Louis Vuitton introduced the steamer bag in 1901 a little piece of luggage meant to be carried inside larger trunks. We reinvented it in 2015 as a comfortable, versatile, vintage inspired backpack for the next century and beyond.
Built to weather the elements and improve with age, this piece harks back to an era when seeing the world demanded a lot more than a credit card. Largely inspired by the durable character and clean lines of steamship luggage, this unlined heirloom features two padded straps linked to a single O-ring for weight distribution and brawny 18-oz. waxed canvas.
Our signature 100% full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather contrasts at the base and top reminiscent of the original material used for the historic leather mail bag.
A simple interior pocket is the sole embellishment, leaving this strikingly understated bag rugged and refined enough to handle extreme camping and executive commuting with equal ease.
This bag is so cool and it’s so classic and seems built really, really well. Finish is amazing. Not one stray thread needs to be trimmed (we called them Irish pennants in the Navy). Wife LOVES it. Side note: customer service is excellent according to her.
I purchased my Steamer Backback at a show in Ft Worth. Saw it, loved it, bought it. The charcoal canvas and oled leather is a beautiful combo. The design caught my eye right off. Like an old Mail pouch, Well's Fargo pouch. Very cool and beautifully done. It is easy to carry by the handle or slung over the shoulder. It packs well and is great for taking an extra par of western boots and accessories. Truely a great value.
Mission Mercantile has reached back to the past to captured the style, ruggedness and craftsmanship of the adventurers of the mid to late 19th century who knew what it meant to "go well equipped" This bag is solid, from the tight seams to stout leather tooling, riveted corners, harness straps and tack like hasps. If you are looking for a companion piece that you can share your adventures with you, whether a subway ride into downtown, or cutting new trails across the sierras, this is your willing partner. Remember when Indiana was going after the Ark in Raiders? The first thing Indiana grabs is his well-traveled leather suitcase, just the essentials, leather jacket, whip and his gun. The Steamer backpack has that same feel sharp and resilient.It seems to call out to you, " Pick me up, let's find a trail that takes us beyond the visible terrain." The Steamer reminds you of who you are, and why you discover your own paths through the world. Buy it and find your own adventure.