The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack
The Backpack

The Backpack

Rated 5.0 out of 5
Based on 5 reviews

Sale price Price $195 USD

or 4 installments of $48.75 USD by

We make timeless products from premium materials at world-class factories — sold at a fair price.

We're proud to provide you with a bag made at the same manufacturer as TUMI amd Longchamp, but without the retail markup. All our bags are guaranteed for life — we'll fix or replace any functional damages to the bag. It's our way of standing behind the quality we belive in.

MATERIALS USEDPremium, water-resistant full-grain leather and nylon. YKK zippers and hardware.
WHERE IT'S MADEWe source our leather, nylon, and twill lining from Taiwan and our YKK zippers from Japan. The bags are assembled in DongGuan, China. Designed with love in San Francisco.
OUR GUARANTEEBacked by a lifetime warranty and a 30 day trial with free U.S. shipping and exchanges.

Size

Compare Backpack Sizes
The Large Backpack
Dimensions17”H x 12”W x 5”D
Laptop FitUp to 15.6 Laptop”
Weight1.8lbs when empty
CapacityHolds up to 17.2L

The Larger Backpack is the perfect bag to seamlessly go from one event to another. Two compartments makes it great for weekend trips or work travels.

All Day Carry & Travel

Unisex Frames 5"3 - 6"3

Weather Resistant

The Small Backpack
Dimensions15”H x 11”W x 4”D
Laptop FitUp to 13.5 Laptop”
Weight1.3lbs when empty
CapacityHolds up to 10.8L

The Smaller Backpack size has thinner and shorter straps compared to the Large Bag, making it ideal for smaller frames and lighter toting days.

Day Trips & Light Packing

Unisex Frames < 5"5

Weather Resistant

Accent Color

Accent Color

Features & Details

- Full-grain leather & nylon (both are water-resistant)
- Laptop compartment with 2 padded sleeves
- Fits up to 16" Laptop
- Main compartment has 2 flat pockets, 2 wide pockets and 1 zippered pocket
- Leather luggage strap for travel
- Front zippered pocket for easy access
- Memory foam padded leather straps and a breathable mesh backing

Outer: 60% Full Grain Leather & 40% Nylon
Lining: 100% Polyester Twill in Navy
Trim: 100% Full-Grain Leather
Back/Straps: EVA & Mesh
Hardware: YKK Japanese Zippers
Made By: Same Manufacturer as TUMI, Longchamp, Coach

Shipping & Returns

- Free shipping and exchanges in the U.S.
- Delivery in 2-7 days with rush options available
- 30 day trial to use the bag
- Backed by a lifetime warranty
- 7 days a week customer support
- International shipping available
- See our FAQ for more details or send us a message

LIMITED QTY AVAILABLE


Perfect For...

Carrying one bag to go from one event to another

Safe and stylish laptop carrying

Unisex frames from 5"3 - 6"3

Detailed Specs

17" H x 12"W x 5" D

Fits Laptops up to 15.6"

1.8lbs when empty

Holds up to 17.2L

The Larger Backpack is the perfect bag to seamlessly go from one event to another. Two compartments makes it great for weekend trips or work travels.
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Features
Quality, Durable Materials

Full-Grain Leather & Nylon Exterior

Water & Weather Resistant

Burgundy Color Twill Lining

Memory Foam Strap & Back Padding

Gold YKK Zippers & Hardware

Organize Your Day

Separate Laptop Compartment with 2 Padded Sleeves

Leather Flap for Phone Charging

Main Area Has 1 Zippered Pocket & 2 Square Pockets

Front Pocket For Easy Access

Comfort In Style

Memory Foam Padded Support

Adjustable, No Dangle Straps

Leather Trims & Details

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Quality Made to Last

Backed by Our Lifetime Warranty.

Made at the same manufacturer as brands like TUMI, Armani, Longchamp.

30 Day Trial & Free U.S. Returns

Try your bag for 30 days. If it's not a fit, you can return it for a full refund, with a free return label.

Free 2-6 day shipping to all U.S. States.

Support For You, 7 Days a Week

Email, text, or call us and we'll be there for your needs.

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5 Reviews
Reviewed by Selina M.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Simply the best!

