Handmade vs. Machine-Made Leather Backpacks

Published on 05/06/2014

The Rolls Royce is put together by 60 pairs of hands, as opposed to the 3,400 people and 900 robots that normally assemble Dodge vehicles. Everything on the exquisite, one-of-a-kind Rolls Royce is hand-built and hand-finished by skilled builders who care as much about precision and quality as they do about the unparalleled excellence and comfort of your ride.

In this day of instant-everything we often gravitate toward inexpensive, mass-produced goods. And while it may be cheaper to get a well-aged used car with a spotty history from some miscellaneous used car dealer on discount, how long that car lasts, or how well it’s made, is a very different story. The same is true for anything handcrafted, including leather backpacks.

What are the advantages of buying handmade goods over store bought, machine-made items? They’re not hard to spot.

No two ever look the same

Handcrafted knapsacks are made with a passion that no machine can replicate. A leather artisan pours himself into his work with hyper-focused intensity, adding unique touches that compliment every stitch on every bag. Cookie-cutter designs, such as those you’ll find in big box or discount stores, and even on name brand shelves, can’t compete with the polished workmanship of a genuinely handcrafted backpack.

Higher quality materials

When accomplished craftsmen and women begin designing and stitching together your leather knapsack, they’re able to be very selective about the materials chosen. Most store-bought haversacks and backpacks are made of thin, low quality materials that can’t withstand the elements, let alone time. Not so with our handmade bags. Our bags are made from real leather, authentic wool and kilim, a type of handwoven canvas that’s designed and woven in Turkey and Morocco. If we’re not satisfied with every piece of fabric, every stitch and every piece of thread placement, we start the process over.

Nearly everything handmade is better

You simply cannot compare machine-made products to handmade goods, and that’s true for most things including:

  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Instruments
  • … and so much more.

When Etsy, the ecommerce website focused on hand-produced goods launched, it was an instant success. Today, despite our more hectic lives, we still appreciate the worth and superiority of handmade workmanship.

You’re investing in the future with fair trade goods

There’s been a lot of chatter in the last few years regarding the mistreatment of workers overseas who work for pennies an hour, building your next sweater, rucksack or electronic device. When you purchase manufactured products, you likely to have no idea where they originated, who put them together, or just how much someone was paid to satisfy your need.

By contrast, when you buy a handcrafted backpack you’re investing in community and artistry.

Our pack designs are brainstormed until the prototype takes the form of a high grade, distinctive bag that will last a lifetime. Once we're satisfied with the look of each bag, backpack plans are sent to New York, Morocco and Turkey, where the bags are constructed by hand and sewn with care and irreplaceable talent by creative artists who get properly paid for their talents and time. Here at Cooleather.com, we're a fair trade business, and proud of it.

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