James B. Young is a bespoke shoemaker and outfitter based in Central Australia. In his debut bag range he has drawn on his experience as a camel saddler and leather craftsman to create four unique designs. Each bag is hand produced by Young in his Alice Springs workshop and is available in limited numbers.
Young draws on the heritage of Australian style defined by austerity of materials and pared back decoration. Born from necessity it invokes durability and purity. James B. Young's bags are true to this tradition and are contemporary classics in their own right.
Before the automobile, travel in the arid regions of this country was by horse and camel, in strings that were drawn out behind a lead rider. The soft pad of a dromedary foot on sand or the clomp of a horses' hoof were often the only accompaniment to the slosh of water in a can and the creak and shift of leather on beast over long hours of travel. Case and Can have been inspired by two ubiquitous pieces of gear from this age - the prospectors map case and the horses' watercan – and realised using the vocabulary and materials of saddlery.
A full grain bridle leather has been employed in combination with saddlers hardware to produce bags of high function and durability. Each bag is predominantly hand stitched using hand-rolled linen thread. A traditional strap and staple closure affords security between destinations and a simplicity of function on arrival.