad that I did.
Yes, there are definitely cheaper ones available on the market right now – and there also a ton of more expensive available as well.
Yes, there are other brands that have dedicated followings and fanatics. Yes, some people swear by the same messenger bag that they’ve been using for 20 years or longer.
But I have to tell you that after going through tons and tons of totes in the past, nothing – NOTHING – can come close to the quality that Tucker and Bloom bags bring to the table.
We’re talking about amazing construction materials used throughout each and every one of the totes that I purchased (ranging from highly durable duck cotton canvas – the same kind of material used on Carhart pants – to waterproof nylon solutions and everything in between), and amazing attention to detail that you just don’t find anymore.
Before I pulled the trigger on my purchase, I did a bit of looking into the history and biography of this specific compass and was impressed to find that they make each and every one of their bags in the same style that European craftsman have been making bags for centuries – and that they only released their bags in small batches so that they can craft the perfect solution for your needs.
Obviously, I’m starting to sound a little bit like a fan boy here – but really, you will be blown away by the attention to detail and elite level craftsmanship that is spent on every single one of these bags. If you’re a professional bicycle messenger – or just are looking for the very best bag on the market today – don’t ignore the bicycle totes that Tucker and Bloom bring to the table.
This is the bag style that just about everyone is familiar with. It’s the one that just about all bicycle courier, no matter what city they work in, carry slung across their backs or at their sides.
Originally they were conceived for bike couriers in New York City, guys that regularly carried legal documents and architectural plans; large envelopes and long, awkward tubes, too big for most backpacks & baskets. These were based on utility lineman bags that were designed in the 1950’s. They originally allowed lineman to carry necessary tools within easy reach while climbing utility poles. Generally, the Manhattan style is very wide, usually wide enough to be slung diagonally, from one shoulder to the opposite hip.
The riders that these were made for rode stripped-down bikes that had modified, very thin handlebars for weaving between buses and cars. Therefore, the Manhattan messenger bag needed straps that could be slung across the chest, and then be easily released in a split second. Or, the same strap could be worn on a shoulder, with the bag under the opposite arm. The point was so that the courier could slide it around for easy access.
Also for easy access, the designers coupled the convertible straps with a large flap closure. Sometimes the flap also had clips, so the rider could keep it secure, but between stops the flap could stay down, covering the main compartment.
Materials were very important to the users of the original design. Originally they were made from sailcloth, or thick cotton “duck” canvas, which was durable, and could withstand stresses. Over the years, though, different designers, and the wants and needs of the users, began using other materials, and even lining the bags.
Heavy ballistic nylon, with its characteristic basket weave, was an even tougher alternative that also offered a degree of water resistance. Using leather at edges and stress points gave a great look, but an even stronger wear. Some really forward-thinking designers even began using waterproof PVC, rubber, or nylon liner materials, for an even greater degree of protection on Manhattan messenger bags. Wet deliveries are not acceptable to the clients of messengers.
Over the years, the Manhattan messenger bag has become a fashion accessory, albeit a very functional one. Hipsters of every gender, profession, and style carry them, and many different companies design and produce them. They are offered in every color of the rainbow, with different sizes and shapes, as well, giving the user another way to express his or her individuality.
Many high school and college students carry messenger totes, today, especially ones that ride bicycles. When compared to a backpack, it is much easier to remove textbooks and notebooks, as well as laptops, from a Manhattan bag. It can be easily shifted, to lie on the side of the body, granting the wearer greater accessibility.
Over the years, Manhattan messenger bags have gone from a simple, functional tool for bike delivery riders, to colorful hipster fashion accessory.
Before we go into my specific experience with my brand-new Tucker & Bloom bag, it’s important that I give you a little bit of background history so that you understand why I have always loved traditional messenger bags and why I have literally searched high and low for the very best possible option offered in the United States.
Way back in (what seems like lifetimes ago) the early 1980s, I myself was a Manhattan messenger. Flying around on my trusty fixed speed bicycle, I zoomed in and out of traffic up and down those modern-day canyons delivering all kinds of packages, parcels, and more than a few deliveries that seemed suspect at the time to offices throughout New York City.
