Harold's Bags, a Hessian manufacturer with a British name, continues the Offenbach tradition
of leather processing continues - with stylish, sustainable bags and a lot of ethos.
The Lanscape Travelbag accompanies our editors on their short trips
Unlike most leather travel bags, the Lanscape Travelbag from Harold's Bags is more modern and extravagant. The Hessian family business with the British sounding name has been producing leather bags in Obertshausen near Offenbach since 1936. Since 1985, it has also been producing in Colombia and since 1998 in Calcutta, India.
Good for the conscience of trend-conscious bag buyers: Harold's Bags stresses that employees in Colombia have "legally regulated employment contracts and socially insured jobs". This is in contrast to the trend towards cheap migrant workers. Social security, fair conditions as well as regulated working hours of 48 hours per week and 18 paid holidays per year are having an effect: Most of the workers have been working in the factory for more than 20 years, which ensures important know-how in "handicraft" production and is a guarantee of quality.
The hearty leather of the bags made in Colombia comes from cattle from the region, which always live in the open air. The mainly vegetable-tanned animal skins are processed as naturally as possible so that grains, bite marks and scars are preserved. This gives the bags very individual, somewhat tough features.
Sustainability is a term that is often used - in the end, the question arises whether a product is qualitatively durable and its design is not too contemporary. In our opinion, the Lanscape Travelbag from the Concepts collection fulfils both of these criteria without any restrictions.
The edges and corners of the bag are sewn on the outside and fixed by denim rivets, giving it a very unique and striking look. The Weekender has two external zipped pockets, one internal zipped pocket and - very practical - a bottom pocket for shoes, for example. With dimensions suitable for hand luggage (57 x 24 x 36 cm), the bag offers enough storage space for a two or three-day trip. Available in six colours and for 379 euros.
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