Misfit Duffel Bag
At the Lab of Misfits, we believe in the power of adventure. It expands the space of possibility and reveals our biases, while increasing our brain’s connectivity to make us more adaptable. But often, when we go on adventures, our 'stuff' weighs us down and letting go becomes more appealing. That’s why we designed the Lab of Misfits duffel. The perfect size for adventure.
Leather: Leather is thick Italian calf and cow skin, which is soft yet strong, reflecting and being resilient to the passage of time and adventure.
Dimensions: 20” high, 32” wide.
Engso is a leather artist who grew up on his family’s small farm in Estonia. Because of the natural ways of his family’s farm dating back hundreds of years, the animals were highly cared for, which is reflected in the quality of skins. This upbringing had a profound impact on Engso as an artist.
Each bag is made from a single piece of leather individually selected from farms in Italy and France, who take great care of their animals. As linings are not used, the quality of the inside of the bag is just as important as the outside. A single piece is used to make each back because it creates a constraint that offers a dialectic between Engso and the process of creation.
He begins by hand-dyeing the leather creating an uneven shading resulting in a visual depth-of-field from an otherwise flat material. Then he soaks the leather in mild water for 50 minutes revealing the underlying nature of the material. Ringing the wet leather creates a further layer of texture to the leather. And while it’s still wet, he then sculpts each bag into a shape thinking not only about space, but also texture, smell and even the sound of the shape. The process can take weeks.
So these bags (and Engso himself) are truly misfit. What you’ll get will be unique to you.
There will be no other in the world like it. And you will feel the care, passion, artistry and functionality that goes into creating each one.