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Bedouin Foundry fascinates me.
My love affair with the Genghis began
My favorite messenger bag
The rebirth of Genghis Khan
We had already worked on the Balian collaboration together and if I may speak for the both of us, we had a lot of fun and we work together really well. Bold ideas flow easily in a very carefree manner. Sadly, due to the circumstances in the world, we were unable to meet in person to have pints while we designed. Remotely, each with a beer in hand, we began down the rabbit hole together. Of course, we’d be starting with the Genghis. But we wanted it to connect to its collab predecessor, allowing for a secondary budding “collab family”. And of course, the goal with these projects is to create something special. Something extremely functional that the end user will love and actually use. With a twist.
“Remember, you have no companions but your shadow.”
– Genghis Khan.
Out comes the rolls of black Dyneema. Silas, myself, Bedouin, Carryology, yourself, we all love this magical stuff that goes by the name Dyneema. Silas is certainly no stranger to the stuff, having now released several products that offer the space age fabric instead of the tried and true Halley Stevensons waxed cotton fabric he uses traditionally in his products. In our last project, we had already selected our favorite Dyneema options. They were selected due to waterproofness, hand feel, abrasion resistance, strength, and aesthetics. So we selected the “CT5K.18” (sexy name, huh?), made in The Netherlands, connecting the two collabs together in both materials, performance, and aesthetics. Of course, it wouldn’t be Bedouin without leather. So we used the vegetable-tanned top-grain Italian leather from the Balian collab for shoulder pad interaction point on the bag and we kept the stout Italian bridle leather for the all the edge binding and (most importantly) on the flap panel, providing functional stiffness that will eventually break in like a trusty pair of work boots.
All black… everything. Like the spread of the Mongol empire, we wanted a dark shadow covering every inch, nothing spared. Scorched earth. The burly yet smooth metal RiRi zippers (made in Switzerland)? We binned the chrome finish normally found on flagship Bedouin products and custom ordered black metal RiRi zippers. The beloved AustriAlpin Cobra buckles? Normally the Cobras have a bright silver finish to contrast the waxed cotton black Genghis colorway. Here, all three of them would we changed to black (two 25mm buckles and one 50mm buckle). We also upgraded them to the brand new and improved Pro-Style version, straight from the HQ in Austria. The Dyneema, black. The leather, black. The webbing, black. The trim, black. Of course, we couldn’t have the interior liner be black for functional purposes. So we opted for the heavy-duty cotton drill custom hand-printed in the UK, orange geometric crank liner designed by Zeke Wade. The same stuff we used in the Balian collab. It’s pure cold darkness outside until you step inside the luxurious bedouin tent to seek a few moments of warm shelter.
And lastly… just like Genghis wanted more, we wanted to deliver you even more with the KHAN. Every KHAN will include a custom accessory pouch. Made from matching black Dyneema, lined with custom orange geometric crank liner, and closed up with a black RiRi zipper. It’s all yours, for whatever spoils you may acquire on the conquest of your adventures.