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LePak Jr Convertible Backpack Messenger Bag

Le Pak Jr is a full grain leather messenger bag which converts into a backpack. BUT, not like any convertible that you've ever seen. READ MORE

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  • Le Pak Jr is a full grain leather messenger bag which converts into a backpack. BUT, not like any convertible that you've ever seen.

    This convertible not only meets high durability standards but it is the first convertible I've seen that will carry as comfortably as a full blown backpack.
    That's because of the 2 inch wide contoured shoulder strap which articulates 3 different ways to fit more comfortably on your shoulders and move as your body moves.


    My 10 years as a Search and Rescue and National Ski Patrol volunteer have shown me that the one uncompromising characteristic of a backpack is how comfortably it will carry your stuff and
    FACE IT... the skinny non contoured shoulder straps they put on other convertible messenger bags/backpacks I have seen just DO NOT cut it! The product video below shows a lot of the details of this bag and also explains the inspiration and origins behind it.

    It took 20 years to develop the skills and proprietary techniques to make this bag and
    it's the combination of those 20 years of skill building combined with my 10 years of experience with Search and Rescue which have gone into making the perfect convertible Messenger Bag/Backpack.

    The problem with every Convertible I have seen is that they are either too small to get the job done or they come with a "token" shoulder strap conversion which just cannot handle and carry the weight comfortably.
    One essential element to carrying something on your shoulders is COMFORT.
    This is one of the MAIN issues I spent the last 3 years addressing by developing and field testing on several backpacks I made... building a shoulder strap configuration which would carry your load with comfort.
    So, whether your backpack shoulder straps are permanent or removable as in this conversion, they will carry your load with comfort and will not break down with extended use. DIMENSIONS:
    14h x 11w x 3-1/4d inches (inside space). This will hold a 15 inch laptop plus a whole lot more. Snap in DROP POCKET:
    8h x 6w inches
    2 pockets in front
    1 secret pocket in the back COMPRESSION STRAPS:
    The worst thing is have straps which are too short. So we made our long.
    Your bag comes with 2 sets (total of 4) 1 inch wide compression straps with adjustment hardware.
    2 - 18 inch compression straps for the side and 2 - 28 inch straps for the bottom.
    IF they are too long for what you carry then just cut them to size and put a lighter to cut edge to seal it so it doesn't fray.

    The black webbing used for adjusting the length of your shoulder straps is intentionally made long. We want them to fit your body and that's a factor of height and torso length. It's really simple to remove any additional length.
    Once you have made the necessary adjustments and they fit perfectly, just leave some extra on there (6 or 8 inches or so), cut off the rest and then use a lighter on the edge to seal the webbing and prevent fraying.

    Rustic Brown is our standard leather. It's tanned in Italy.
    Bison is a newer leather for us and tanned in America from Bison and not Cow. It has more striations and neck type wrinkles (everyone's favorite) and more pullup which gives this newer leather a greater rustic potential.

    At this time this bag is available in either our Rustic Brown or Bison only. These are heavier leathers, are very durable, dependable and will wear for many generations. While it would look pretty awesome in Sailboat Blue or Crimson Red or Bronze, these leathers are just too thin. HOWEVER, if you would like this bag in another one of our leathers then shoot us an email. The cost would be 2x the regular cost because of the additional labor, reinforcements and more than double the material cost. Your bag would be entirely leather lined if we did this because we would need to laminate 2 pieces of leather together for every piece.

    Every pack/bag is made to order. Please ALLOW 6-8 WEEKS TO MAKE AND SHIP:

    Remember to watch the product video of this Convertible Messenger Bag/Backpack, including how I came to make this and the inspiration behind it.

    See the Options tab above for more details.

  • When ordering you can choose:

    COLOR:  Rustic Brown or Bison

    HARDWARE: Solid Brass in 2 finishes, Antique Brass & Nickel Matte

    see the Our Materials tab above for more info on our leather and hardware

  • Shipping:
    Our items are shipped with $9.95 flat rate shipping via USPS 1st class or Priority mail. Transit times are usually 2-3 days, counting Saturday but not Sunday.

    All of our items come with a 30-day hassle-free return policy.

    Read our full policy here.

    *Personalized and Custom items are not refundable.


    Read more about our guarantee here.

  • While we are your Makers and you know exactly where your leather goods come from, it’s also important to know the source of the materials we use in making them for you. If you would like more info about our products and sources then let’s connect to discuss.

    Italian Leather: Our Primary Ingredient

    Our Italian Leather

    We are soft leather experts and have developed proprietary techniques for working with softer Chrome tanned Italian leathers.

    Unlike the stiffer, belt like, Vegetable tanned leathers, our leathers are soft right out of the box. Like the blue jeans you wear that only get softer and more comfortable with age, our leathers will immediately conform to your lifestyle and develop a great patina over time, making your life’s adventures more memorable and meaningful.

