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In 2001 I was in school in Taipei, Taiwan. Unless you want your back covered in sweat, wearing a backpack in Taipei is not much of an option. It was then I was converted to messenger bags. I loved the cross-body style and having the bag right there at your side so that you don't have to take the bag off and put it back on each time you want to get into it. After my first bag wore out, I wanted to replace it with a leather bag. At the time I was in Japan, and despite finding styles I liked, I couldn't find them in leather. To my surprise I found that there are basically only two designs out there for leather messenger bags. There's the traditional half-flap, double-pouch bag and the more modern, plain-styled rectangle with a flat flap. Why no pouch on the front? Plus, having to unhook two buckles and then re-hook them each time I wanted to get in the bag got a little tiring; I already struggle with whether or not to untie my shoes when…

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  • Joined February 23, 2011

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In 2001 I was in school in Taipei, Taiwan. Unless you want your back covered in sweat, wearing a backpack in Taipei is not much of an option. It was then I was converted to messenger bags. I loved the cross-body style and having the bag right there at your side so that you don't have to take the bag off and put it back on each time you want to get into it. After my first bag wore out, I wanted to replace it with a leather bag. At the time I was in Japan, and despite finding styles I liked, I couldn't find them in leather. To my surprise I found that there are basically only two designs out there for leather messenger bags. There's the traditional half-flap, double-pouch bag and the more modern, plain-styled rectangle with a flat flap. Why no pouch on the front? Plus, having to unhook two buckles and then re-hook them each time I wanted to get in the bag got a little tiring; I already struggle with whether or not to untie my shoes when I take them off or just to save time by yanking them off and forcing them back on. I don't need the same dilemma with my bag. Eventually I gave up on looking for the type of bag I wanted. With experience in leather upholstery, I decided to put my industrial machine to use and make a leather bag for myself. In the process I thought: I wonder if anyone else is looking for a style outside of the same two types. And thus was the beginning of Ekte Leather.

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