The Signature Messenger is constructed from durable canvas and nylon fabrics, and accented with full-grain leather straps. It's the perfect bag for work, school, and urban or outdoor adventures! The Messenger includes a thick leather strap that rests comfortably on shoulders, a built-in padded laptop sleeve, and plenty of internal and external pockets to store all your daily gear. Base Dimensions (Height x Width x Length) listed in inches not including the straps: 12.5 x 4 x 16. Weight: 2lbs 14oz
Made in America with a portion of each bag constructed from+J6 military surplus material. There is a chance that material color may vary slightly from bag to bag. That is the beauty of upcycled military surplus. Be confident that your bag will look similar to those shown in the above picture, but be aware that slight color variations are what make these bags so beautiful and one-of-a-kind.
About Sword & Plough:
Sword & Plough has been in the making since our founders, sisters Emily and Betsy, were born into a military family. Living at West Point, sharing Thanksgiving dinners with hundreds of soldiers in mess halls, hearing about her dad's deployments and research, and watching her uncle, a Marine NASA Astronaut pilot, launch his space shuttle, are just a few of the experiences that inspired Emily to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army.
As a student at Middlebury College, Emily was the only ROTC cadet on a campus of 2,450 - most of her friends had never met someone in the military. After her sophomore year, Emily attended the U.S. Army Airborne School where she met soldiers who spoke of the struggles some of their veteran friends faced while attempting to gain employment after military service.
"From the beginning, Sword & Plough has been about more than just creating bags. We've always been excited to create high quality products, but our hope was that these products could be used as a platform to promote change." - Emily Cavness, Co-founder and CEO
All of these experiences culminated in Sword & Plough's creation during Emily's senior year at college. After listening to an inspiring speech by Jacqueline Novagratz during Middlebury's first social entrepreneurship symposium, a light bulb clicked on and Emily began to think 'What in my life is often discarded and could be turned into something beautiful with a purposeful mission?" How incredible would it be to repurpose military surplus material into durable and fashionable bags that people could use every day? By incorporating veterans into every stage of the business (from design, to sewing, management, fulfillment, sales, even modeling), we could empower veteran employment. Through its branding and outreach, Sword & Plough could help bridge the civil-military divide. The repurposed bags could be used as conversation pieces and the company could become a platform to strengthen understanding between civilians and the veteran community. Inspired to give back to the veteran community through sustainable fashion, Sword & Plough was born!