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Atelier De L’Armee’s Collectables Pack Had a Previous Life in the Swiss Army

Your backpack is probably tough (or it’s not, no judgment), but did it protect army cargo from the elements in a previous life? It did not. The Collectibles Pack from Atelier De L’Armée, however, did. 

Made by hand in the Netherlands with actual reclaimed Swiss Army tent truck covers, each of these individually numbered-and-signed packs comes with more features than the knives bearing the same heritage. A sampling? Sure. The roll-top design comes outfitted with adjustable straps made from un-dyed veg-tanned leather, there’s a padded laptop sleeve inside, brushed stainless steel hardware all over and so much more.  

(But seriously, the description is only 34 words shorter than Infinite Jest and the “Specs” section is two columns long. To be clear, this level of detail is a great thing for an owner, but it can venture into to tl;dr territory in this medium. Onward.)

And because each one is made from literal war ephemera, the odd imperfection is to be expected, as is some variance from piece to piece. As far as toughness goes, there will probably be backpacks made from old tanks and bullet-ridden kevlar someday, but this will have to do for now. 

Available for $445 at Division Road.