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Flight Satchel 2.0 - Heirloom-quality Leather Bag For Those Who Travel Light.

Flight Satchel 2.0 - Heirloom-quality Leather Bag For Those Who Travel Light.

A modern leather bag that will last a lifetime, handcrafted in Chicago by Allegory.

$56,928
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The Flight Satchel

Flight Satchel 2.0 is a collection of leather bags for those who love to travel light. Its heirloom-quality construction is minimalist and timeless. With two styles, two sizes, three standard colorways, two closure options, and options to customize even further, you're sure to find the perfect every day leather bag.



The main compartment, closed with either a snap-flap or zipper, is perfect for a laptop, tablet, or portfolio. The lay-flat exterior pockets offer tons of storage.


The Story

It all started with a single design (now the Large Mailbag) that our customers loved. Here's what just a few have had to say about that original design:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My daily bag for over 4 years... Jon H. October 2, 2021
Love this bag! It's the perfect size for every day use. It's been through hell and back. I've used it every day for over four years. Holds my laptop, journal, cords and pens, random stuff and whatever couple books I'm reading. I get tons of compliments on it, and I love how the leather is aging. I expect this to be accompanying me wherever I go 20 years from now. Never had a single problem with the zippers, snaps, strap, etc...Ageless class. Personally recommended the bag to several friends over the years. Thank you!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐You need this satchel, Julie Whalen, January 10, 2022
This satchel is truly as well made and soft as it looks. The construction is outstanding and the leather is soft, yet strong. The shape and design are eye catching and it functions just as advertised. I’m thrilled with the quality for the cost! Bravo Allegory Goods!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Everything I hoped it would be and more! Deanna, April 17, 2022
...The bag is amazing. It is so well-constructed and fits way more than I thought it would! I’ve been trekking to and from the office with my 17” laptop, mouse, iPad, two notebooks, a pen, plus hand sanitizer, mints, Kleenex and other various items. I clip my water bottle to the carabiner. It’s perfect. I’ve already gotten many compliments.

With this project we've expanded the Flight Satchel to a full collection tailored to different tastes and device sizes. And we're excited to get your feedback along the way.


Designed to Work

“The design is not just what it looks like and feels like. The design is how it works” 
— Steve Jobs.

We focus our design approach on the fact that our products have a job to do. We create beautiful things by making them fit perfectly into your life. We call it "conscious luxury" - it's about living the good life, but doing so with substance.

Minimalist Shell Design
The secret to heirloom-quality without the huge price tag? Focus. The shell of the Flight Satchel comes from a modern and minimal design approach with old-school craftsmanship. The Flight Satchel is made from two solid pieces of 4.5 oz leather lined with bull denim. Cheaply made bags use lots of small pieces of leather held together with glue. This process creates failure points at the seams. We don't cut any corners with the Flight Satchel.



Durable Construction
The outer shell pieces are stitched together using an inverted top stitch. This reinforced construction, coupled with the quality heavyweight leather, make the shell more durable than automotive upholstery that lasts for decades.


Clutter-free Main Compartment
The main compartment of the Flight Satchel is lined with heavy-duty 12 oz bull denim (soft and strong).



The Flight Satchel is a minimalist hybrid of a tech sleeve and bag. The interior main compartment holds your most important carry item whether it's a laptop, tablet, portfolio, or documents without all the extra interior pockets or space to accumulate clutter.



Secure Closure - Improved with Backer Feedback!!
The original design for the Flight Satchel featured the snapping flap closure pictured throughout most of the project. After receiving some valuable feedback from backers and would-be-backers throughout the first two weeks of the project we redesigned the closure options for the Flight Satchel to include two options. If you want to read more about how these design changes came to be check out our update and comment with your own ideas for how to improve the Flight Satchel.

Backers will choose which closure they want for their Flight Satchel in the post-project survey along with the leather color and other customizations.

Snap Closure - Line 24 snaps close the main compartment of the Flight Satchel for easy but secure access. We have modified the design for this snap closure to make sure the flap lays nice and flat as pictured below.



Zippered Closure - Or choose a zippered closure featuring the same high quality YKK zippers on the exterior of the bag.



Clean and Functional Pockets
We rethought the way traditional leather-work constructs pockets. We swap out bulky, specialized storage that gets in the way when it's not in use in favor of slim, minimalist, and multi-purpose pockets. The interior of the storage pockets is lined with soft yet durable bull denim on one side and suede on the other.



Large Back Pocket
The back of the Flight Satchel features a large zippered pocket ideal for tablets, writing pads, magazines, or other miscellaneous storage.



Carabiner Clip
Our small but mighty carabiner hardware holds up to 200 lbs. Useful for attaching your keys or water bottle when carrying your Flight Satchel, or clipping to the handle of your carry on when you’re traveling.