I love this backpack! It’s stylish but still practical and has a well thought out design with a surprising amount of space. Everything about this bag screams quality and it’s a wonderful company to support.

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Reviewed by Kurt E.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Great gift for my Wife

Beautiful product that was truly appreciated by my wife. Thank you Justin!

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Reviewed by Niree K.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Finally pulled the trigger!

I’ve had my eye on this bag for years and FINALLY pulled the trigger. I could not be happier with my purchase. It’s the perfect combination of style and quality. My bag is usually pretty heavy and other stylish bags don’t have the extra padding on the shoulder straps to support the weight, but the ISM bag does. I’m so glad I bought it. I want the bag in both sizes!

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Reviewed by Matt C.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Sleek and professional backpack for work

The backpack retains its shape even when it's empty and the compartments inside works well! I wish the small pockets are a little more stretchy though, I have a thicker battery pack for my laptop and I had a hard time putting it in.

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Reviewed by Emily H.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Outstanding customer service

This would now be my third ISM bag and I can’t say enough positives about the bag it’s self . They are extremely durable yet so sophisticated.

With this last purchase I really wasn’t in need of another ISM only because I just purchased my larger bag a few months ago . However Justin Kwong emailed me to let me know that they had just released and smaller ISM that had the red lining.

I was blown away that Justin personally reached out to me ...

I say that to say this about a year ago I sent Justin and email to see if they would be making more color options in the future? Justin responded right away and said “ I’m sorry but at this point not right now .”

I thought ok no worries .

It really made me so happy that Justin remember a email I sent almost a year ago.

Again I really didn’t need another bag . However I’m so impressed by Justin’s customers service that I jumped on the purchase right away!

I’m glad I did !

Even though it’s smaller then what I’m normally use to I love it! It’s great for when I’m not traveling and the color red is beautiful!

Thank you Justin for being awesome!!

Emily H

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Bag Details

How is the bag made?

The bags are made at the same factory as brands like TUMI, Longchamp, and Armani. We source the highest quality materials and spend time obsessing over the details so that we can provide you with a better bag than you paid for.

We use high quality, full-grain leather made from a reputable tannery in Taiwan. The zippers are from YKK, a Japanese manufacturer known for quality zippers that last a lifetime. Both the Nylon exterior and interior polyester twill are sourced from a supplier in Taiwan. We added a water-proof layer of coating to all of our materials so that you don’t have to worry about moving around in a drizzle.

Useful Links
Where We Make Our Bags
Why We Use Full-Grain Leather

How do I take care of full-grain leather?

To make sure your bag looks as good as new for a long time, we recommend using a leather conditioner to polish the bag and keep it looking new. If you're looking for a quicker fix, you can also wet a towel/cloth in warm water and gently wipe the surface of the leather and nylon to remove any dirt or marks.

If you’re not actively using the bag, it’s best to store it in the dustbag we provide or in a cool location, away from sunlight.

Useful Links
How To Care For Your Leather Backpack

What fits in the bag?

The Large Backpack can fit up to a 16” Macbook Pro in the laptop compartment while The Small Backpack can fit up to a 13.5" laptop (we also added a double layer of padding to keep it safe).

The inside compartment holds around 17L of volume, which we’ve found can store a pair of shoes, clothes, and the smaller items you’d carry every day. The front pocket is great for those small items that you need quick access to, like gum, subway cards, and everything in between.

To make sure your bag looks as good as new for a long time, we recommend using a leather conditioner to polish the bag and keep it looking new. If you're looking for a quicker fix, you can also wet a towel/cloth in warm water and gently wipe the surface of the leather and nylon to remove any dirt or marks.


Useful Links
Find Your Fit Quiz
A Review By a Bag Expert
What's In The Bag of a Travel Blogger
Bag Unboxing & Review

Is the bag water-resistant?

Instead of compromising on form or function, we used a mixture of water-resistant and water-proof materials in the ISM Backpack. The water-resistant coated full-grain leather and nylon exterior keeps the essentials in your main compartment safe from a drizzle, while the water-proof zipper guarantees that your laptop and tech don’t get wet. Another plus is that it blends in with the bag’s design keeping it minimal and discreet.

