Ghurka Large Pouch No. 65 Review – $150

Ghurka is a NYC based company focused on producing leather goods with a classic American style. The company factory started in Norwalk, CT in 1975 and its founder, Marley Hodgson, was inspired at an estate sale by campaign gear made for Ghurka regimental officers stationed in India during the early 1900s. The company’s ownership and ideals have shifted over the years but the current company is bringing itself back to its roots in terms of construction and design.

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CONSTRUCTION

Like all Ghurka products, including the Cavalier II No. 97,  the Large Pouch is made with the original secret vegetable tanning formula of the very first designs. The leather is full grain imported calf from Italy or France (depending on which customer rep you talk with) with the signature Ghurka checkered lining. Although Ghurka is slowly bringing back its production back to the United States with some core designs, other items such as the pouches are still assembled in other countries such as China or the Dominican Republic. They then undergo strict quality control evaluations prior to hitting the shelves. Don’t assume the worst though – the second your hand picks up that thick supple leather, you’ll know you are holding a quality piece.

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FUNCTION

The Large Pouch measures 8.75″ x 12″ with a single zipper for easy access and closure. It is the perfect size for an iPad Air or standard documents and is a great alternative to a standard folio or sleeve. The full grain leather and soft lining is substantial and adds a layer of protection to electronics or other fragile items.

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AESTHETIC

The Large Pouch has a simple and classic design with the Ghurka logo subtly debossed onto the front. The pouch has a polished and sophisticated look with rounded edges and inverted hemming. In India Orange, it’s sure to turn heads although if that doesn’t suit your style, there are 11 other color and material options available, depending on the collection.

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A Ghurka Large Pouch makes everything seem more luxurious – even your office skull and orchid.

BESTLEATHER CONCLUSION

The Ghurka Large Pouch No.65 is… a large leather pouch – with an equally large price tag. Although it serves a basic function, it stands out in quality and classic style. It is a nice investment for those who appreciate luxurious leather even in the simplest of items.

Check it out here.

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  1. My small pouch is made in the USA. Also, some sites list The Cavalier as Made in the USA, while ithers say it’s Imported. It’s hella confusing.

    • The current company leadership is trying to bring back manufacturing to the United States. Therefore some products within the same line are made in the USA. Even then, it is easily confusing…. maybe on purpose. For instance, when I received my Cavalier II, I searched far and wide for the “made in” tag. It is well hidden in the inside pocket, in the corner – no more than a few mm wide and 1.5 cm long. It says “Designed in the USA” on the front but if you stick your fingers in there and swing it around and it says “Made in China.” I called customer service. They were able to search their database for the same product but for one made in the USA and offered to exchange it. It didn’t bother me so I didn’t. When I visited the actual store, I looked into a Cavalier on display as well and found the same thing. I guess older inventory tends to be imported, but the made in USA products are out there, especially in recently made products with newer registration numbers. The customer service will tell you where the bags are made if you inquire. Not everything imported is automatically made in the Dominican Republic or China though. Some of their larger products are made in Italy.

    • The current company leadership is trying to bring back manufacturing to the United States. Therefore some products within the same line are made in the USA. Even then, it is easily confusing…. maybe on purpose. For instance, when I received my Cavalier II, I searched far and wide for the “made in” tag. It is well hidden in the inside pocket, in the corner – no more than a few mm wide and 1.5 cm long. It says “Designed in the USA” on the front but if you stick your fingers in there and swing it around and it says “Made in China.” I called customer service. They were able to search their database for the same product but for one made in the USA and offered to exchange it. It didn’t bother me so I didn’t. When I visited the actual store, I looked into a Cavalier on display as well and found the same thing. I guess older inventory tends to be imported, but the made in USA products are out there, especially in recently made products with newer registration numbers. The customer service will tell you where the bags are made if you inquire. Not everything imported is automatically made in the Dominican Republic or China though. Some of their larger products are made in Italy.

      • Yeah, I figure it’s best to ask them first where it came from. I do applaud the effort to move the manufacturing back to the US. Is saw their promotional video last year (and did very well to ignore all the commenters bitching about it being made by “Mexicans”).

        And I love my pouch! It’s where I stick everything; bills, keys, USBs full of porn…

    • Very cool Ezra! Thanks for linking to BestLeather.

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