Death knocked twice then climbed through the window. Its tongue began to wag like a snake dancing in the sea at night. A husky voice cracked into my mind and two words lodged in my ear...

A Photographer’s Guide To Hanging In There – MICHAEL COYNE

A Photographer’s Guide To Hanging In There – MICHAEL COYNE

WATCH THE VIDEO Michael Coyne has worked as a documentary photographer for over 30 years. In his prestigious and prolific career he has published 11 books, his photographs have graced the covers of National Geographic, Time, The New York Times, Vogue, and so many more. He says the key to hanging in there and the reason…

YO! MAFIA – Building a business by sticking out

YO! MAFIA – Building a business by sticking out

WATCH THE VIDEO We had international party animal YO! MAFIA drop into Crumpler HQ last week to show us what she packs for a gig and to ask her about sticking out. Did you know she is a classically trained actor? We didn’t. MAFIA has been DJing for nearly twenty years, gave her mix tape…

Chili Philly – A lesson in making friends through Instagram

Chili Philly – A lesson in making friends through Instagram

WATCH THE VIDEO  Shop Bold Bags Phil Ferguson is the mastermind and crochet guru behind the viral Instagram account Chili Philly – a lesson in sticking out by doing something you love. It turns out that handcrafting strange crocheted hats is a very effective way of sticking out and getting into some of the biggest…

Bag Stories – Spring Peeper

Bag Stories – Spring Peeper

The latest instalment of Bag Stories harks back to our first wheeled bag, which evolved into the Spring Peeper luggage collection. Will and Dave created their own wheeled duffel bag after they grew tired of lugging around heavy bags full of tools and gear for trade shows back in the day. Crumpler’s first bag on…

Bag Stories – Dry Red

Bag Stories – Dry Red

Alcohol’s use as a creative lubricant is by no means a novel concept and certainly not within the walls of Crumpler HQ. Driving direct to the source and stocking up on creativity from cellar doors seemed like a pretty great idea and one such trip led our leaders Will & Dave to discover the inspiration…

Bag Stories – The Industry Disgrace

Bag Stories – The Industry Disgrace

The name behind our pro camera straps arose from one of Will and Dave’s very few morning meetings; they prefer a late nightcap to an early strong cap. As it happens, alcohol is an important “creative lubricant” for our founders, especially when it comes to naming bags. Stay tuned for the story behind the ‘Dry…

Bag Stories – The Skivvy

Bag Stories – The Skivvy

Deep in the Milky Way, in a spaceship overlooking the small blue dot known as Earth, Crumpler founders Will and Dave sit with a zero-gravity beer and talk about why they named The Skivvy after “a bunch of tossers”. Take a seat and listen in on the inspirations and stories behind our bag names straight from the founders’ sɥʇnoɯ Stay tuned…

Buy the Bag Carry The Story

Buy the Bag Carry The Story

Crumpler product names are something else. Our logic and rhythm may lack a discernable beat and clarity to some, but to us it’s as clear as why football or the Blue Footed Booby were so named. Every bag name has a story behind it. Ranging from the logical through to the perverse and back again.…

Smart Bags

Smart Bags

WATCH THE VIDEO All bags are not created equal. Our bags are designed to make packing and accessing your gear as easy as possible; whether you’re carrying a big raincoat and shoes, lunch and a yoga mat, gym gear and a d-lock, or an iPad, wallet, phone and keys; you’ll find a pocket purpose designed to…

How To Clean Your Bag

How To Clean Your Bag

Forgotten fruit, leaked drinks, stinky food, and commuting mud don’t need to spoil your bag. Your Crumpler is easy to clean with warm soapy water and some elbow grease. The key to keeping your bag looking fresh and smelling like a bag is cleaning swiftly after it’s dirtied. If you’re caught in a downpour of…

Versatile Bags

Versatile Bags

Our bags are purpose built but thrive on versatility. What you pack and how you use your bag is restricted only by your imagination. Barneys take trips in cars, planes and boats; they carry work folders, groceries, gym gear, cut flowers, tins of spam, and cold beer; they serve as awesome makeshift eskies and can…

