For Local Heroes, Trakke designed and produced the Fingal and Assynt 12 – two new backpacks in bright blue waxed cotton fabric. Based in Glasgow, Trakke is known for designing equipment that is durable, versatile and uses time-tested materials and components to create bags that thrive out in the wild – equipment that blurs the line between kit and companion.
“For us, a backpack is the perfect souvenir – originating in Scotland, it serves as a reminder, but it’s also a statement of intent – the intent to travel, explore and experience the world. It marks the start of a bigger adventure.” Says founder and designer Alec Farmer.
Alec describes how the Fingal backpack is designed for urban explorers; “with a minimal aesthetic and discreet detailing, it’s designed to traverse the urban landscape with ease, whatever the weather. The generous zip closure provides easy access to all your gear and the subtle front pocket is ideal for stowing your daily essentials while you’re on the move.”
Inspired by classic mountaineering equipment, the Assynt 12 is a backpack built for any adventure. With a minimal design and modular functionality, it’s adaptable to any environment – from the meeting room to a mountain bothy. “The Assynt 12 is designed for day-long adventures. We’ve stripped it back to the bare essentials, making it light, compact and versatile. Made from Scottish waxed cotton, it’s built to withstand the worst of the weather, and with our signature stainless steel hardware, it’s a bag you can rely on every single day.”
Founded in the front room of a Glasgow tenement, Trakke has outgrown its market-stall roots and become a luxury brand with international appeal. Now operating from a flagship workshop in the heart of the city, Trakke seeks to reconnect consumers with the provenance of the products they buy, engaging them with the production process as their bags are handmade to order by skilled artisans.
Trakke’s simple, understated designs use as many British manufactured components as possible and the company puts quality and longevity at the heart of its ethos.