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Inspired by the natural philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, Walden Bags is driven to challenge mass-produced mediocrity with a dedication to handcrafted elegant simplicity.

Over 150 years ago, as the United States was rushing toward both industry and civil war, Thoreau saw that Americans were already caught up in an empty cycle of crass consumerism that deferred living for an ever-receding future. He could have written these words just yesterday:

"Still we live meanly, like ants; though the fable tells us that we were long ago changed Into men; like pygmies we fight with cranes; it is error upon error, and clout upon clout, and our best virtue has for its occasion a superfluous and inevitable wretchedness. Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his…

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About

Inspired by the natural philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, Walden Bags is driven to challenge mass-produced mediocrity with a dedication to handcrafted elegant simplicity.

Over 150 years ago, as the United States was rushing toward both industry and civil war, Thoreau saw that Americans were already caught up in an empty cycle of crass consumerism that deferred living for an ever-receding future. He could have written these words just yesterday:

"Still we live meanly, like ants; though the fable tells us that we were long ago changed Into men; like pygmies we fight with cranes; it is error upon error, and clout upon clout, and our best virtue has for its occasion a superfluous and inevitable wretchedness. Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest.

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a Hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail. In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quick-sands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds. Simplify, simplify. Instead of three meals a day, if it be necessary eat but one; instead of a hundred dishes, five; and reduce other things in proportion."

Henry D. Thoreau, Walden, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For"


Foregoing superficial distractions and dedicating itself to the essentials, Walden Bags takes a stand against mass-produced mediocrity by even the well known brands.

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