The laptop compartment section is also protected with waterproof YKK zippers so that you never have to worry about your laptop getting wet when it rains. We wanted to make a laptop bag that didn't look like a laptop bag so the zippers themselves are minimally discreet.

Useful Links
Everything You Need To Know About Waterproofing

How comfortable are the bag straps?

To make the straps feel as comfortable as possible, we decided to use a combination of memory foam (technically known as EVA foam) and mesh padding. Both materials provide function — the foam gives structure and shoulder support, while the mesh provides some breathability, especially when carrying your bag around all day.

When you're wearing a backpack, the straps are one of the first things that people notice about your bag. So to create a professional look and feel, full-grain leather is used on the outer part of the straps. Extra details is added around the leather trims, like the way the straps are connected to the bag. The devil is in the details.

As we've grown ISM over the past year, we've learned that some customers with smaller frames found the Large Backpack's straps to be too long for their frame. So to create the perfect fit, we offer a complimentary strap tailoring service for your backpack, where we'll alter the straps based on your height and size. If you're interested in having your straps altered, you can email or text us and we'll do it within 1-2 business days.

Useful Links
Message Us To Get Your Straps Shortened
A Pocket Guide to Bag Straps

FAQ

When will I receive my bag?

Due to the ongoing supply chain crisis, bag delivery times may depend on the bag style and your shipping location:

United States & Canada
Large & Small Gold Accent Bags (4-7 business days) — Free Shipping
Large & Small Black Accent Bags (6-10 business days) — $25 Shipping

Asia
All Bags (4-7 business days) — Free Shipping

Europe + Rest of World
All Bags (4-7 business days) — $35+ Shipping

How does the 30 Day Trial work?

We want you to love your bag and know it’s something you’d want to carry everyday, so we offer a 30 day trial with a money back guarantee. Once you receive your bag, you’re free to use it and if at any point during the 30 days you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, we’ll send you a shipping label and a full refund upon return of the bag. Please note there will be a $35 restocking fee for all returns. There is no restocking fee for exchanges.

To start the returns process, please email us at carry@ismbags.com with your name and order number and we will send you a return shipping label.

For International customers, we aren't able to cover the return shipping costs at the moment, but the 30 day trial and refund still applies.

Can I exchange a different size or color?

Your bag should fit you and your items perfectly! If you find that your bag is too big or too small or if you would like to try a different hardware color, we offer free exchanges.

We'll send you a free shipping label as well as send out your replacement bag. Send us an email at carry@ismbags.com and let us know which bag you'd like to make an exchange for!

If your bag is the right size but the straps are too long for your frame, we also offer a complimentary tailoring service where we'll adjust the straps for you, free of charge. To have your bag straps shortened, send us an email and we'll take care of it asap!

What's the Lifetime Warranty?

We’ll cover your bag, for life! That means each bag is guaranteed by a limited lifetime warranty that covers any manufacturing defects and damages to zippers, leather, straps, and any functional features that you need to carry your bag.

If there are any issues, we’ll either fix them to you or send you a new bag. It's our way of standing behind the quality of products that we make.

Bag Details

How is the bag made?

The bags are made at the same factory as brands like TUMI, Longchamp, and Armani. We source the highest quality materials and spend time obsessing over the details so that we can provide you with a better bag than you paid for.

We use high quality, full-grain leather made from a reputable tannery in Taiwan. The zippers are from YKK, a Japanese manufacturer known for quality zippers that last a lifetime. Both the Nylon exterior and interior polyester twill are sourced from a supplier in Taiwan. We added a water-proof layer of coating to all of our materials so that you don’t have to worry about moving around in a drizzle.

Useful Links
Where We Make Our Bags
Why We Use Full-Grain Leather

How do I take care of full-grain leather?

To make sure your bag looks as good as new for a long time, we recommend using a leather conditioner to polish the bag and keep it looking new. If you're looking for a quicker fix, you can also wet a towel/cloth in warm water and gently wipe the surface of the leather and nylon to remove any dirt or marks.

If you’re not actively using the bag, it’s best to store it in the dustbag we provide or in a cool location, away from sunlight.

Useful Links
How To Care For Your Leather Backpack

What fits in the bag?