Super Durable Bags

Super Durable Bags

We are serious about quality. How serious? Deadly serious. Well, we haven’t killed for quality… yet. We’re strict on quality so we can guarantee our bags for life. We stress test all our bags with a focus on the hardwearing components such as zips, velcro, buckles, straps, and fabric. We source the best quality components…

Weatherproof Proof

Weatherproof Proof

Crumpler bags are designed and tested for outdoor use. Keeping your Crumpler indoors is kinda like buying a new car to collect the mail. We subjected a willing walking guinea pig to the wettest and worst commuting week imaginable to show you the storm-buffering capabilities of our bags; just one of the key features of…

Freaks On The Beach

Freaks On The Beach

Photographer and designer Andrew Diprose was looking forward to some much-needed time out during his Miami and Los Angeles stopovers. He and his girlfriend Tess were returning home after an exhausting and confronting trip to northern Brazil to visit Tess’ birthplace and the village from which she was adopted as a baby. Instead, they walked…

Plastic Camera Diaries

Plastic Camera Diaries

The Unstuck Man is a photographer and filmmaker living in Northern Thailand. On a recent trip through India, he decided to challenge himself by shooting on a plastic camera. The idea behind it was to remove as much technology and distance between himself and his subjects as possible. The Unstuck Man explains, ‘The camera was…

Winds of Change in Creative Seas

Winds of Change in Creative Seas

Paper Sea Quarterly (PSQ) is a beautifully produced publication that feels more like a book than a magazine. The first thing you’ll notice when you get your hands on a copy is the thick paper stock and its intoxicating smell. Each issue is full of great content from around the world covering surf, travel and…

A Walk Through Maton Guitars

A Walk Through Maton Guitars

Maton Guitars was founded in 1946 after years of Bill May and his brother Reg repairing and making stringed instruments from their shed in Thornbury. Maton quickly established itself as a manufacturer of world-class guitars and throughout their 69-year history they have influenced the world of music with the likes of Elvis, Keith Richards, George Harrison,…

The Paterson Project

The Paterson Project

Clear your Friday night, Melbourne. The Paterson Project is an absolute must see, this Friday night 6pm, 173-181 Smith Street, Fitzroy (200m north of our Fitzroy Store). The Paterson is a heritage-listed building in the heart of Fitzroy that is soon to be developed into apartments. For the past forty years of the building’s century-old…

The Hampi Goat Herders

The Hampi Goat Herders

A friend told me I should visit Hampi, a town of goat herders located smack dab in the middle of India, about 125km inland from Goa. The narrow roads leading the way there were winding and the landscape was like none I had ever seen before; big boulders shot up out of the earth in…

This Side Of Paradise

This Side Of Paradise

My parents’ birthplace of Sri Lanka has been a constant source of ambivalence for me. As a three year-old, I declared the motherland “yuck, dirty!” on my maiden trip. The glaring difference between my hometown of Melbourne and the bustling, congested streets of Colombo meant my petulance extended to a boycott of walking and demands to…

Small Escapes

Small Escapes

Each year, the North Shore of Hawaii hosts the final event in the World Championship Tour of Surfing. This tiny stretch of coastline is steeped in history and tradition – it is home to Pipeline, the world’s most famous wave. In December, I travelled to Hawaii for the first time, employed to shoot the event.…

Level 7 Total House

Level 7 Total House

Inner city car parks aren’t necessarily synonymous with creativity. They tend to conjure memories of huffing up musty stairwells trying not to touch the gross walls, enduring clouds of stale urine, fresh spray paint fumes and brake fluid as you try to find your car amid the visual assault of crap graffiti. However, if you…

Clearly Different

Clearly Different

What do British-born Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A., Social Media, and the British government’s rollout of CCTV cameras all have in common? Probably quite a lot but in this particular instance, the answer is Clear Vis-à-Vis luggage.  Clear luggage is not everyone’s cup of Earl Grey but as with the bergamot-infused hot beverage, clear luggage polarises people.…