Comfort Cotton Web Strap
We think our webbing will be the most comfortable you've used, especially after it breaks in. Its thickness adds durability and ensures that weight is distributed evenly, the perfect shoulder strap. The strap length is adjustable for all sizes of human.



Styles, Sizes and Colorways

Sizes and Styles


What's The Best Place For My Charger?
We've found that for laptops with a modern chargers (apple etc.), the charger fits easily in the largest utility pocket on the front of the Flight Satchel. We recommend wrapping the cord separately rather than around the charger itself, but that's mostly for aesthetics. If you have a bulkier charger or an international outlet adapter to consider you may want to go with a large sized bag, or consider using the large back pocket for charger storage on a regular sized bag.

New Design! - Laptop Sleeve

We're excited to introduce our new laptop sleeve inspired by the Flight Satchel, perfect if you like the idea but already love your current bag. Backers can choose between three sizes and three colorways in the post project survey. Fits laptops and tablets from 12-16" with lots of extra storage. Made with the same materials, design, and guarantee as the Flight Satchel.



The Colorways

The Flight Satchel is available in three standard colorways: saddle, coffee, and charcoal. You'll choose your preferred color in the post-project survey.

Spotlight: Regular Mailbag

Regular Mailbag Front, pictured in coffee leather.

Regular Mailbag Back, pictured in coffee leather.

For sizing reference, the model is 5'5'' tall.

Specifications

  • Vertically oriented.
  • Exterior bag dimensions: 11.6 x 14.75 inches
  • Interior main (laptop) compartment size: 10.5 x 14.5 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb 4 oz

Pocket Sizes

  1. Top Loading Sleeve (4.25 x 8 inches): Ideal for phones, glasses/shades in a case, or battery packs.
  2. Zippered Utility Pocket (4.25 x 6.75 inches): Side loading, ideal for pocket notebooks, AirPods, small charging cables, wallets, and other small daily carry items.
  3. Zippered Utility Pocket (9.25 x 3.74 inches): Top loading, ideal for laptop charger, cables, battery packs, etc.
  4. Back (not pictured) - Large Zippered Utility Pocket (9 x 11.75 inches): Ideal for tablets, writing pads, documents and folders, magazines, books, etc.

Spotlight: Large Mailbag

Large Mailbag Front (pictured in saddle leather)

Large Mailbag Back (pictured in saddle leather)

For sizing reference, the model is 6'4''.



For sizing reference, the model is 6'4''.

Specifications

  • Vertically oriented.
  • Exterior bag dimensions: 14 x 16.75 inches
  • Interior main (laptop) compartment size: 12 x 14 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb 7 oz

Pocket Sizes

  1. Top Loading Sleeve (4.25 x 7.25 inches): Ideal for phones, glasses/shades in a case, or battery packs.
  2. Zippered Utility Pocket (5.5 x 7 inches): Top loading, ideal for pocket notebooks, AirPods, small charging cables, wallets and other small daily carry items.
  3. Zippered Utility Pocket (9 x 5.5 inches): Top loading, ideal for laptop charger, cables, battery packs, etc.
  4. Pen Sleeve (1.5 x 5.5 inches): Ideal for writing instruments big and small.
  5. Back (not pictured) - Large Zippered Utility Pocket (10.75 x 13.5 inches): Ideal for tablets, writing pads, documents and folders, magazines, books, etc.

Spotlight: Regular Messenger

Regular Messenger Bag Front (pictured in saddle leather)

Regular Messenger Bag Back (pictured in saddle leather)


For sizing reference, the model is 6'.


For sizing reference, the model is 6'4''.

Specifications

  • Horizontally oriented.
  • Exterior bag dimensions: 14.6 x 11 inches
  • Interior main (laptop) compartment size: 13.75 x 10.25 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb 3 oz

Pocket Sizes

  1. Top Loading Sleeve (4.25 x 8 inches): Ideal for phones, glasses/shades in a case, or battery packs.
  2. Pen Sleeve (1.25 x 6 inches): Ideal for writing instruments big and small.
  3. Zippered Utility Pocket (7.5 x 6 inches): Top loading, ideal for laptop charger, cables, battery packs, etc.
  4. Back (not pictured) - Large Zippered Utility Pocket (12.75 x 8.75 inches): Ideal for tablets, writing pads, documents and folders, magazines, books, etc.

Spotlight: Large Messenger

Large Messenger Bag Front (pictured in charcoal leather)

Large Messenger Bag Back (pictured in charcoal leather)

For size reference, the model is 6'4''.


For size reference, the model is 6'4''.