And every single day, right after lacing up my Redwing boots, I grab the exact same one that I had been issued – the same kind of Manhattan messenger bag I have been searching for ever since.
That bag was ridiculously simple and straightforward, which I’m sure was on purpose because my boss was more than a little bit “cheap” to put it friendly. He was probably looking for a fantastic deal on pieces of work equipment that he wouldn’t have to replace on an annual basis, but he definitely wasn’t looking to outfit us with some sort of expensive designer one – if they even existed in those days.
No, he was looking to provide us with a piece of equipment that would allow us to be better at our jobs – not only making our clients and customers happy, but guaranteeing that his business got as few complaints because of damaged or lost packages as possible.
It was absolutely everything I’ve ever wanted in a tote and though I’m certain that some of those feelings are due to nostalgia and my memory creeping up on me I’ve always searched for a Manhattan messenger bag that could compete with my first one.
I’ve been discussing exactly this kind of dilemma with my nephew (now a Manhattan bicycle messenger himself), and asking him to keep an eye out on different websites to see if he could spot one that offered the same kind of “magic” that my old bag did.
Obviously, I never really expected that he’d be able to deliver the goods (part the pun – but I had to sneak that one in there), but was pleasantly surprised when he told me that he had in fact track down a manufacturer that seemed to fit the bill.
You directed me to the Tucker and Bloom website, and from the moment that I longed in until I had my brand-new Tucker and Bloom bag in my hands I knew I had struck gold.
Not only are these bags designed right here in the good old United States of America, they also are crafted in a classical style – with form and functionality perfectly blended together. Real craftsman focus on each and every single bag, and produce them in such small batches as to be laughable by most modern manufacturing standards – but that’s exactly what I was looking for.
I cannot tell you how overjoyed I am with my new courier bag, and how much it has meant to me to have a bag of this caliber in quality back in my life. I refuse to carry a briefcase into the office ever again, and I’ve also purchased another Tucker and Bloom bag to give to my nephew as a thank you for tracking this down.
When choosing a waterproof bag, of course it is important to pick one that has enough space for all one needs to carry. For my money, though, choosing a bag for how it protects one’s belongings is of even higher importance. The bag should be practically indestructible; made from materials that will hold up to whatever use (and abuse) the user will put it through.
Also, what if it rains? All of that hearty material is useless at protecting your possessions if it just soaks thru with water. For this reason, it is also of high importance to choose one that is waterproof.
Tucker & Bloom, a small company based out of Nashville, Tennessee, makes high-end organizational products with forward-thinking designs, but using old European craftsman techniques. Their aim is to organize people with a need to look professional, while providing an alternative to the norm. With thirty years combined in the bag business, they know how to make bags right, and they make them well. All of their products are produced domestically, from materials that meet their high expectations for quality, durability, and aesthetics.
Every waterproof product made by Tucker & Bloom is made in small batches. They start with an outer material that is very strong and durable. They use leathers that are byproducts of the food industry. Leather can provide a whole range of design elements, from highly finished to more organic in appearance, and has a timeless look and a natural durability. Another outer material that is used frequently is ballistic nylon, which features a basket weave. This weave makes it very tough and allows it to withstand impacts and punctures. Lastly, the customer can choose between several colors of 100% cotton duck canvas. Cotton canvas is soft and ages gracefully, but is also very durable.
The thing that I like most about Tucker & Bloom’s waterproof messenger bags is that they are all made with water proof material. This is what makes their bags differ from other brands. Other brands will make you rely on just the outer layer for water protection. While the outer layer may be water resistant, it is not waterproof. Tucker & Bloom goes a step farther than all of those other companies by adding a layer of Taslan nylon, which is truly waterproof, to the inside of the bag. So, even if the rain does pour, this inner lining will prevent your valuables- all of your possessions even- very dry!
Tucker & Bloom has truly broken the mold with their products. Offering clients a choice between colors, sizes, and fabrics allows for individuality yet ensures that they can make a choice to protect their belongings. Making a real waterproof product is a great feat. Even if water does soak through the outer layer, the added Taslan layer will keep it off important papers and gadgets. When someone needs to get items of importance from one place to another, a waterproof tote is what they need on their back to carry them.
