Trakke began while I was knee deep in the skips of Glasgow.
I was a student and I was broke, but I longed to make things with my hands.
So I spent my weekends cycling around the city, liberating materials from the trash.
I found unwanted leather sofas, old suitcases and abandoned advertising banners - and I would strip off all the usable materials and head back to my flat.
Then I’d get to work.
I learnt my craft like this; sewing through the night, prototyping, testing and developing my designs.
I didn’t mean to start a business.
I just had too many bags, and not enough space to store them.
Alec Farmer, Founder.
It might not look much, but this was our first 'official' store. It was just a market stall at the Barras, in the East End of Glasgow. The days were long, and cold, but it was here that we built our brand on a student budget.
Every single bag was unique - sewn without a pattern in my living room. The labels were just name-tapes like the ones you would sew into your school uniform. And yet it was a start.
In fact the very first bag we sold was made from a big yellow tarp bearing a plumbers phone number.
It's still out there somewhere.
And amazingly, it's still in one piece.
Our stall at the Barras Market paved the way for everything that followed.
With a little bit of money in our pocket, we explored all sorts of designs and materials.
For a while, we settled on Cordura - but let's face it, it's boring.
It doesn't have much soul.
So we continued the hunt for the perfect palette of materials - a hunt that would take nearly a year to complete.
We always knew that we wanted to make our bags in the UK - so it seemed crazy to import materials from overseas.
Instead, we looked closer to home.
We were searching for materials that were strong, durable and timeless.
Materials that had a track record. A history. Some heritage.
And we found them.
We discovered waxed canvas - a cloth that was developed by Scottish Fishermen in the 1800’s.
We found Stainless Steel buckles, forged from 70% recycled steel.
We realised that these narratives paint a picture of our industrial past.
And now, they’re part of our industrial future.