Why This Product?
Cabal’s take on the backpack re-looks at the classic item as a daily “Kit” of sorts which is why Kītō opens up like a stationery kit when placed on the table.
Designed For Common Habits
After 3 years of observing the habits around backpacks, Cabal noticed backpacks placed frequently on coffee shop tables, benches, and floors - mostly laying down. Frequently users zip and unzip the pack to get items in and out. During this time the users tend to
Placed on a table, Cabal's center zip allows for retrieval of items without a large flap/mouth to have to hold open. Placed on it's side and on the floor, the side zip allows for a "file cabinet" phenomenon where the user can easily flip through books, documents or anything else.
Mitigates Digging For Your Computer
To get to the laptop which is nearer to the table top, use the side-zip and access the dedicated computer sleeve. The computer can only be accessed from the side zip, keeping it protected. The main pocket can be accessed from both center and the side giving free access to everything else.
Diminishes Table Space Hoarding
Instead of taking up double the real estate when opening a full mouthed clamshell, Kītō's center zip allows you to considerately occupy only the necessary table space.
Invisible Grab Handle
The grab handle is integrated into the backpack's yoke, allowing for a more supported grab handle at the point of weight pull instead of being somewhere else. The curvature of the handle accommodates different widths of hands, naturally while retaining it's solidity instead of opting for a single size which tends to accommodate certain "normal users" leaving other smaller or larger handed users un-designed for in the details.
Cabal Crafted is interested in moving toward a culture where the skill of human hands is not made obsolete, which is why Cabal Crafted insists on designing specifically with manual processes in mind. This helps to increase design value, without decreasing the value and centrality of being connected to other humans, and their work.
The waxed canvas body and leather straps are cut by hand, and sewn with vintage Japanese industrial machines. Natural vegetable tanned leather straps are hand-coated with natural beeswax for water resistance, and leather edges are hand dyed and finished.
Materials / Care
Cabal Crafted uses materials that value change and maturity. The hope is that your relationship to the object changes into a relationship with a faithful life companion.
The leathers used by Cabal Crafted are all tanned with vegetable matter. Because of this - the leather will age with exposure to oils, sunlight, the elements and according to the user's own habits. Cabal Crafted recommends Skidmore's leather cream to clean, condition and protect the leather. Your unique cut of leather and its grain will wear from sunlight, oils and elements. This turns the piece from "an" object, into "your" object.
The 100% cotton canvas Cabal Crafted uses is free of environmentally harmful formic acids, thermosets, or thermoplastics. Because the canvas fibers are drenched in the wax instead of having only a top coat, the canvas is easily cleanable with a clean horse-hair brush.
Design as a way of life
What we practice becomes our habit. If we practice accummulating meaningless 'stuff' and make a habit of discarding the things that surround us, then it's no surprise that we throw away other humans and relationships: it has become our habit as a culture. Cabal Crafted is interested in cultivating a diferent culture, one where what we value is not discarded but repaired.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the dialogue about how Cabal Crafted can repair the Cabal piece that's grown valuable to you. Please be ready to present your "Craft Contemplation Card" as proof of your purchase.