As a professional bicycle courier, the bag that I use on a day to day basis is far more than some sort of fashion statement.
Not only does it have to look good to present a professional image to the clients and customers I deliver goods to on a routine basis, but it also has to be amazingly functional as well. This is not the kind of business that you can count on style points to win you extra business – you need to be able to deliver products, parcels, and paperwork quickly and efficiently – and most of all in the same kind of condition it was sent in.
I’ve also gone through 10 or 15 types in the past – all of them promising to be 100% waterproof, and only a fraction of them actually living up to that promise. My last bag allowed in so much water in a single rainstorm that I ended up sinking it right into the Hudson River, never to be seen or heard from again.
They say that’s where the mob used to dispose of their “messy business”, and I hope that – if it’s true – my bag sleeps with the fishes.
Regardless, after discovering that dozens and dozens of parcels in my care were soaked right through – some of them beginning to peel open because of the moisture – I knew that I needed to find a brand-new bag that actually was 100% waterproof. A bag I could rely on in any weather condition, a bag that I could trust to help me better perform my daily duties.
That’s when I discovered the Tucker & Bloom
I had been sharing this recent experience with a friend and mentor that really got me established in the bicycle delivery business, and he was telling the how he had had a number of those same kinds of problems in the past. They also told me how he had remedied the situation completely – and also helped 10 or 12 other couriers illuminate the problem forever – just by switching to Tucker and Bloom bags.
I had never heard of the brand before, but was eager to take my friend up on this recommendation – and begin to check out the different waterproof messenger bags this company offered.
The first thing that I noticed about the Tucker and Bloom website was that they had so many different options I could choose from. Obviously, this got me excited right off the bat, but once I discovered just how amazingly attractive and well-built each and every one of these bags were things get even better from there.
I knew I was sucked right into these kinds of bags forever – and that I would really struggle not coming away with one of their handcrafted bags mad in America . I ended up going with the North and South limited edition and I am proud to tell you that it hasn’t let me down at any point regardless of the weather that I’ve pushed it through.
This one’s never going to end up in the Hudson – but probably up on my mantle somewhere in 30 or 40 years so that I can reminisce fondly to my grandchildren about how well this bag performed.
When choosing between laptop backpacks, several important considerations should be made. Personally, I am very picky about certain technical features, and won’t buy one if it does not meet my criteria.
I have found, through trial and error, that Tucker & Bloom make sure that are are tough, hold all the items that I want to carry, in every situation, and are made in the USA. These features will make or break a bag for me; as in, if the bag doesn’t perform, I’m just not going to use it. End of story.
Construction and materials are very important to me when choosing between laptop backpacks. I like Tucker and Bloom’s because they use only the best materials, such as heavy duck canvases, top-grain leathers, and ballistic-grade nylons, to put together designs that are made by people who have been in the business for over 30 years.
The material that they are made of will give you an idea of how they will hold up to regular usage. Strength and durability are qualities that are directly influenced by how they are made, and what they are made from. Myself, I prefer heavy ballistic nylon, because it’s nearly indestructible and holds up well to all weather.
This next quality is one that is so very important to me, because I am often on the go. I want to be able to grab my belongings quickly from the bag, while it is on my back. There’s no use in having an iPod pocket, if that iPod isn’t reachable.
There’s no worry about these things when the bag is well designed, in the first place. Putting that iPod pocket on the strap, with a little padding to protect it, at the right location, can make a lot of difference upon if the customer “likes” or genuinely “loves” their stuff.
Tucker & Bloom makes all of their bags with many pockets & plenty of space to keep your stuff.
A hugely important quality I look for is capacity; how much can this one really hold? It is imperative to me that all of my tools serve more than just one purpose. This even applies to my bags.
My computer bag should have multiple pockets, because I carry a lot of stuff. I need a pocket for my computer, one for my cell phone, and another for a notebook & pens, and still another for tickets, change, and passport, etc.
This is another aspect that Tucker & Bloom are on top of. All of their products are huge, with large capacity.
