Disclaimer: This is not my bag.
It belongs to an awesome friend I met when volunteering at Magokoro net. In the past two years he has been volunteering as a teacher in an elementary school in Mongolia. He just came back to Japan not long ago.
In a jist, his blog entry talked about this bag that he has been using for the past three years. It is sturdy, despite of the heavy load it has been carrying. Parts worn out at times but after some needle works, it's as good as new. It was loaded with pencil crayons, notebooks, dictionaries, scissors, camera, passport copy, teaching plans and water etc, as he traveled from place to place in the yellow wind of dust in the far far land.
This bag is still running around with him in the disaster area.
I am neither a person obsess with brand names nor hating it. The craft work and material quality of some brand names are well deserving. Just that nowadays most buy for the name or trend without making the full use out of it. Chinese has a saying, "Killing a chick using a butcher's knife for a cow". I think probably most brand name products are wasted in such a pitiful state.
When a brand name product met an owner that uses it for the purpose it is made for fully, what a rare and wonderful thing it is for both!
On the side.
I have had a retired "companion" bag too. For almost 7 years, it has been to Kolkata India and over half of Japan with me. One time one side of the strap broke off suddenly, just as I was about to leave a house to catch a bus. I had no choice but to delay abit to do some patch work. The short stay was a story by itself.
When it was at its final stage of life beyond repairable, I couldn't manage to throw it away. It is still sitting quietly on the shelf of my closet. One day when I get home, I should take a picture of this old friend and show you here! :)