Building a Backpack: Homepage

This is where you will get a behind-the-scenes look at our backpack building journey! 

Be sure to watch the intro-video below, and also to scroll down to see our timeline and where we are currently at with the project 👇🏼

Step by step timeline

Project Progress (estimated launch - August 2023)
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Complete – May 2022

After reviewing over 100+ bags on Nomads Nation, I felt there was a something missing from the market, and I had the idea to create a mission-driven, urban backpack company. 

I also had an idea for a unique product – a 2-in-1 premium backpack/sling combo that had never been done before. 

As the two ideas quickly merged into one, I knew it was something that I had to go for. 

Take a deeper look – I’m Starting a Backpack Company!

Complete – May 2022

We hired a brilliant backpack designer and production manager named Jon.

I have worked with Jon in the past on a different project, and his expertise was exactly what we needed to make a game-changing backpack. Find out more about Jon.

Take a deeper look – Building a Backpack Episode 1

Complete – June 2022

Jon and I had a 2 hour call where we spoke in detail about my backpack idea, and what I was hoping to accomplish. 

This call was crucial to set the stage for what we would create no only from a product perspective, but also a positioning and branding perspective. 

Complete – July 2022

Jon took  the notes from our first call and used them to create 4 different ideas for the pack (‘Concept illustrations’).

We took the time to discuss the pros and cons of each concept, and eventually settled on our favorite one. 

Complete – September 2022

Once we had our favorite concept picked out, it was time for Jon to hit the iPad and create the first versions of the 2D drawings.

There were 3 stages of the 2D designs – in each stage we improved upon the last, until we perfected the concept.

Take a deeper look – Building a Backpack Episode 2

In progress – expected to be complete in November 2022

Once the 2D drawings are good to go, Jon moves on to the technical drawings needed for the factory to make the first prototype. 

(CAD = computer animated designs)

From here the factory will evaluate the drawings, communicate any questions they have with us, and start work on the first prototype.

This part of the process can take up to a few months depending on how clear our drawings are, and how busy the factory is. 

We are hoping that the first prototype will be ready sometime in December 2022.

We have taken our time with the drawings and designs, making them as detailed as possible, in the hopes that the factory will create a first prototype that is very close to the final sample. 

Once the factory completes the first prototype, they send it to Jon and I, which we then evaluate.

We will take the time to thoroughly examine the pack and identify where improvements need to be made.

We are interested in starting a focus group for the prototypes. If you are interested in testing out one of the prototypes and giving us your crucial feedback, fill out this form. 

After evaluating the first prototype, we make a ‘Correction Book’ which tells the factory what changes we need for the pack. 

We will continue making prototypes with the factory, every time inching closer to the final product.

Once we have our Golden Sample, it means that we are ready to launch!

Email me aaron@nomadsnation.com if you wanna chat!