Specifications

  • Horizontally oriented.
  • Exterior bag dimensions: 15.4 x 13 inches
  • Interior main (laptop) compartment size: 14.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb 9 oz

Pocket Sizes

  1. Top Loading Sleeve (4.25 x 8 inches): Ideal for phones, glasses/shades in a case, or battery packs.
  2. Two Pen Sleeve (1.25 x 6 inches): Ideal for writing instruments big and small.
  3. Zippered Utility Pocket (8.25 x 8 inches): Top loading, ideal for laptop charger, cables, battery packs, etc.
  4. Back (not pictured) - Large Zippered Utility Pocket (13.25 x 10 inches): Ideal for tablets, writing pads, documents and folders, magazines, books, etc.

Make it Custom!

We're offering two levels of customization for this project: 1) The Personalized Flight Satchel and 2) Artisan Custom Flight Satchel. If you want to get extra fancy with different thread colors, engravings, and even different pockets and overall sizing keep reading.

The Personalized Flight Satchel

When you pledge for a Personalized Flight Satchel you'll get more options to customize the look and make it yours. Personalized Flight Satchels are available in the same two sizes (regular or large) and styles (messenger or mailbag).


Choose component colors individually, make your own colorway!
  • Leather (three colors - saddle, coffee, charcoal)
  • Stitching (10+ options in the colors of the rainbow and neutrals)
  • Strap (three colors - light brown, dark brown, black)
  • Zippers (two colors - brown or black)


Add engraving.
  • Logo, quote, or name
  • Choose your typeface (serif, sans serif, script)
  • Placed wherever you'd like on the bag


The Artisan Custom Flight Satchel

When you pledge for an Artisan Custom Flight Satchel, you'll be able to customize it to your exact specifications. Like one of the designs but wish it was horizontal instead of vertical? Want to resize the bag to make it a glove fit for your tablet or laptop? Need a custom pocket for your favorite thing? Want to add RFID protection to a pocket? Choose the Artisan Custom Flight Satchel pledge and all of this is possible. We'll work together to dream up your perfect bag and make it happen.

We want the customization process to be fast and easy for small changes, while still allowing for a deep dive into the details when needed. So you'll receive a survey with some basic questions. Then we'll review your answers and suggest a next step. The next step could be having you approve a mock-up, or doing a live video call design session with Chad. 

The Artisan Custom Flight Satchel includes all options from the Personalized Flight Satchel, plus the complete customization.

Matching Add-Ons

Fill those Flight Satchel pockets with matching gear for your adventures. Add $12 to your pledge for each add-on you'd like included with your bag, or mix and match four for $40. Stay tuned throughout the project for additional add-on choices.

Here's a complete guide for how to add to your pledge.


The Rest of the Story (Details)

We believe that a product should break in, not wear out. Our products are designed with decades in mind, and we guarantee them for life, so we don’t cut any corners on the materials. Our Ecuadorian latigo leather is sustainably sourced with a close eye on farming practices and is designed to last with touches like a hydrophobic treatment that repels water for hours. YKK zippers, top notch hardware, and soft yet rugged bull denim round out the uncompromising construction. 

Most leather goods are made using splits, paper-thin slices of the hide that can be sewn like cloth. Splits lower material and production costs but also reduce durability. That's not a compromise we're willing to make so we created new construction techniques that allow us to use 4.5 oz leather in full. It's the sort of thing you'll feel right away and only appreciate more five to ten years from now when your bag looks better than it did new.

We also rethought the way traditional leather-work constructs pockets. We swap out bulky, specialized storage that gets in the way when it's not in use in favor of slim, minimalist, and multi-purpose pockets. The storage pockets are lined with soft yet durable bull denim.

All our products are made in our studio just outside of Chicago by a team who loves their work just as much as they love the goofy dogs they bring to the shop. Everyone who works with us is paid a living wage.

No questions asked. No paperwork needed. You'll love it on day one and day 10,000. It's the simplest and most powerful guarantee we could create. If we made it, it is guaranteed for life. We will repair or replace anything. If you buy it, you'll love it. If you don't, we'll work with you until you do, or you can return it for a full refund. If you lose it, or it gets destroyed outside of reasonable use, we'll sell you a replacement at half price. Lots of companies use words like "reasonable use" as a loophole. We don't. Wear and tear is part of reasonable use, and it is covered.

Why Crowdfund With Us?

About This Project

Communication
BackerKit has some fun new communication features we want to use, so we'll only be sending updates during the live project when there's something important that everyone needs to know. If you want to follow things more closely, check out the Community Tab. We have created several discussions on various topics about the project, including things we are looking for backer feedback on. You will be automatically subscribed to updates for that discussion if you comment. After the project is over, you can expect regular updates from us on the progress we are making. Each update will create a new discussion in the Community Tab. 

