When Colin Sullivan-Stevens founder of Anchorpak, couldn't find a bag that was comfortable when he was biking to work, so he created one. Now, in the past year, he's sold 2,000. BY LAURIE SCHREIBER In 2012, designer and artist Colin...
Practical Travel Gear
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.
Designed by a R.I.S.D. trained artist and designer, Anchorpak bags differentiate themselves by their structure and the way you carry them on your body.
It’s been 21 months since we launched Anchorpak. Today we introduce you to a new website & a new product & a cool science experiment involving our paks and the forces of gravity.
The design achievement of this year is the Dash pak. We listened to what you told us about the problems you have carrying stuff with your existing bags and Colin worked all winter with a pattern maker to solve those problems.
From sketchbook to studio: behind the scenes with Colin Sullivan-Stevens, artist, designer, and founder of Anchorpak
Artists use their sketchbooks like writers use their journals -a place to deposit the inner churnings of their brains, where they can unload their ideas recklessly onto the page. As a journalist, I translate every thought into words, but as I flip through the intricate and wild sketchbook of Colin Sullivan-Stevens, I begin to wonder whether images can tell a more complete story. The pages are covered in tesseracts, patterns, pine trees, and scribbles—webs of pen work sprawling across the page with a logic that isn’t immediately apparent. I feel as though I’m gazing directly into his brain, where patterns proliferate and odd angles dominate.
"It's incredibly versatile. It can be turned into a backpack like this, or I can bring it around in front of me," said designer Colin Sullivan-Stevens.
Sullivan-Stevens created the Anchorpak, and said no matter how you wear it, the bag comfortably stays put.