I was able to prove them right yesterday during the flagship store launch of Crumpler. The event took place at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (right in front of Crumpler) located at the newest wing of Shangri-La Mall.
Aside from the opening of the flagship store, the brand introduced to us the new Outpost Project series of bags plus another two new bag models called the Ludicrous Debacle and Proud Stash. More about those later!
Here's the very handsome Drew Arellano as the event's host and on the lower right's one of the co-founders of Crumpler, Mr. Dave Roper.
Started in 1992, Crumpler was the product of a young man named Stu Crumpler. Stu was an avid beer drinker and transporting cans of beer using his bike was slowly becoming a heavy chore. With that, he decided to create his first Crumpler bag, which was made primarily as his beer container. The said "beer" bag was highly durable and caught the attention of a bike messenger company owned by Will Miller and Dave Roper. They thought of re-engineering the bag and making it into a backpack for their bike messengers. And obviously, the idea was a complete success.
Still not convinced about the durability of their bags? Then check out the two photos above! A short game was held wherein two teams had to pack everything they can inside the Crumpler luggage, zip and close it in 1 minute. Team with the heaviest luggage weight wins! Mama Earth was in the first team and their luggage weighed 13.1kg. The other team, though, gained 13.4kg! Close fight!! Hahaha! But okay, here's the thing. Pack lang sila ng pack, not even minding to fold the clothes or fix the stuff they placed inside. The luggage became so bulky, and they had to exert bonggang force para lang magsara. Pero super tibay ng Crumpler, staying true with their line "Torture Tested Luggage". ;)
Feasted on these meals the entire night. Each of us were served with ginormous chickens!! Still so full as I type! :p
Anymoo, we headed to the store afterwards to check out the collections of Crumpler.
The Crumpler range has gone beyond bags for cycling to include professional camera/photography bags, laptop bags, luggages, casual bags and even school bags.
The brand has also grown a global cult following among adventurers, photographers, riders, designers, makers, thinkers and doers.
Anyway, I've mentioned earlier that Crumpler also launched two new bag models. Both Ludicrous Debacle and Proud Stash are made from double-layer, tough-but-tender water resistant Field Twill. The Ludicrous Debacle is a classic cut-shoulder bag featuring an internal iPad-sized pocket and a clothes-friendly edgeless shoulder strap. The Proud Stash (sample's the blue backpack in the photo above), on the other hand, is a backpack unlike any other. Not only does Proud Stash has a tough and water-resistant exterior, but it also features wide and well-padded harness which distributes the weight of the bag evenly. They're available in black, lime, tank green, coral, brick, petrol blue and sky blue.
Don't you just love these collections? The bags are practical, functional, comfortable to use and still very stylish! Know how to live! :)
Photo op with Drew Arellano :)
Thank you so much to Virtusio PR and Crumpler Philippines for having us! ♥
Make sure to visit Crumpler stores at Shangri-La Mall, Bonifacio High Street, TriNoma and Robinsons Magnolia.