It was because of great communication with our backers that we've already been able to improve the design of the Flight Satchel, modifying the snap closure and adding an option for a zippered closure. Join the conversation in the Community Tab!

Fulfillment Timeline
If you've backed crowdfunding projects before, you're probably used getting updates as designs are finalized, pre-production samples are approved, and other steps are completed in an outsourced manufacturing process. And all that culminates in a big shipment of product where everyone gets their stuff around the same time.

Allegory projects work a little differently because we manufacture in our Chicago studio and ship each item as soon as it's ready. We crowdfund our projects so we can order large amounts of raw materials and get backers involved in helping finalize product design decisions. The first Flight Satchels will ship within a few weeks of the project closing, and we will be making weekly shipments from there on. Here are the key things you need to know:

  • In 20+ projects over 10 years, we've never left a backer hanging - even in crazy cases, like when backers take 2-3 years to complete their post project survey. We treat every pledge as a promise that never expires. 
  • We share frequent updates, and in each one, we will make sure you have our customer service contact info: service@allegorygoods.com. So if something comes up, and your reward needs to be prioritized, let us know. An email to our service team will usually result in your rewards being batched in the next 1-2 weeks.
  • Keep us posted if you're planning to use your Flight Satchel for an upcoming trip, birthday/holiday gift, or other deadline you would like us to keep in mind. 
  • Once you receive your Flight Satchel, it will be covered by our lifetime guarantee. We'll fix or replace it forever, no questions asked. 
  • We anticipate starting to ship rewards at the end of August and completing the project before the end of fall (depending on how large the project becomes). 

Shipping Estimates
We will ask you for your shipping address in the post-project survey and collect shipping fees then. Estimated shipping rates based on one Flight Satchel:
  • USPS Priority Mail to USS: $8-10
  • USPS First Class International to CA, GB & EU: $20-26
  • AU, NZ & Rest of World: $28-32


About Allegory

There's something special that happens when a product is made with love. You can't fake that joy - it's contagious. Our Chicago-area workshop is nothing if not joyful with the antics of our team's dogs Stan and Oatie.

From the left: Julie, Ellie, Stan (dog), Chad, Trish, Oatie (dog), Jess

Founders Chad and Jess started Allegory in 2012 with the help of a couple hundred awesome Kickstarter backers. Our mission is to raise the bar for what people expect from products and brands. We believe that products should be made to last, have a story you can be proud of, and have a positive impact on all the people they touch along the way. We're honored to have completed 20+ crowdfunding projects with thousands of backers.

Chad/Allegory's Creator Bio on Kickstarter


Here are some comments from customers and backers of our past projects:

Beautiful product. Best service of any Kickstarter I have been involved in. These are really genuine people who care about the customer and put so much love into the products. Can’t recommend them more highly. Watch for future products from Grove!
- Mark, Superbacker

Today I received my new black leather journal in Netherlands. This is extremely beautiful ! Thanks for all the love you have put into this piece of master craft. I will for sure always carry it with me. Kind regards, Doro
- Dorothee Appel

I picked up a Padfolio because notebooks tend to take a beating in my briefcase. I had it customized to accommodate standard composition-type notebooks instead of a legal pad. Now my notebooks are well-protected. The extra pockets hold enough writing utensils and accessories, making my new Padfolio an elegant "grab and go" solution if I don't want to lug the whole briefcase along. Now all I need is a pen to complete the set, and I have my eye on a 1941 or Cap.... :)
- Erik Carlson

I received my A5 Portfolio, Pocket Journal and Wallet today. The quality is second to none. I could not be happier with any of the items. I read the note that came with it and gave immediate and multiple [leather care] treatments and it already looks amazing. I look forward to many years of use ahead! Thank you so much!
- Benjamin Hammerich, Superbacker

Just wanted to say thanks for a great campaign. Your product turned out awesome, my dad loved the pen we backed for his xmas present. Your communication was excellent and you took us on the journey with you. Job well done!
- Steve Camp, Superbacker

The Long Haul leather wrapped ink pen and notebook are outstanding.  The workmanship is unparalleled. I participated in the project with the thought of giving it to my wife for her birthday. I am not sure I can part with it now. I should have gotten two!
- Daryl, Kickstarter Backer

I've received the Make 100 pen and wallet! So happy that I get that preferred serial number I didn't get last time! All your pens are so durable! ...I may end up keeping this leather series for myself instead since the stitching is so well-made! I can't wait for your next awesome pen project. Thanks a lot Chad!
- JieHui Gan, Kickstarter Backer

Received my pen and wallet today. WOW! This pen is unlike anything I’ve ever owned and I cannot wait to use it! The patina on this thing will be 🔥🔥🔥
-  BG1256, Superbacker