TORNISTER leather bag 08/2009

A new interpretation of a traditional swiss 'tornister'. A leather backpack covered with cow fur. The venerable handcraft, usage and materials of the old object is kept and transferd to a bag that suits todays lifestyle. The usually horizontal layout is turned upright, to make it easier to walk in a crowd and for wearing the bag whilst cycling. All measurements are adapted to accommodated a laptop as well as other common devices. A side handle makes it easier to lift the tornister off ones bag and carry it comfortably by hand. The leather bag is part of la POYA, a project which stands for transfer of traditional Swiss craftwork qualities into the contemporary context of product design. Each of the objects is manufatured by small domestic enterprises in Switzerland, specaliest each on a specific traditional manufacturing technique. More about the project on