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Making the ATD1: Industrialized Craftmanship

Our bags, including ATD1 Backpack, are made in an advanced workshop set in a secluded countryside area in Central Italy, just between the beaches of the Adriatic sea and the Apennines mountains. The setting is inspiring, surrounded by green, rounded hills and medieval towns. I like to call our production process "industrialized craftmanship". "Craftmanship" because all of them are entirely built from scratch by a single artisan and his intern, and every step is made in-house. "Industrialized" because all the bags are made one step at a time: all the cutting, all the straps, all the bottoms, and so on. It usually takes 7 to 9 weeks to fully produce a 100-pieces ATD1 backpack run from the moment we receive all the raw materials. We start...

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ATD1 Backpack: Cordura® 500d or X-Pac® VX21?

*** NOTE: 21 Dec 2020 - Run 4 will be using X21 instead of VX21. The X-pac® fabric is exactly the same but it has a thicker film (0.5mm instead of 0.25mm) and lacks the taffeta backing. We opted for this solution since the pack is fully lined and the backing really was unnecessary, while a thicker film improves structure and water resistance. ATD1 Backpack now comes in two fabric options: for our 3rd production run we decided to play around and experiment using X-Pac® VX21 for a limited amount of packs. X-Pac® fabrics are laminated products originally developed by Dimension Polyant for sail makers and they became increasingly used in the softgoods industry. VX21 is a solid balance of...

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A crowdfunding journey - ATD1 Backpack

As soon as ATD1’s Kickstarter campaign came to an end, i started feeling the need to put the whole journey on paper. It’s been a huge, completely new thing to me, fully managed by myself: i learned so many new things and i wanted to be sure that i wouldn’t have forgotten anything. On the other hand, i was so tired of everything related to crowdfunding that i just wanted to dive into production and fulfilling: they aren’t less stressful, but i already knew how to handle them, so I just postponed this recap. Now, waiting for my manufacturing partner to complete ATD1’s 2nd production run and working on new products, i feel this is the right time to sum up. Obviously,...

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ATD1 Backpack is back in stock - Production Run n°2

ATD1's second production run, including both packs and padded belts, is now in stock and ready to be shipped in the world.All pre-orders were picked up on Friday afternoon by Italian Posts directly at the manufacturing facility in central Italy and i just came back from there to my base in Milan.We were lucky enough to have received really few negative feedbacks in the first run, and never regarding the whole product but one or two details. I'm also glad i've just seen one ATD1 pack sold by the original buyer on forums, subreddits and Facebook groups, because this means users are satisfied of their purchase.Still, products have to be improved, constantly, and the advantage of small production runs is that we can do it quite quickly.Here...

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