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Published on August 25th, 2013 | by Sarah

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TM1985 Roll Top Sack: Back To School With (Local) Class

It’s definitely back to school time- we’re watching the NYU students roll in, and the local shops fill up with signs offering sales. It’s a great time to consider a new backpack, whether for your classes, travels, or just to stroll around the city on your weekends.

The Roll Top Sack from TM 1985 is one of their first products. They suggest that it “takes a cue from military surplus dry bags” Since then, this Brooklyn-based company has started to produce everything from weekend bags to holster purses. They uphold some pretty challenging design standards including sourcing their materials, and producing their work in America. Their designs are often based on iconic bags that have been put to the test for generations. TM 1985 often skips on frills and chooses to focus on their materials, heavy duty canvas, thick leather, and distressed brass hardware.

I was pretty psyched to review their roll top backpack in Moss. I had pretty high expectations and it met all of them- the hardware was sturdy, the stitching was tight, it was so much stronger than anything that I had owned or thought I would need. It’s almost overkill for my daily routine and weekend trips. If you are used to cheap paper-thin fabrics and plastic zippers, this is a major upgrade, and the sort of bag that you can imagine using for a long time. I’m use to products that break after a year just in time for the new collection, and I’m really happy that this doesn’t seem to be that kind of product.

It’s clear that the ruggedness is more than skin deep and I hope to put it through its trials in the upcoming years (how often do you hear that about a bag?)I should also mention that its main compartment is big enough to fit a 15″ computer nicely with enough room for other necessities. It also has two handy pockets, one external and one internal, and adjustable straps. As with other similar bags, it can be a bit hard to find things inside. The price is definitely higher than your average backpack, running $315, but local, handmade American-made gear is worth supporting.

You can find this and their other products through at tm1985.com.

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Sarah Mimo is easily excitable about the arts and related events. She studied illustration at Pratt institute and has worked as a graphic designer. She currently crafts laser cut clocks (sarahmimo.com) and explores the art/design/crafting events in NYC.



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