H.L. James - Mythology

 

ONE PARTICULARLY COLD, WINTER NEW YORK DAY, JAMES FOUND HIMSELF AT A CROSSROADS. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MAN?  HOW DOES ONE KNOW WHAT TO WRITE IN THE NEXT CHAPTER OF LIFE? THE ANSWERS USED TO BE THERE . . . BUT THE WORLD HAD CHANGED, JAMES HAD CHANGED. HE KNEW HE MUST SEEK THE ANSWERS FOR HIMSELF – NO ONE WAS GOING TO TELL HIM. FOR WE EACH HAVE OUR OWN REMEDIES, OUR OWN DESTINY, AND CLARITY DOESN'T COME CHEAP.

JAMES HAD TO GO OUT THERE AND FIND HIMSELF - NOT IN HIS CITY OR HIS STATE OR HIS COUNTRY – BUT WHO HE WAS AS A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. THE JOURNEY WASN'T GOING TO BE EASY. THERE WOULD BE COLD, SLEET, RAIN AND BLISTERING SUN. JAMES KNEW HE MUST TRAVEL LIGHT, TO BE FREE OF BURDEN, BUT HE NEEDED A PACK TO CARRY WITH HIM THAT WOULD PROTECT THE PARTS OF HIMSELF HE TRULY VALUED -- THE MEMORIES THAT HE WANTED TO KEEP WITH HIM FOREVER.

HE NEEDED UTILITY, FUNCTIONALITY, AND PROTECTION FOR HIS BELONGINGS, BUT WANTED SOMETHING THAT TOLD THE WORLD THE STORY OF WHO HE WAS BECOMING – A BAG TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF REINVENTION. AS IF FROM A DREAM IT CAME TO HIM – A BACKPACK - SQUARE ON THE SHOULDERS, HANDS FREE, STRONG AND DURABLE. JAMES SEARCHED FAR AND WIDE FOR SUCH A PACK BUT FOUND NONE.

HE DECIDED TO MAKE ONE HIMSELF, BUT WHAT MATERIAL WOULD CARRY THE BURDEN OF COUNTLESS DISTANT LATITUDES? JAMES THOUGHT BACK TO THE WOODS OF HIS YOUTH IN FLORIDA. HIKING AMONG THE RICH RED HILLS, THE ONLY ANIMAL HE EVER FEARED WAS THE GREAT AMERICAN ALLIGATOR. THERE WAS AN ANIMAL THAT COMMANDED THE FOOD CHAIN AND DEMANDED RESPECT. THERE WAS AN ANIMAL THAT REPRESENTED THE CONQUERING OF FEAR.  HIS BACKPACK WOULD BE MADE OF ALLIGATOR SKIN – THERE COULD BE NO OTHER OPTION.

JAMES BEGAN SKETCHING THE BAG – PRODUCING A DESIGN THAT WOULD ACHIEVE WHERE ALL OTHERS HAD FAILED, A LUXURIOUS ACCESSORY OF EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY, ICONIC DESIGN, AND FUNCTIONALITY. MALLEABLE SKINS THAT EXUDE RICH TEXTURES AND CONTOUR THE BODY WITH COMFORT, AN INTERIOR LINED WITH ITALIAN CALFSKIN LEATHER AND RICH HAND STITCHING, A DESIGN CONFIGURED TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM SPACE AND EFFICIENT ORGANIZATION, LARGE CUSHIONED POCKETS, A SIGNATURE DOUBLE LOCK CLOSURE, A VALUABLES POUCH, AND STURDY, GLEAMING ZIPPERS: EACH DETAIL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS BACKPACK WOULD BE IMMACULATE. HE NEEDED ITALIAN CRAFTSMEN WHO HAD REFINED THEIR TRADE OVER HUNDREDS OF GENERATIONS. HE NEEDED STITCHING AND HARDWARE OF THE FINEST QUALITY. JAMES NEEDED PERFECTION – AND HE CREATED IT IN THIS BACKPACK.

AFTER TOURING THE WORLD, JAMES RETURNED TO AMERICA HAVING FOUND HIMSELF ONCE AGAIN. HIS BACKPACK TELLS THE STORY OF HIS TRAVELS.  THE BAG HAD BEEN HIS CONSTANT COMPANION AND REMINDER OF HOME. NOW, JAMES SHARES HIS JOURNEY AND HIS BAG WITH THE WORLD.

Introducing, H.L. James