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The Sleek Nomad

Rooted in Buddhist practices and the Essentialist lifestyle of the nomadic Mongolians.

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Rooted in Buddhist practices and the Essentialist lifestyle of the nomadic Mongolians.

  • The SLEEK NOMAD is rooted in Buddhist practices and the nomadic Mongolian lifestyle. 
    We are still offering the patch with  the Unknown Journey symbol for free.  So get that while you  still can.  It's about a $35 cost normally.

    Would you prefer a different Symbol?
    Just click HERE to see our selection of Symbols.
    Let us know in the Order Notes your alternate selection.
    It's Free and we're happy to do it.

    One of the Buddhist life practices is...
    to observe what is happening without actually attaching or connecting to it. This greatly enhances calm in our lives and helps to keep one centered and grounded in true reality.
    The nomadic tribes of Mongolia...
    date back to before the time of Genghis Khan, the leader who united the tribes. Their intense connection to the seasonal changes and lack of connection or attachment to any single physical space developed and reinforced the qualities of strength, self-sufficiency and an intuitive ability to understand their environment and see what is unseen.

    The INTENTION of this bag is...
    to remind us that our journey is unique and unknown and that...
    like the nomadic Mongols, we have the strength and self-sufficiency to move into the unexpected with grace, truth and authenticity.
    Just look at the symbol on the bag if ever you doubt yourself.

    WATCH the video below for even more details.



    Overall: 6-3/4W x 9-1/2H x 1D inches

      Our straps are hand cut from 2 laminated pieces of leather 60 inches long.
      We overcut, laminate and final cut your shoulder strap by hand.
      Once they are strung thru the slides and clips they are infinitely adjustable from 31 to 54 inches approximately.

      • Overall length:  31-54 inches (approx.)
      • Drop: infinitely adjustable from 13 to 26 inches (approx.)
      • Construction:  2 pieces of Italian Leather laminated and cut to 3/4 inches wide.
        Lever style solid brass swivel clip.

      LEATHER COLORS:Product photos show my 2 favorite ways and leathers when building this bag.

      • 12 leather colors to choose from
      • 2 Color configurations...
        You can choose a solid color as shown in the Flight Jacket leather
        You can choose contrasting colors as shown in the Bronze and Sailboat leathers
      • Choose MAIN BODY Leather Color (shown as Black in the photos)
      • Choose CONTRASTING Pocket/Strap Leather Color (shown as Bronze in the photos)
      • For this Special, the Patch will be done in the contrasting color unless you tell us otherwise.

      Our leather is chrome/oil tanned which means that it's soft and and NOT stiff like belt leathers which are vegetable tanned.

      This bag has only 3 templates...  the main body, the front pocket and the edging for the flap.
      to add superior strength to all the edges of this bag....
      We use our proprietary "1-1/2 2XX" skive, roll and double stitch on the pocket edges of the bag and a separate piece of leather edging for the flap.
      Sewn completely on our lighter weight Seiko machine for a more elegant look and feel.

      Your choice of Antique Brass (shown) or Nickel hardware.
      Solid Brass Hardware is the best.
      It's low lead and that means it's stronger.
      Most of our hardware is now made to conform to CA Prop 65 standards.
      It's more expensive and the quality is unbeatable.

      see the Options Tab for more details.

    • When ordering you can choose:

      MAIN BODY COLOR: 12 leather colors
      Choose MAIN BODY Leather Color (shown as Sailboat and Flight Jacket in the photos)

      CONTRASTING Leather Color: 12
      leather colors
      Choose CONTRASTING Pocket/Strap Leather Color (shown as Bronze in the photos)

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

      see the Materials Tab for more info on our leather and hardware

    • The video below tells more about the product and announces the winner of the drawing we had for this bag when it first launched.

    • 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.
    Learn More HERE

    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