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.
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