Based in Stockholm, Sandqvist makes bags for every occasion—from your rugged adventure around the world to your romantic night on the town. Company co-owners Anton Sandqvist (who created the first Sandqvist bag in 2004), his brother Daniel, and childhood friend Sebastian Westin derive inspiration from their Nordic surroundings and Swedish heritage to create their fashionable bags, which emphasize utility and simplicity. Made of canvas or tough Cordura fabric, Sandqvist backpacks come with laptop compartments, leather details, and ergonomic shoulder straps to make travel and transport as comfortable as possible. For its expansive collection of purses, wallets, and belts, Sandqvist uses vegetable-tanned leather, heavy, untreated cotton canvas and other materials that age well over time. In recent years Sandqvist has collaborated with the vintage store Herr Judit on a 1950s-style factory bag and with Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt on a limited edition line of sturdy cotton aprons.
In a world brimming with rugged bags, Sandqvist still manages to stand out. That’s partly due to the label’s commitment to top quality materials and meticulous construction, and partly due to its Swedish take on classic style, evident in details like supple tan leather straps and its use of color.
If you’re still lugging your gear back and forth from the office in the same backpack you’ve had since 2002, it’s time to upgrade your bag situation, and — with brands like Versace Collection, Filson, Ben Minkoff, and Jack Spade — this sale is the place to start.