The Large Backpack can fit up to a 16” Macbook Pro in the laptop compartment while The Small Backpack can fit up to a 13.5" laptop (we also added a double layer of padding to keep it safe).

The inside compartment holds around 17L of volume, which we’ve found can store a pair of shoes, clothes, and the smaller items you’d carry every day. The front pocket is great for those small items that you need quick access to, like gum, subway cards, and everything in between.

To make sure your bag looks as good as new for a long time, we recommend using a leather conditioner to polish the bag and keep it looking new. If you're looking for a quicker fix, you can also wet a towel/cloth in warm water and gently wipe the surface of the leather and nylon to remove any dirt or marks.


Useful Links
Find Your Fit Quiz
A Review By a Bag Expert
What's In The Bag of a Travel Blogger
Bag Unboxing & Review

Is the bag water-resistant?

Instead of compromising on form or function, we used a mixture of water-resistant and water-proof materials in the ISM Backpack. The water-resistant coated full-grain leather and nylon exterior keeps the essentials in your main compartment safe from a drizzle, while the water-proof zipper guarantees that your laptop and tech don’t get wet. Another plus is that it blends in with the bag’s design keeping it minimal and discreet.

The laptop compartment section is also protected with waterproof YKK zippers so that you never have to worry about your laptop getting wet when it rains. We wanted to make a laptop bag that didn't look like a laptop bag so the zippers themselves are minimally discreet.

Useful Links
Everything You Need To Know About Waterproofing

How comfortable are the bag straps?

To make the straps feel as comfortable as possible, we decided to use a combination of memory foam (technically known as EVA foam) and mesh padding. Both materials provide function — the foam gives structure and shoulder support, while the mesh provides some breathability, especially when carrying your bag around all day.

When you're wearing a backpack, the straps are one of the first things that people notice about your bag. So to create a professional look and feel, full-grain leather is used on the outer part of the straps. Extra details is added around the leather trims, like the way the straps are connected to the bag. The devil is in the details.

As we've grown ISM over the past year, we've learned that some customers with smaller frames found the Large Backpack's straps to be too long for their frame. So to create the perfect fit, we offer a complimentary strap tailoring service for your backpack, where we'll alter the straps based on your height and size. If you're interested in having your straps altered, you can email or text us and we'll do it within 1-2 business days.

Useful Links
Message Us To Get Your Straps Shortened
A Pocket Guide to Bag Straps

FAQ

When will I receive my bag?

Due to the ongoing supply chain crisis, bag delivery times may depend on the bag style and your shipping location:

United States & Canada
Large & Small Gold Accent Bags (4-7 business days) — Free Shipping
Large & Small Black Accent Bags (6-10 business days) — $25 Shipping

Asia
All Bags (4-7 business days) — Free Shipping

Europe + Rest of World
All Bags (4-7 business days) — $35+ Shipping

How does the 30 Day Trial work?

We want you to love your bag and know it’s something you’d want to carry everyday, so we offer a 30 day trial with a money back guarantee. Once you receive your bag, you’re free to use it and if at any point during the 30 days you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, we’ll send you a shipping label and a full refund upon return of the bag. Please note there will be a $35 restocking fee for all returns. There is no restocking fee for exchanges.

To start the returns process, please email us at carry@ismbags.com with your name and order number and we will send you a return shipping label.

For International customers, we aren't able to cover the return shipping costs at the moment, but the 30 day trial and refund still applies.

Can I exchange a different size or color?

Your bag should fit you and your items perfectly! If you find that your bag is too big or too small or if you would like to try a different hardware color, we offer free exchanges.

We'll send you a free shipping label as well as send out your replacement bag. Send us an email at carry@ismbags.com and let us know which bag you'd like to make an exchange for!

If your bag is the right size but the straps are too long for your frame, we also offer a complimentary tailoring service where we'll adjust the straps for you, free of charge. To have your bag straps shortened, send us an email and we'll take care of it asap!

What's the Lifetime Warranty?

We’ll cover your bag, for life! That means each bag is guaranteed by a limited lifetime warranty that covers any manufacturing defects and damages to zippers, leather, straps, and any functional features that you need to carry your bag.

If there are any issues, we’ll either fix them to you or send you a new bag. It's our way of standing behind the quality of products that we make.