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During the summer of 2022, I spent one month living and working in the rural industrial town of Saltillo, Mexico. I was a design and manufacturing management intern at Sanhua Industry, a large HVACR precision parts producer.
The experience opened my eyes to Mexico's vibrant culture and vivid landscapes. I was amazed at the vastness of the desert, the grandeur of the mountains, and the saturation of the evening sky.
I created this bag to be a physical reflection of my memories and to bring a hint of Saltillo everywhere I travel.
Process and Design Video
Backpack design ideation
1/ Week long trip capacity
2/ No excessive features
3/ Repeatable construction
4/ Has personality
Connection To My Photography
Shot with the Leica M Edition 60 and Leica 28mm F/2.0 Summicron ASPH V1 lens
Future Project Plans
I plan on expanding on this project by making more soft goods defined by the unique local characteristics and colors of places I have traveled.
Each destination colorway is a reflection of my memories fused with the prominent colors found in the photography I did while immersed in that environment.
Using this concept, I can expand this series with more soft goods ranging from coin pouches to messenger bags which embody places that have left impressions on me.
Bill of Materials (BOM)
My final critique was attended by Brandon Kim, co-founder and co-CEO of Brevite Bags. He appreciated the design and character of the bag and gave me technical advice to improve the next bag.
This was the final project of my Senior year fall semester Industrial Design Advanced Soft Goods Studio Class taught by Prof. Leslie Fontana.
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