Swiss Army Leatherbag made by Saddler E. Banga from Selzach Switzerland in 1966
As a leatherworker or a genuine leather goods collector/connoisseur you should have heard about the masterpieces made some decades ago for the swiss army. They are not comparable to nothing when it comes to craft leather goods without any compromise. And this not made by a luxury brand – it was the Swiss Army! Just pay attention to the round sewn leather strap. Or the buckle and the belt keeper. See that leather for the buckle was sewn it to the front. My guess is that it was made avoid friction and make it a bit more sleek in design. Even after years of study I sometimes find little details how the Swiss Saddlers did things the right way. They are study objects but also a statement. If things were made and designed the right way with good materials – they last a lifetime or two – with a bit of care. Just please do me a favour. Please grease and oil the leather well before you use it so the leather won´t break. It will be rewarded by a lifetime companion.