Carry Candy :: Hard Graft 3Fold
This is quite the Carry Candy piece. Anything that comes in at this price level is def candy you ain’t going to be eating anytime soon. Andrew Tsui gives us his thoughts on the 3Fold in a semi drive by/carry candy style post, either way this is a sexy piece of carry.
What really caught my eye about Hard Graft’s carry catalog was the 3FOLD Multi-use Bag. Offered in three color variations, it’s a novel use of origami principles to maintain its shape in several different ways. The first form, a large portfolio, looks most useful for the artistic folks who need to carry large prints and perhaps a laptop and its accessories. It’s definitely big enough for canvases, stands, and a minimal amount of paint and pencil supplies.
In contrast, the “overnighter” form definitely gives duffel-style capacity along with lovely leather touches to create an elegant travel companion. This form is created by cinching two leather straps through the tips of the triangle folds that naturally form on this shape, similar to an origami “water bomb”. Based on the video, I’d figure that folding this bag together could be a 5-minute exercise even with the crease seams sewn into the bag in order to facilitate the formation of the shape itself. But the end result is damn nice.
And to round out the things you could do with this bag, the “slim laptop” form at 18.5 inches long by 13 inches high (and approximately 4 inches thick based on my judgment) looks suitable for a broad range of paperwork and, of course, a laptop and its accessories. In this case, it’s held together by merging the two straps together, originally to form the “overnighter”, into one long strap that encircles the entire height of the bag.
To be entirely practical, I don’t know that the average artist or traveller will want to pay roughly $764 US (quoted as €589 Euro) for it. It is certainly beautiful to look at, and I’m sure the leather is top notch. But even if I received it as a gift, I’d be scared to scratch or maim the exterior finish. As a concept, it is fantastic; I wish I could have come up with and marketed it myself! But practically speaking, it might just be a bit to large and unwieldy to shift between those forms. And as a finishing thought, duck waxed canvas might have simply been a more durable and practical choice for a more affordable bag that could popularize the idea.