Sandqvist was founded by Anton Sandqvist in 2004 as well as his company produces a series of canvas as well as leather bags, brief-cases as well as smaller products such as vital fobs and budgets. He is an engineer by training so he recognizes as well as wants the technological side of manufacturing but, more important, he and his bro, that has actually now joined him in the firm, want the outdoors and also fond memories of camping out as well as climbing up in their childhood years with simple and also useful gear. That is not to suggest that their products are simply retro or that they disregard contemporary state-of-the-art materials for regarding half the variety is created in heavy-weight Cordura however, to quote their own journal, “Sandqvist bags are straightforward and also attractive with a clear Swedish heritage.”
They use vegetable-tanned full-grain natural leather as well as a number of their bags remain in cotton canvas that discolors and softens as well as mellows to reflect the means you use them. With my last backpack I obtained tired of searching through endless pockets because I could not keep in mind where something was stored as well as it had clips as well as loops that I never did locate a feature for. With the tiny day pack I bought from Sandqvist there is a basic draw string under the single flap, like an antique duffle bag, as well as a zoomed pocket for small items in the leading flap and a solitary huge deep inner pocket down the back which is perfect for maps. For a day load all you need. Fantastic.
The variety of colours is likewise fantastic. There is a strong dark blue – that somewhat eco-friendly Swedish blue that indicates it really truly isn’t a French Navy – and also a strong brick red – however less orange – and a deep yellow – that is half way in between Sienna and mustard.
Their cellar store in the Södermalm district of Stockholm has been well laid out with some good pieces of traditional Scandinavian furniture and, more crucial, a large pin board for maps and also notes and message cards from friends and customers.
Certainly, many of the bags are made in India, for uncomplicated economic reasons, but this is not always a bad point – conventional leather-working abilities and sewing abilities have made it through in India and the workshop used by Sandqvist not just has these standard abilities but also uses old Swedish sewing equipments.
In a lot of European countries, as accountants drove the relocate to contract out manufacturing, the inevitable consequence was that regional craftsmen were made redundant and their abilities as well as the machinery they needed were lost. Sandqvist is trying to restore the loss and they have actually brought some manufacturing back to Stockholm, working with Magnus Nyström, a leather craftsman that has a workshop in the same district and also has “an enthusiasm for his craft”. Together they are creating a series of brief-cases under the tag Made In Sweden.
Anton Sandqvist admits that the briefcases made in Stockholm are two times as pricey as those he has made in India so truly it is to the customers to make this return to Swedish production a success.
I have actually reviewed this dillema numerous times on this blog however it deserves repeating. Excellent developers hardly ever produce excellent layouts if they do not have a really actual understanding of the materials and craft and also production techniques that will be used to understand their styles. Surely that expertise as well as continuous relationship can best create with the developer and the manufacturer functioning carefully with each other and that is most quickly done by being geographically shut?
For the consumer the choice might not be so right away apparent. Certainly the choice is easy when confronted with two similar items yet one two times the price of the various other?
That’s great if you simply want something in the current colour with the right tag as well as you want a new one next year in whichever colour will be fashionable then. The promiscuous customer looks first at the style press and afterwards at the tag and the price. Neither the thing neither the supplier need to make it through because following season there will be a new tag and a brand-new item.
But maybe the alternative is to search out what you need that will certainly do what you desire now. If it looks appropriate and really feels best as well as you appreciate using it time and again, after that undoubtedly item loyalty becomes more crucial than complying with a rapidly-changing fashion tag. I’m not versus change – simply versus change for modification. A good well-designed item must progress as well as create so, when you lastly have to admit that you require a substitute, something reassuringly similar is offered yet possibly it’s even better.