Philadelphia. Bagmaker-in-training. Obsessed with backpacks and messenger bags.


Kickstarter Watch: JbirdCollective

  • The Project: Durable, well-built men’s carry goods.
  • The Timeline: 28 days to go (Ends November 1, 2013)
  • The Funds: Funded! ($24,272 pledged of $12,000 goal)
  • The Goods: $30 for a keyhook, $150 for a briefcase, and $195 for a backpack
  • The Delivery: Projected delivery date of January 2014.

Justin Pyle just launched his Kickstarter campaign for JbirdCollective, a line of bags for men. If you were thinking about skipping the video, don’t. It does a great job of explaining each item.

"I knew I couldn’t compete against the larger companies making cheaper, higher volume bags overseas. But where I can beat them is building the highest quality, low volume pieces that are meticulous scrutinized from the first sketch to the packaging they will be shipped in."

Justin’s focus for the project is on durability, quality, and intentionality in design. He’s using waxed canvas, leather, and metal hardware to create bags that will last.

"Since I couldn’t find a bag that met all my requirements, I decided to create my own."

The designs here are pretty interesting. There’s the flagship of the line, the Tech Pack:

see that Cobra buckle?

The pack’s got some great features, including MOLLE on the left side of the pack:

Grab handles on the front, side, AND top, and a really nice-looking sternum strap:

As I’ve said before, I’m not really a leather guy, so I do wish they were made of waxed canvas. But they don’t look bad.

The inside pockets look great, including a business card holder and an easy-access laptop pocket:


There’s also the Bloke briefcase:

It’s got a detachable strap, leather handles, and a loop for your rolling suitcase. It’s $150.

Lastly, there’s the Kilo dopp kit/carryall, which can connect to either of the above bags:

All of these are available in brown, navy, or black waxed canvas.

Some other nifty rewards are available, including a cord wrap, wallet, and key hook. The keyhook and wallet actually hook together in an interesting way, as demonstrated in the video.

Anyway, check out JbirdCollective, and let me know if you back it!

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