Lastly, I care a lot about where & how my bag was made. This goes for all my belongings, really, because I prefer things to be made in America, by American people.
Tucker & Bloom are based out of Nashville, Tennessee, and have over 30 years experience in the bag industry. Their designs are functional, yet are very stylish, and all are made right here, in the good old USA.
I’d never purchased a laptop backpack before, and wasn’t really sure of what kind of backpack I needed in the first place. I knew I wanted to be able to comfortably carry my MacBook Pro (15 inch version) with no real headache or hassle whatsoever, but I also knew that I wasn’t going to be toting my laptop around all the time so I needed one that was functional as well.
Well, I must have looked at between 30 or 40 different options out there on the market today – ranging from do cheap and flimsy made to ridiculously expensive (we’re talking like three or four rent payment expensive here) and overbuilt – all before I landed upon the Tucker and Bloom's website.
Instantly I knew that this was a company that I could get behind, just because every single one that they had for sale looked picture perfect for my needs. I contacted their customer service department, and they helped walk me through the different things that made their backpacks really stand out from the rest of the crowd – and I just kind of “filled in the blanks”.
The last thing I needed to deal with was a computer case that wouldn’t fit my laptop, an issue that I know a lot of my friends who had searched for others and really struggled with on a regular basis. Sure, they said, all different kinds of backpack manufacturers will tell you that your notebook will fit in this specific bag – but very often you find it’s too small to fit and your computer is bursting out the seems or you find its way too big and leaves your notebook flopping around in your backpack loosely.
Both of those things would be completely and totally unacceptable, but I learned shortly after that it would be something I didn’t have to worry about since I bought a Tucker and Bloom.
You see, the one that I ended up going with was specifically designed for 15 inch laptops and fit my MacBook Pro perfectly – so much so that you’d almost think it was the specific laptop that they built the bag off of in the first place. Everything is snug and tight, but not too tight, and gives me the kind of confidence I need knowing that my computer will be protected no matter what.
Understanding that I probably only carry my computer around with me 50% of the time – but I almost always need a backpack on a daily basis – I was looking for a back pack and bag that would be as flexible as my needs were.
Again, the Tucker and Bloom really stepped up to the table. Most of them were built with all different kinds of additional functionality, pockets, and extra compartments that I could use with a little headache or hassle whatsoever. The bag that I did end up going with is almost overloaded with these kinds of features, but not that I’m complaining.
Okay, so by now we’ve all noticed that riding a bike in the city has become very “hip”. Whether it be because of the green movement, or because it saves them money, or maybe even just because they want to look cool, hipsters are riding their bikes everywhere. Along with his or her expensive fixed-gear bikes, everyone is also carrying the ubiquitous hipster messenger bag, as well.
They used to be really simple affairs, you’d see them used by the filthy, tattooed and pierced dudes that came into the buildings you worked in. Won by those loonies who rode so perilously close to the many car mirrors they passed on their bikes. The bags would be slung across his or her chest. Sometimes they’d even be seen using two bags, when one bag’s pocket wasn’t enough.
That’s my point, right there, too… Old-school messenger bags were so simple. Made of canvas or sailcloth, with usually only one huge pocket, and a flap closure, lots of times they’d be hand made by another messenger who also sewed, as a hobby.
Today’s riders, and bag users, aren’t all actual messengers. In fact, there are only even a few left in the city, today. These riders are riding to work, and to school, and for fun, so they want something more suited to them, when it comes to their hipster messenger bags.
A company called Tucker & Bloom, located in Nashville, Tennessee, makes great, multi-use custom made bags, for today. Whether the user is an executive, a bike rider, a DJ, or a student, or even a combination of these things, Tucker & Bloom has them covered in that department.
Tucker & Bloom make hipster messenger bags with more pockets than the old style of bags. The extra pocket on the inside can be for a laptop, and can be padded. Organizational panels are added on for pens, mp3 players, and loose change. Then there’s the all-important water bottle pocket, slyly sewn onto the sides of each bag.