Inside Coober Pedy

Inside Coober Pedy

Melbourne photographer Abi Varney saw some photos of the remote mining town and tourist destination Coober Pedy and knew it was something worth experiencing. Armed with a camera, intense curiosity and her best friend and muse Ashe, Abi flew to Adelaide then drove 9 hours through the desert to capture the beauty and intrigue of…

Dave Tacon – In Search of Stories

Dave Tacon – In Search of Stories

Dave Tacon is a self-taught photojournalist based in Shanghai. 10 years ago, Dave threw himself headfirst into his first assignment in post-war Sierra Leone and has experienced most iterations of travel from light plane emergency landings to Port Moresby prison cells all in the pursuit of finding stories for the world’s leading media outlets, now…

Pedalling Perfection

Pedalling Perfection

Christmas is rumbling on the horizon, work is winding up, Summer is beginning to crackle, and that anticipated opportunity to rinse out the mind, the summer trip, is within plain sight. We met up with photographer James Looker who goes a step or two further and splits his time between Canada and Australia. James shares…

Masters Vs Machines – Tokyo Coffee Culture Clash

Masters Vs Machines – Tokyo Coffee Culture Clash

Japan’s coffee culture is dominated by filter coffee shops and coffee can vending machines. Coffee vending machines lurk on nearly every street corner offering a quick hit of caffeine on the run with minimal downtime; an expedient option for the diligent worker in a rush. In contrast, coffee shops are quiet, tranquil places geared towards…

Mathery Studio

Mathery Studio

Erika Zorzi & Matteo Sangalli are Italian designers and together they are Mathery Studio – a multidisciplinary design studio. They spent one year working in Melbourne and were invited to curate the kids’ space in the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) during the Italian Masterpieces exhibition. We met with the hyper-busy creative couple to chat about how they…

Orbitkey – A start-up success

Orbitkey – A start-up success

Industrial Designer Charles Ng hated the rattling noise his keys made when he went for a run. A lifelong interest in design and tinkering led to a simple and practical solution; a stack of tightly packed keys fastened together with a super glued screw. High school friend, business partner, and Pharmacist Rex Kuo saw potential in…

Uppercup – Designed & Made In Melbourne

Uppercup – Designed & Made In Melbourne

How much thought do you give to your take away coffee cup? How many coffees do you take away each week? How many take away cups dumped in the bin? Why are coffee cups so ugly? Why is my coffee already cold two blocks past the coffee shop? Why can’t someone design a reusable, insulated, and beautiful take away…

Working From Paradise

Working From Paradise

Paradise is closer than you think. A 4-hour flight from Melbourne to Auckland followed by a 5-hour flight lands you in Tahiti. Photographer Ed Sloane undertook the 9-hour commute to Teahupo’o to shoot the World Championship Tour of Surfing event. ‘I was on a plane with half the Australian surfers heading over for the competition…

The Long Commute

The Long Commute

The best part of a road trip is the sensation of feeling work and life at home melt away behind you and a weekend (or more) of adventure roll out in front. Road trips require planning, regardless of where you lie on the scale of spontaneous wanderer to pedantic planner. You need to plan at…

Thailand’s Official Star Wars Nerd

Thailand’s Official Star Wars Nerd

Atis Ruchirawat is Thailand’s official Star Wars nerd. While we were in Bangkok, he showed us through his 10,000-piece collection and told us why he started collecting and talked about the pinnacle of his Star Wars obsession, which ultimately brought his collecting to a halt. My passion for Star Wars began when I was 9…

Ink & Paper

Ink & Paper

Jeffrey Phillips is an illustrator living and working in Melbourne. We met Jeff through the internets, then in real life, and love his ability to capture so much personality and idiosyncratic detail with nothing more than ink and paper. We asked Jeff to sketch some of the Crumpler people he saw on his wanderings around Melbourne over the space…

