I designed The Highlander as a highly organized, carry-on approved travel bag…made to open flat, so you never have to unpack it, to be quick and easy to get through airport security…and compact enough to carry everything you need for trips up to four days.
July 19, 2019
A fourth-generation leather maker surpasses its campaign goal, raising more than $9,000 from crowdfunders for its new, high-quality and well-priced “Highlander Travel Bag” on Kickstarter.
Made from weatherproof leather directly from the founder’s family-owned tannery and designed to simplify travel, The Highlander is perfect for short trips or daily use at school or work.
MNML Leather creates beautiful, functional and high-quality leather goods designed to make life easier. Each product is made with a proprietary, weatherproof leather directly from their own tannery. MNML Founder Mitch Bank was inspired to create The Highlander Travel Bag after growing frustrated with the hassle of unpacking during his frequent short-term trips, and the inconvenience of getting through airport security checkpoints.
“I don’t think of it as a bag…it’s more of a travel system,” Bank said. “I designed The Highlander as a highly organized, carry-on approved travel bag. It’s made to open flat, so you never have to unpack it, to be quick and easy to get through airport security and compact enough to carry everything you need for trips up to four days. There’s no more checked luggage and the frustration that comes with it.”
Bank represents his family’s fourth generation in the leather business, which started in the 1940s when his great-grandfather immigrated to Canada with his family after surviving the Holocaust. He started as a cowhide trader with his brother and eventually built their own hide plant in Toronto.
“Inspired by my family history, I decided to chart my own course to create beautiful, functional and well-made leather goods, using the highest quality leather from my family’s own tannery,” he said. “It means a lot to me to continue my family legacy.”
Over more than seven decades, Bank’s family has sold leather across the globe, and now owns Wicket and Craig of America – one of two remaining vegetable tanneries in the United States. Wicket & Craig is the only tannery in the world capable of tanning this specific weatherproof leather using its proprietary process, and supplies leather to many of the top fashion brands around the world.
“Most other high-quality leather bags are unreasonably expensive, but The Highlander is, what I call, ‘reasonable luxury,’” Bank said. “It’s beautiful, tough and priced well, especially considering the quality of the materials and level of manufacturing involved in production.”
The Highlander’s features include:
Organized pockets for easy packing
- A full perimeter zipper that allows the bag to lay flat, providing easy access to everything inside.
- A separate laptop pocket for easy access
- A TSA-friendly front pocket designed to help speed users through airport security.
- A zipper pocket for chargers
- A shoe pocket
- An internal pocket for small items that are easy to lose
- Weatherproof leather (a proprietary trade secret)
- Weatherproof canvas
- Waterproof, smell-proof, easy-clean lining
- Felt-padded shoulder straps
- A multi-purpose handle that easily fits atop most roller luggage when needed
- A simple, unisex design
In addition to travel, The Highlander is versatile enough to be used as the ideal day-bag for touring a city, enjoying a theme park, or going on a hike. It may also be used as a gym or even a diaper bag – and is stylish enough to take to the office.
To find out more about the unique Highlander Travel Bag, or to purchase the bag while it’s offered at a special early-bird crowdfunding price, visit The Highlander Campaign Page on Kickstarter.
About MNML Leather
Inspired by family history, The MNML Leather creates beautiful, functional and well-made leather goods, using the highest quality leather from their family owned tannery. Each product is made with three principles in mind:
1. Minimalism – Minimalist designs allow users to carry only what they need and nothing more.
2. Functionality – This is the backbone of everything they create. Each product by The MNML is designed to make life easier.
3. Quality – All MNML products are made by an experienced team of leather artisans, using the highest quality materials available.
It is their belief that, as long as they stick to these principles, they will continue to create products that go above and beyond. For more information visit mnmlleather.com.