Small details on each bag by Tucker & Bloom make them stand out front and center, amongst others. For example, they use high quality metal alloy clips and slides, so that each bag can be adjusted to fit anyone and anything. Straps are removable, convertible, and come in different spots, to be used in different ways.
Best of all, though, Tucker & Bloom offer several different design possibilities and sizes to the consumer. Most of their hipster messenger bags come in different sizes, depending upon the size of the user and the job. Then there are wide bags, more narrow bags, and some that are even square in shape – sized to carry records.
These hipster messenger bags, on offer from Tucker & Bloom, are made in America. Products that are made in the USA are big in hipster circles, today, because it means the products are made well. Tucker & Bloom’s bags are made tough and durable, with quality designed to encourage individuality.
Hipsters have absolutely invaded the United States, not only taking over coffee shops, independent bookstores, and all the Pabst Blue Ribbon they can get their hands on, but also taking over the ridiculously simple, amazingly functional, and truly handsome bag – converting all of them to their way of life and “counterculture”.
And while most of us can readily give way to many of the things that hipsters have claimed for their own, the simple messenger tote is one that people simply have a difficult time giving up – if only because it is maybe one of the most perfect examples of form blended with functionality.
A hipster's bag doesn’t have to be ironic to be amazingly useful, handsomely designed, and affordable – it just has to come from Tucker and Bloom.
The last thing in the world that I could be confused with – and the last thing in the world that I would want to be confused with – would have to be a hipster.
Sure, I enjoy a well-made fedora. And yes, I’ve been known to sip on a single batch whiskey from time to time – but I don’t look for everything and anything “ironic” in modern life and am actually quite proud of America and how we got to be who we are.
I also absolutely, positively have always been in love with the traditional bag – ever since my days of being a bicycle messenger myself in New York City (the hot bed and “den” of hipster culture).
And though it’s been some years since I wrote a fixed speed bicycle through those concrete canyons in New York City with an important package to deliver to some big shot on the 75th floor, I was definitely in the market for a new custom made piece from Tucker & Bloom.
One of the key criteria that I was looking for was that it would be made by real professionals right here in the good old US of A and it simply wasn’t something that I was willing to compromise on.
Call me a Stone Age dinosaur, call me a rabid nationalist, and call me anything else that you will – but I miss looking at products that have the United States of America stamp right underneath “made in” and knowing that I (in some small part) contributed directly to a local small business somewhere in this great country.
Tucker and Bloom products are made right in Nashville, Tennessee – which isn’t exactly in my neck of the woods, but I appreciate that they spent decades and decades honing their craft, perfecting their skills, and creating fantastic looking bags right here in America.
The age-old style is one of the more simpler designs you’re ever going to find, but each and every different manufacturer puts their own spin on things – and for good reason. Tucker and Bloom is no different, and they offer a number of different types of stylish accessories for sale, all of them truly handsome, amazingly functional, and ruggedly constructed I’m sure.
I know the one that I ended up with is definitely going to be my “go to” for years and years to come – and I have since recommended a ton of people to the Tucker and Bloom web store. I hope you’ll find what you’ve been looking for – even if you have no interest in being a hipster whatsoever.
It certainly is hard to find cool backpacks for men. I mean they are a dime a dozen, but they’re rarely actually “cool” looking. A lot of them are made with children in mind, so they look overstated, are cheaply made, and just not “cool” looking.
Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, with over 30 years in the bag business, Tucker & Bloom make some of the nicest cool backpacks for men that I have ever seen.
All of their products are designed with today’s professional in mind, and Tucker & Bloom realize that just because you commute to work, that doesn’t mean you want to look like a fifth grader while doing it. They make cool bags for men that are as tough as they are cool.
Tucker & Bloom Bags have large, zippered main chambers with strong taslan nylon backings, while the external shells are made of heavy 1680 denier waterproof ballistic nylon. No matter what you put them through, these cool custom made bags for men are going to stay put together.
The front pockets feature U-zip designs that have an easy-access organizer panel for iPod, phone, sunglasses, etc. Additionally, adjustable straps, ending in quick-release buckles, make it simple to swing the bag, in order to access the main chamber.