Bangkok Commuting Culture

Bangkok Commuting Culture

Crumpler was recently in Bangkok, Thailand for the Thai Innovation and Design Expo. Architecture, design and art magazine Art4D invited Crumpler to present a two-day-intensive workshop discussing the finer points of bag design. Our galactic leader and Crumpler founder Dave, and product developer Kaine, spent the weekend working closely with 11 brands, carefully selected by…

The Lost Art of Portion Control

The Lost Art of Portion Control

American cuisine comprises some of the best and worst food I have ever eaten. For every sugar-coated, over-salted, corn-syrupy culinary atrocity, there is the counterbalance of the perfect slice of $1 pizza, a deliciously simple plate of rice and beans or the freshest fruit purchased from a Harlem sidewalk. As you can witness below, I…

The Pretty Littles – Rock & Roll

The Pretty Littles – Rock & Roll

The Pretty Littles are a rock band. There is no sexing up the matter. No celebrity collaborations, no glitter, no top 40 remix, no soulful acoustic pop-crooning, definitely no stomp box. Just simply great grungy rock and roll music and we love it. They are the talent behind the sound track to our latest short…

Poisson Cru – A Tahitian treat

Poisson Cru – A Tahitian treat

Ed Sloane is a freelance photographer who focuses on surf and the ocean. Between work trips to some of the world’s most exciting and beautiful places, he spends long hours swimming in Victoria’s cold Southern Ocean with heavy camera observing waves, surfers and aquatic wildlife.   While we were stoked to see our host climbing,…

Notes From The Underground

Notes From The Underground

Nusha Gurusinghe is a wayfarer and photographer who documents her trips on film. She recently returned from a trip through America enjoying the cultural experience that the New York subway offers, hitch-hiking in Yosemite National Park, and enduring and enjoying America’s diverse cuisine.   ‘Stand clear of the closing doors,’ a voice more melodic than…

Whacked In The Face By Hong Kong

Whacked In The Face By Hong Kong

Nicole Reed is a photographer who lives to capture the world. She has exhibited work in four different solo shows and her photos have been published in outstanding publications such as The Age, Rolling Stone, Short Black, Paper Sea Quarterly, and T-World Journal. Nicole recently returned with a camera full of images from her time in Hong Kong.   A…

Central American Portraits – Ana Marie & Friends

Central American Portraits – Ana Marie & Friends

Tom Blachford and Kate Ballis are photographers and lovers. They recently spent two months traveling through Central America documenting their fun. From the fishmongers of Puerto Escondido (above) to animal rescuers from Cuay Caulker, Tom and Kate introduce us to some of the people they met from their time in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico.   We met Ana Marie…

A New Line of Sight

A New Line of Sight

Dean Saffron is a freelance documentary photographer who has published work in The New York Times, Black and White magazine, The New Internationalist, Australian Geographic, ABC, and The Australian amongst many others. 7 years ago, working as a commercial photographer, Dean began working on aid projects and it encouraged him to move into documentary photography. In…

Wilsons Prom In Moonless Winter

Wilsons Prom In Moonless Winter

A couple of mates thought it would be fun to get four photographers into three tents for the weekend down at The Prom for a weekend of shooting. I don’t get out enough and needed some air so they invited me along and it was incredible. I grew up in Meeniyan, right near Wilson’s Prom,…

Tahiti – Off The Channel

Tahiti – Off The Channel

Tahiti is a very, very special part of the world – a south Pacific gem. I recently visited this small part of the Pacific for the first time and what stuck me immediately were the hues. The south pacific is like no where else I’ve traveled. It feels like someone grabbed the saturation slider, clicked…

An Interview with Documentary Photographer Michael Coyne

An Interview with Documentary Photographer Michael Coyne

Michael Coyne is a documentary photographer with an almost unbelievable professional history. He has shot for National Geographic, Life, New York Times, Time, Vogue, Smithsonian, and Sports illustrated magazines, and has published 7 books, including 2 cook books. He continues to shoot documentary photography and recently returned from another trip to Iran as part of…

A Balloonist’s Waist Pack

A Balloonist’s Waist Pack

A balloonist requires a low-level aviator license to fly. A few of us were standing around the beer cooler in Crumpler HQ talking about hot air balloons and our recent travels. The convo quickly turned to bags and lo, each of us had chosen the Low Level Aviator waist pack as our bag of choice for…

