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5 Small Boutique Brands to Watch

5 Small Boutique EDC Brands to Watch

by , January 28, 2020

In an industry full of big names, it’s easy for the little guys to get lost. But small boutique EDC brands offer some of the best gear around. They’re agile, hungry, and work hard to bring their own unique vibe. So with that in mind, we set about unearthing some of these hidden gems. Introducing 5 small EDC brands that are worth keeping your eye on…

SAND Pack Co.

SAND Pack Co. are crafters of hybrid gear that plays between outdoor and urban settings, nailing a sweet balance of playful, colorful and hard-wearing. Whether you’re hitting the trails or zipping down city streets, you’ll find a range of hard-wearing gear ready to handle your carry needs including backpacks, wallets, slings, camera straps and key clips. Everything is made by hand in Portland, Oregon. And you can bet durable, weather-resistant fabrics will be front and center, ensuring their gear is always ready for adventure.

SAND Pack Co. Dayzer Sling and Arcade Pouch
SAND Pack Co. Mountain Mini Hip Pack and OP-1 Cargo Softcase
SAND Pack Co. Banff Pack and Utility Notes Case

The Ancoats Bag Company

John Clark, the founder of the Ancoats Bag Company, is no stranger to the design world, having worked as a softgoods designer across the sports and lifestyle industry. But his strong desire to not just design but also make goods himself led to the founding of this British brand. Based in Manchester, the Ancoats Bag Company is a means by which John can design, prototype and make gear in-house. And the Tote Project is the star of the show. A build-to-order bag designed to accommodate demanding urban lifestyles. The multifunctional tote is available in two sizes and comes in a choice of tough fabric and hardware options. You can even get more personalized with padding and divider options. Add in multiple ways to carry the bag, and you’re all set for the active commute, after-work drinks, weekend day trips and more.

The Ancoats Bag Company Tote Project
The Ancoats Bag Company Tote Project
The Ancoats Bag Company Utility Case and The Tote - Standard 4 way Cordura Nylon 500D


If you like your carry with a techwear slant, Sacra should definitely be on your radar. Based in Belarus, they offer a variety of handmade bags, all crafted in-house. The brand brings streetwear aesthetics and functionality together, to ensure their gear delivers in style and during demanding use too. Sacra isn’t afraid to experiment with materials, allowing them to get bold in looks while ensuring gear is tough enough to stand up to the rigours of everyday use.

Sacra Survive 0.3 and Survive 0.4
Sacra AIDE 0.1 Messenger and Survive 0.3 Laser cut M.O.L.L.E (reflective chameleon)
Sacra AIDE 0.2 MAX (Crystal) and Driver 0.1


Spending time outdoors is special. And having the right carry gear on hand makes it even more enjoyable. This desire was the inspiration behind UNJOE, a small Japanese brand inspired by the mountains. UNJOE offers a lightweight range of wallets and shoulder bags that are made by hand and designed to embrace the outdoors. The pieces combine a variety of technical materials with interesting blocks of color and texture, offering a playful take on outdoor gear.



Founded in 2016, AEVOR is a German brand dedicated to practical, urban-friendly carry and responsible manufacturing. Their style gives off a real San Francisco vibe, drawing inspiration from the likes of Mission Workshop, Chrome and Timbuk2, whilst tuning down their exteriors to reach a lovely minimalist look all their own.

They offer a range of backpacks and shoulder bags in recycled fabrics sourced from bluesign® system partners, with minimal environmental impact during production. They are also a member of Fair Wear and support safe, fair working conditions through their suppliers. AEVOR’s carry gear is designed to adapt on the go, transitioning from work or college to the weekend and back again. Fun, modern aesthetics and functional designs help you carry comfortably and efficiently across diverse loads and environments.


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