There’s nothing worse than zippers that wear out, so Tucker & Bloom uses heavy, “self-healing” #9 nylon coil zippers that have lockable pulls. This ensures that whatever you put into your cool totes for men will stay put, and you won’t have to worry about cheap zippers anymore.
Tucker & Bloom make several different cool style for the fellas, so that it doesn’t matter what your personal style may be, you’ll be able to buy a bag that fits your character.
On top of different styles, Tucker & Bloom offer each bag in different colors, with some even being available in other fabrics, too. The bag you pick will be one-of-a-kind, and made just to your specifications.
Also available are laptop sleeves, if you choose. Padded well to protect your investment, the laptop sleeve will help to ensure your data is safe and sound, and protected from drops, as well as from your other stuff.
Depending upon how you move through your day, Tucker & Bloom’s bags allow you to maneuver in cramped quarters with different straps. The super-strong shoulder straps are made of heavy-duty nylon webbing, with comfy felt backing, while a low profile handle is attached to them for use in tight quarters.
Tucker & Bloom make cool custom made cases for men that are both exceptionally durable, as well as waterproof, ensuring that whatever you carry will be protected from the elements. Their bags are functional, yet fashionable, and can easily make the jump from office to classroom to on the town with stylish ease. They are simply the best around!
Even though most people won’t admit it, it’s almost impossible to find cool backpacks for guys available on the market today.
Some of them have been designed for guys and made to look like they just stepped off the battlefield – built with military style construction materials, over engineered to ridiculous tolerances, and would look foolish when stacked up with any outfit that isn’t completely camouflaged.
Many others that have been designed for men on the market right now take a different approach completely. They offer you this super luxurious, ridiculously silky smooth, and almost feminized masculine bag (if that makes sense at all), basically an overblown purse that is supposed to be designed for men simply because it’s “bigger”.
At the other end of the spectrum, you have some designers that feel as though guys can use backpacks that are basically larger versions of the totes that they used as children – sporty looking bags that make men look like an oversized kid stuck in some sort of weird Hollywood comedy.
But not the folks at Tucker and Bloom. When I was searching for cool backpacks and this was a brand that continue to come up in conversation – both the real conversations that I had with people who had already bought fantastic ones as well as many of the conversations that I “eavesdropped” on that were happening online.
These were actually built from the ground up to look fantastic but also serve a real purpose – perfectly blending form and function in ways that I didn’t think anyone was still paying attention to.
Basically relying on 30+ years of business, it is Nashville, Tennessee based business has been pumping out small batch hand crafted American custom made products for years and years now – though they are just now starting to gain the kind of recognition and acclaim they deserve.
There’s just no other way to put it than that these are very cool backpacks for every man, especially guys that want to retain their masculinity while cruising around town with one strapped to their backs. You’re going to find elite level construction materials – some would even say luxurious construction materials – designed to be ruggedly masculine without being cartoony, the kinds of bags that most people strive to make but never really hit that perfect note.
At the same time, these bags have been designed to be ridiculously functional. With messenger bags and even just traditional styles are available – and so much more – functionality is always critical in each and every one of their designs.
I know, because now I own three or four different Tucker and Bloom bags – and am considering ordering three or four more to boost my collection. These are just that good, and I have since recommended them to each and every one of my friends and family members looking to invest in a new back.
The reason that I think these are the very best of the best when it comes to cool accessories for men is simply because they blend all of the key criteria you’re looking for in a bag so seamlessly.
The attention to detail that has been spent on every aspect of construction is off the charts, but something that you would anticipate from a small batch shop that does much of their work by hand. Design is never to “freely” or fancy, but is instead a very rugged, very masculine, and very durable. Top that all off with very reasonable prices, and it should come as no surprise to you why so many people consider these to be the very best on the planet.
In 2013 it pays to be hip, to know what is “in”. What’s in style right now is custom products. People are more willing to pay well for quality handmade messenger bags if they are Made in the USA, out of tough, high-quality materials.
These custom bags are a sort of cross-cultural organizational item, since people of different styles and types use them. Some use the typical bike messenger bag for doing actual messenger work, while others just want something that’s more comfortable when they commute to work or school.