Guatemala’s Monster Lake

Guatemala’s Monster Lake

We had heard many tales of the Lake’s beauty. That it is responsible for expatriating thousands of people entranced by its beauty, under the spell of its purported magical energy, they were simply unable to leave. Some expats refer to it as “the vortex” from which they never escape, nor wish to.   Standing on…

Tokyo – Red Lights and Tattoos

Tokyo – Red Lights and Tattoos

The first time I went to Tokyo was eight months after the tsunami hit and I was told not to go based on available information about the levels of nuclear radiation. The country was obviously hurting a lot. Most of the businesses were only running on half power and I hardly saw any other tourists…

The Desert

The Desert

Halfway through 2012 the creative director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, led an expedition of surfers, cinematographers, photographers, and musicians into the remote Western Australian desert for three weeks. The idea for planning the trip to such a remote stretch of coastline was to camp and surf in the raw landscape of the…

The Spokesman

The Spokesman

James MacDonald was a very enigmatic man who had taken it upon himself to collect a bicycle from each developmental epoch of the bicycle’s progression for future generations to enjoy. He lived in a creaky wooden house, which can best be described as a living museum for bicycles.   I was introduced to James about…

Chunky Move  Part 2 – Niharika Senapati

Chunky Move
Part 2 – Niharika Senapati

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In part two of our chat with Chunky Move contemporary dancers and Spinning Vortex bag models we chat with Niharika. We collaborated with Chunky Move to shoot our new #vortexdiet collection. We wanted to see what would happen when we asked dancers to engage with and respond to our bags. See the results here. After a…

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The People You Meet In Abandoned Towns

The People You Meet In Abandoned Towns

The Salton Sea is a man made inland sea in California that was created around 1905 when the Colorado river was accidently diverted into the desert. It took them two years to stop the flow. The thought was that the sea would eventually dry up and everything would go back to normal but that didn’t…

Where The Drinks Are Hotter Than The Chili Sauce

Where The Drinks Are Hotter Than The Chili Sauce

Bag nerds and photographer couple Tom Blachford and Kate Ballis have been exploring Central America. This was their second trip through Mexico in two years and they are planning a third. They have been documenting the trials and ‘tortugas’ of their trip, get lost. It’s hard to believe Mexico D.F. is home to more museums than…

A Tour Around the Vis-à-Vis

A Tour Around the Vis-à-Vis

It’s hard to imagine that it’s taken from the root system of a plant. It’s almost creamy but sharp too, it coats the tongue and roof of the mouth, turning the pearly off-whites to soot. Any seed but aniseed and it’s strong across the palate, almost clumsy. New liquorice flavoured Vis-à-vis, mmm delicious.    …

New Orleans

New Orleans

Four years after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, i visited the still-reeling New Orleans, or NOLA as locals call it. The city was still working through the aftermath of the hurricane. The strength and love that the locals showed for one another and the fierce pride they have for their city gives New Orleans an amazing vibe. No matter…

Tacos

Tacos

It’s hard to ignore the Mexican culinary boom that has taken over Melbourne’s restaurant scene. Tacos seem to be everywhere and boy did they get fancy – lobster and truffled mayonnaise at just $18 a taco, ha. Thankfully, in Mexico tacos are a little more down to earth and Taco stands sit on most street…

Chunky Move Part 1 – Lauren Langlois

Chunky Move Part 1 – Lauren Langlois

In part one of our chat with Chunky Move contemporary dancers and Spinning Vortex bag models we chat with Lauren.   We collaborated with Chunky Move to shoot our new #vortexdiet collection. We wanted to see what would happen when we asked dancers to engage with and respond to our bags. See the results here. After…

A Walk Through New York City

A Walk Through New York City

New York City had always been on the top of my wish list of places to travel. Growing up watching movies and tv shows set in NYC I had always felt a creative pull to go and experience the city for myself.   After years of dreaming about what it would be like to walk…