About a month ago the kind folks from Colombia based Hasso sent me the beautiful Garcia tote bag you see above. Made by hand in Bogotá, Hasso has embraced a traditional way of making bags, employing “more than 50 skilled artisans who have been working with leather and tailoring since before we were born.”
I’d been a fan of Hasso’s bags for a while now, you can see I posted about them back in 2010. The design of their bags feature silhouettes that are timeless, somewhat familiar seeming, but really pretty unique. I chose to get theGarcia tote bag since I’ve ben on the look out for something that’s a bit nicer than the Monocole tote bag I’d been using. The bag is incredibly made and is actually suited perfectly to the things I carry around on a day-to-day basis.
My usuals are a laptop, two or three magazines, a couple notebooks, some pens, my Apple headphones, a USB cord and my keys. The pens, headphones, USB cord and my keys stow away in the front pouches. The notebooks, magazines and laptop are divided into three sections in the main pouch. What I love is that the main pouch is secured using a piece of leather and a brass ball to keep your laptop from sliding anywhere. The front pouches have a similar leather snap closure, though with a loop so that they don’t come out of place. It’s these simple touches that make the bag feel like your stuf is totally safe.
And as weird as it is to say, I’ve never owned a bag with so many leather pieces to it. It’s been cool to see how pieces like the leather straps have started to get softer and more flexible since I started using it. You can tell that this is one of those bags that will only get better with age. I think the last killer detail to the whole thing is the bright red interior. I think it brings such a lively feeling to the bag that wouldn’t have been there had they chosen to go with some more restrained.
Overall I have to say that I love this bag, and I use it on and off with my Incase bag depending on where I’m going. If I’m riding the bus or my bike I take the Incase. If I’m driving to work or need to go to a nice event I take the Hasso. Funny enough (I swear I had nothing to do with this) Hasso is having a huge sale right now. The bag above is like $50 off, which is a pretty substantial cut. If you’re in the market for a nice bag (they also have some nice backpacks, dop kits and iPad cases) you should hit up their store soon before the sale ends.
I think it’s also good to keep in mind that Hasso is small company using local artisans. It’s always good to support the underdogs.