Tucker & Bloom is a family business that has more than 30 years in the bag business. They make all of their products in the good old US-of-A, and they focus on quality, well-built organizational products, with a flare for style and sophistication and, best of all, made for a heavy workload. All of Tucker & Bloom’s designs are made for people with a need to look professional, but provide an alternative to the norm. Each of their products is made in small batches with an eye towards traditional European-style craftsmanship.
Tucker & Bloom make several different completely handmade messenger bags, so that it doesn’t matter what your personal style may be, you’ll be able to find one that fits your style with ease.
Also available in some are extra pockets, if you would like one. While some pockets are padded well to protect your investment, the laptop sleeve will help to ensure your data is safe and sound, and protected from drops, as well as from your other stuff.
As well as different styles, Tucker & Bloom offer each handmade messenger bag in different colors, with some even being available in other fabrics, too. The one you pick will be one-of-a-kind, and made just to your specifications.
As always, every one of the handmade bags from Tucker & Bloom feature their limited lifetime warranty! This all ensures that you get one that you will be happy with, and that will hold up, for many, many years to come!
So, everyone knows that hipsters today love handmade products, and these are no exception! Kids want to be able to carry all their stuff in one and they want to look really cool doing it.
Whether at school, at work, or out on the town, later, Tucker & Bloom make the handmade totes that everyone who is cool will want.
Take one part style, mix it with another part substance, and then wrap it all up in an indestructible shell, and there you have it- a bag that everyone can use.
My favorite custom handmade piece is the Tucker & Bloom North to South Messenger Bag. In it, I can carry all of my recorded media that always has to come everywhere with me, but I can also throw in a book to read on the subway, with a change of clothes after work.
Look, you’re probably not going to find anyone in America – or around the world, for that matter – that dislikes hipsters any more than I do. There’s just something about their phony “ironic” attitude that strikes me the wrong way, and it’s not difficult to see that I’m not alone. Sure, I probably take my dislike to entirely new levels than anyone else – but hipsters aren’t exactly someone or something to aspire to be.
At the same time, it seems as though I have fallen in love with a big favorite of hipsters – handmade messenger bags.
There’s just something about the incredible construction, the attention to detail, and the care that has gone into each and every one of these custom totes that make it so much more special than anything else. I appreciate the creative process (like to think of myself as a creative as well), and definitely recognize true “old world” craftsmanship when I see it.
There is a real reason why the Tucker and Bloom products pulled me in like a tractor beam and haven’t let me go since.
I know, I know – you are probably a little bit on the fence about spending money on a handmade bag when you can get a machine processed bag for a fraction of the price (sometimes).
I get it, I was in that same position just a short while ago and had to really fight my inner dialogue to ignore the little voice that said “save every single one of your pennies and put off happiness as long as you can”.
There’s just something about looking at a piece of your property that you know was something delicately crafted by a professional, someone that has spent years and years – decades maybe – honing their craft and skill so that they could build the perfect bag for you and you alone.
That’s really where the difference between handmade bags and mass-produced come in. You know that even if you purchased a handmade bag that was one of hundreds made in that same series, none of them – literally none of them – are going to be exactly the same as yours. Your bag is truly one in 1 in a million, and it’s likely that the craftsman spent hours and hours perfecting your bag before moving on to the next.
We just don’t get that with modern purchases anymore, and it’s something that a lot of people are trying to bring back into their lives.
With everyone worried about whether or not customer service is going to provide them with a full refund on everything and anything they’ve ever purchased – simply because we know, in the end, it’s going to break or fail us – that’s never really a question that crosses your mind with Tucker and Bloom.
But it’s not because their customer service department is sorely lacking – the opposite would be true. Their customer services very friendly, very helpful, and will make sure that you are taking care of (and I would know), but when you’re talking about handmade you just don’t get the same kind of defects, mistakes, and oversights that you would with commercially made bags that are produced in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands.
Maybe I’m just sentimental. However, I know that when I first opened up that package that had my brand-new Tucker and Bloom messenger bag in it I felt like a kid at Christmas.
I bet you will too.