New Chrome bags | Brigadier and Yalta
Every bag nut is familiar with Chrome. Their big buckled messengers and styling roll-top backpacks helped usher in the urban cycle cool look that so many are running with today. So how have Chrome gone since the original founders (Bart Kyzar and Mark Falvai) split? Ummm, OK…
We’ve seen Chrome putting more attention into their footwear, retail roll out, and broader accessories. There has not been much action in the bags stable, so it’s great to see 2 new backpack models launched. So how are they looking?
They seem to have pretty bomber construction, there’s some neat materials they are running with, and their aesthetics are sorted. The downside is that there’s no real sophistication or innovation in the patterns, closures or features. When you see the steps that Mission Workshop are now making in innovative ideas (with Bart and Mark at the helm), it just seems like a slightly wasted opportunity.
Having said that, the price-points are great (US$120-140), and the bags seem to have pretty large capacities. They are simple, no fuss roll-tops that should protect your gear for not too crazy amounts of coin.
It’s good to see Chrome working on bags again