A New Architecture for Carrying
What People are Saying
I’ve spent years lugging my messenger bag down endless corridors, dreading the walks, the strain on my shoulders. But with the Anchorpak, I feel liberated. I can reach into it, pull out a snack, a phone, a book, then flip the bag back, out of the way, and keep on trekking. What a relief. Stress no more.
– Bruce S. - Portland, Me.
Remember the days before suitcases with wheels? The Anchorpak is just as revolutionary. As a frequent traveler, I use mine all the time and can carry LOTS with me without feeling a heavy load. I also can get to what I want quickly and easily without fumbling with a heavy, unwieldy backpack. And I also like its stylish flair.
– Carol W.
The search for the perfect tote bag is almost as elusive as the search for the perfect travel backpack. I have several top contenders in my arsenal of travel totes, but without a doubt, my new Anchorpak is the most innovative.
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– Amy Whitley,
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Serendipity brought our talented sewer named Hop to the United States... "One day when visiting Hanoi, Hop found a letter lying on the street that had a North Yarmouth, Maine return address. . . " Hop’s coming to America story is a story of romance and chance. After learning English at the University in Hanoi, Vietnam, she graduated to become a high school English teacher in her hometown, Gia Binh. Once in 2006 while visiting Hanoi, she found a letter lying in the street. It had a North Yarmouth, Maine return address. She took the letter to the address in Hanoi it was addressed to but that person had moved on. So she sent the letter back to the sender, our friend in Maine, with a little note. He wrote back. Back then Vietnam didn’t have internet and it took two weeks for a letter to be delivered. Thus began an eight year correspondence. Eventually this correspondence turned into a proposal for marriage and by the next year Hop had moved to the USA, remarkably, to the address in North Yarmouth to which the letter was addressed! Hop credit's her sister for showing her how to make a garment from scratch without a pattern. Since a young age she's developed her own craft while making creations of her own and working for others as a freelance artisan. We were also lucky to meet Hop. Anchorpak desperately needed a talented sewer since making our unique bag is not exactly a straightforward task. Hop says that she enjoys the puzzle and challenge of putting things together. We were amazed to find out she sewed her first bag without even glancing at our complicated pattern's instructions. These days Hop interprets our new designs into reality and continues to triple-stitch seams like a magician. Hop's studio looks out on the woods skirting the headwaters of the Royal River. She has 3 machines and uses different ones for different tasks. Her sewing room is serene and organized, "sewing calms and focuses me" she told me. As in Vietnam the craft of sewing is a valued tradition in Maine. As far as lost letters go, this one made it's way home in good stead.
Real people sew our bags ‑ get seams straight, decipher our geometrically complex patterns, stay up late finishing an order, pay attention to thread tension, seam allowances and fabric placement. Sewn into every bag is a little bit of the experience and story, the skill and talent of each one of our sewers. Their signatures are literally sewn into the bag. Without these skills and the commitment of our team of sewers to bringing you a beautifully hand sewn piece, Anchorpak bags wouldn’t be the exceptional, personal, handcrafted articles they are. We’d like you to meet our team of sewers so you can know the story of your bag: who made it, how they learned their skill, what it means to them to sew beautiful things. On this blog we will introduce you one by one to our sewers.
All last year we received avid reports from customers that their Anchorpak was "the most comfortable bag I've ever owned". This year we are collecting the biometric data to prove that claim. When a customer tells us how good their Anchorpak feels to wear, they accompany that story with a tale about how much their current bag hurts their shoulder or neck or wears them down. They rub a particular spot on their shoulder and grimace and frown. Until now we had no idea how many "bad bag stories" there are and how ambivalent some people are towards the bag on their back or shoulder. And how resigned. Most of our customers were of the grin and bear it school because they had no idea that a bag could treat them better. Because we wanted to know more about the precise physics of carrying and how our bag and other bags actually perform — how weight and force interact with the shape of the bag and transfer those forces to the muscles and joints in the body — we applied to the Maine Technology Institute for a grant to study this question. We were awarded that grant and the study has just begun this month at the University of New England Motion Analysis Lab in Portland. .https://anchorpak.com/pages/ergo-fit The MAL’s resources include the latest 3D Motion Analysis Software, as well as an eight camera Qualisys Track Manager System, three AMTI Force Plates, a sixteen-channel Noraxon Wireless EMG System, and a Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer. We will compare our bag to messenger bags and backpacks and even to itself to see if it's possible to increase the efficiency of the bag's capacity to handle pressure on the body. We will keep you up to date on the study as it goes along and show you the cool pictures this 3D software generates. We welcome any comments or ideas you may have. The picture here is of our team: Katy Rudlolph, Phd in biometrics, Michael Lawrence, Lab Director, Tucker Troast, Anchorpak Intern and Ralph Rosales Anchorpak pattern consultant.