If at first it’s the name that draws one in, NutSac Bags intends potential customers to stick around for its product. Founded six years ago in Oregon, the brand which first started designing disc golf bags is in the midst of expanding its authentic and American-made product line through Kickstarter nearing the finish line. Although customers might appreciate the quirky name, it’s the lack of pretentiousness that’s likely to leave a mark for buyers. Throw in the fact that the bags are made using domestic waxed canvas and leather, and there’s an even greater draw for customers.
Currently, the company’s Kickstarter campaign is offering a choice between four styles — ranging from its flagship MPD, or “Man Purse, Dammit” to two satchels and a roll-top messenger big enough for a 15″ laptop. The MPD can be scooped up right now for the Kickstarter price of $69, while the messenger is priced at $269 compared to $289 retail now through August 20. As of press time, the campaign’s total sat at just under $11,000 exceptionally close to its initial goal of $11,500.
While its larger expansion gets up to speed, its disc golf offerings including a beer holster and the standard bag, are made in American and yet can be picked up as far away as Finland.
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The American-made impetus and focus on quality is one that founder Greg Kise believes can spearhead a new focus on manufacturing in the States. That ideal and a focus on transparency is something that’s been championed in recent years by brands big and small but particularly small-batch product makers like Noble Denim and Gustin. Bringing the focus back to America dovetails off the idea of paying for quality product made right, something that first caught steam during the menswear revolution in the mid-to-early 2000s. It’s a focus that still resonates with customers today, the brand said.
“Our mission is to change the way American men think about small bags,” said Matt David, the brand’s director of marketing. To that end, the company’s even produced what it calls a “man purse manifesto,” which aims to free men from the “tyranny of too much stuff” in their pockets. Smaller items like the MPD provide just enough space for the essential everyday carry items, but bags like the 15-inch wide, 11-inch tall roll-top messenger offer enough space for a laptop and power supply, plus space for three open organizer pockets.
The specs on items like the top-grain leather satchel are impressive, too. Made from cotton duck canvas with a Martexin Original wax finish, the bag should only get better with age. Heavy cotton webbing ensures the bag’s stress points hold up, while the 5.5 oz. American-made leather detailing should also last long beyond its buying price. The other version of the satchel keeps the same detailing and aesthetic but offers a cleaner magnetic closure on the interior.
Carrying smaller bags, such as satchels and the like, is something American men have been slower to pick up on in comparison to their counterparts overseas. It’s a trend borne out of functionality that now extends to the virtual runways outside fashion shows, too. And the MPD might soon be thrown into that lexicon. As the brand’s “man purse manifesto” says, “one man standing alone is crazy. Two is a conspiracy. But together, it’s a revolution.”
Learn more about the brand and contribute to its Kickstarter campaign at the link.
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