About seven years ago, I was in the market for a good weekend size bag. Most options, however, were either cheap Third World sweatshop junk or radically outside of my price range.
Enter Custom Hide.
Custom Hide is an American maker of leather briefcases, backpacks and duffles. They do all of their business online, and their products are reasonably priced for the quality they represent.
I ordered the Weekender in the whiskey colored hide, and, over the past several years, it’s been a regular presence in my travels. It’s accompanied me on romantic getaways with my wife. It’s seen a year’s worth of business travel. And it’s been with me to London, overstuffed for four days of post-backpacking vacation.
After a few years of fairly vigorous use, the zipper broke. I sent it back, and Custom Hide graciously stood by its lifetime guarantee.