    Unbranded English Cow –Chrome/Oil tanned - Full Grain – Struck thru (dyed all the way thru the hide) Tanned in Italy – Unavailable anywhere else in the world.We worked with a 6th Generation tannery in Italy for 2 years to develop our proprietary leather.

    View our Processes and Proprietary soft leather-working techniques

    Hand-torn European Fine Art & Writing papers

    European fine Paper

    We offer you a choice of 3 European, hand-torn papers: Arches Text Wove, Frankfurt White, and Frankfurt Creme.

    Whether you write, draw or do both... using anything from a fountain pen to watercolor brushes, you will have the perfect paper.

    Our Standard paper is Arches Text Wove. The Frankfurt papers are our premium papers and while made more for fountain pens, work very well for water coloring too.

    Our papers are all 120gsm in weight which give them the body you will love.
    They will not feather or bleed with a fountain pen and are acid free. You can also watercolor on our papers. They take light and heavy washes well and will dry completely flat.

    And because you can write on both sides with any pen or pencil, it's like having twice the amount of usable pages you would have in a book with thinner paper.

    We also hand tear all of our papers from larger parent sheets to give you the rough, authentic and artisanal look and feel.

    Solid Brass Hardware

    Threads and Cords

    Ancient and Hand-carved Beads


    The beads we use are anything but common.

    Some of our beads are over 300 years old. Others are individually hand carved. Some are and rustic and tribal in nature while others are more elegant.

    We use ancient African trade beads, Jade, Lapis, unpolished Tiger Eye, Jasper, Opal, solid bronze and Sterling Silver and are always adding to and changing out line.

    See our Machine Demos

  • Personalize Any Item

    If there’s one thing that really gets us off it’s making your item look totally cool and unique.

    And, when it comes to Personalizing your item, nothing gets more personal and unique.
    That’s why we offer so much more than just initials, a name or a short line of text.

    While it’s impossible to list all the creative and different ways we can personalize your book, bag or cover, we tried grouping them into the categories below. Any and all of these can be combined so if you need something special then contact us.

    Also, keep in mind that while we usually have standard placement for personalization, we can put it just about anywhere on your item at your request. There is no additional charge for that but you do need to tell us.

    See our Personalization Gallery for Ideas

    3 Initial, Full or Multi-line Personalization

    included in the ordering options for most journals and covers

    3 Initial Personalization... the simplest and most popular choice.

    If you get a cover or a journal with 3 Initial Personalization, at our discretion we will usually include a matching leather bookmark and will personalize it with the same 3 initials.

    Full or Multi-line Personalization includes up to 15 spaces, counting the spaces in between the words or name.

    But just in case you are really close, we let you fudge 20% more by letting you add up to 18 spaces. When entering your desired pesonalization please remember that what you enter is CaSE sEnseTIve.

    We can put more letters on a single line but if it goes over the space limit then it will need to be entered as an additional line and will be charged accordingly.


    We have a Unique & Growing collection of Symbols which we can put on your item.

    To see the full collection just click on the BUTTON below.
    When ordering a Symbol we give you the choice of adding up to 3 initials directly below it.

    Symbols can also be combined with a Patch but must be ordered separately.

    See Symbols Collection


    Leather Patches are one of the most Unique forms of personalization we know of and nobody that we know of does it.

    This is where we create a leather patch, put whatever you want on it… a Symbol, up to 3 full lines of type…. basically, whatever you would like, and sew the patch onto your item. Because setup on these can take a long time, we typically make at least 2 just in case we make a mistake. But we usually don’t so in that case we will either just give you the second one or sew it onto your bookmark (if it's included) and if it fits.

    Combinations & Variations:
    We can combine patches, Symbols, Single or Multi-line Personalization in whatever way/s you would like.

    There are near unlimited variations and we do our best to make your patch look as cool as possible.
    But if you have certain placement needs or desires then you can just let us know.

    See our Personalization Gallery for Ideas

    Custom Logos and Graphics

    If you have a logo or graphic you would like debossed into your item or on a patch then we can do that too.
    The max size is 5x2 inches. We send out to have a special metal die made which can be used over and over again.

    Custom Metal Casting

    beads, logos, findings and more...

Free Returns

30 Day return policy
Free return shipping in the contiguous US.
Risk-Free shopping experience.
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Hand-built on our Workbench

Made while thinking of you.
...from our hands to yours

Watch  our Processes HERE

Guaranteed for LIfe...

even if your dog eats it.

You heard that right!

Read our Guarantee HERE

Unique Personalization

Initials, Multi Line, Symbols, Patches, Custom and more...

See all your options HERE

Get Personally Inspired

See how others have personalized their items.

 See Personalization Gallery