Kendal & Hyde Medium Classic Leather Satchel – First Impressions

The team at BestLeather has the privilege of seeing lots and lots of leather products. Since we’re leather aficionados (aka leather nerds), we think of it as a major perk for being part of this team. But, even for us there are those times when we see a leather bag or another product and remark to anyone who’s willing to listen, “oh…they really got that one right.” Those are the words I uttered when I opened the email from Kendal & Hyde regarding their newest bag, the Classic Leather Satchel.

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About Kendal & Hyde

Kendal & Hyde is located in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA. They have a great eye for design and details. This is evident when you look at the list of successful Kickstarters (now on their 4th) they’ve created since 2014. Their products are functional, appealing, and built to stand the rigors of daily use and time.

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Construction

The Medium Classic Leather Satchel we received here is a working prototype of what’s to come in their production run. Said production run is guaranteed to happen now that they’ve eclipsed their Kickstarter goal of $50k (they are now well on their way to doubling that number).

If you’re a veg tan fan…you’re in luck here. The Classic Leather Satchel is 100% vegetable tanned leather. It’s being featured in natural, black, and medium brown colors. The leather is thick and only slightly stiff. This is a bag that will definitely develop a gorgeous patina over time.

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It also comes in three sizes:

  • Large – 17.75″W x 13″H x 9″D
  • Medium –15.75″W x 12″H x 9″D
  • Small – 14.25″W x 11″H x 6″D

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All three sizes contain the same features and design elements. This Kickstarter has generated some very interesting conversations in some of the leather groups we follow on Facebook. The overwhelming majority of those discussions have been very positive and supportive. However, there are always those who like to make comparisons or make unsupported claims of duplicating another design. I’m never a fan of those comparisons and complaints. I often find them unfounded and usually untrue. The cold hard truth is that there are only so many ways to create a satchel-styled bag. This version is in fact, very unique in several ways:

  • the Buffalo nickel on the handle wrap
  • full vegetable tanned leather
  • the thickness of shoulder pad is amazing
  • it features a single piece side and bottom—no seam in the center
  • hardware that is unrivaled in quality (solid brass)
  • the center pocket is for a laptop and is designed to keep it from being bumped from any direction…a very unique and effective strategy.
  • includes a dedicated iPad pocket that also keeps it from being knocked around as well
  • the unique, modular aspect, which allows for additional pockets, straps, and accessories to be added to the satchel for personal customization. The line of accessories will continue to be developed and works on all of the satchels in this line (and will work with future designs too)

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So, as you can see there are many elements here that differentiate the Kendal & Hyde Satchel. Personally, I’m thrilled to see the modular design aspect incorporated. It’s brilliant. As a fan of vintage Swiss Army leather goods, I really like the design of the single and triple pouches…which definitely hearken back to the ammunition pouches from the Swiss Army.

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Function

Since this is a prototype, we haven’t had the luxury of using this as rigorously or as long as we usually do when putting together our reviews. However, the feel of this bag, the quality of construction, and the design elements included lead us to believe that this bag will perform its role for you in high style and perfection.

We look forward to being able to report on regular usage once we receive the production models. We’ll be featuring full reviews of those in just a couple of months.

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Aesthetic

Clean lines, exceptional build quality, and top of the line components all blend together for a visually appealing feast. Sounds cheesy but it’s true. The Kendal & Hyde Classic Satchel exudes class and style in my opinion. It appears that it will look great whether it’s carried over the shoulder, cross body, or in backpack mode.

Conclusion

The Kickstarter for the Kendal & Hyde Classic Satchel is still going. Secure one in the size and color you want and you’ll save about $100 off the normal price. Also, all of the modular pieces and other accessories are discounted. We’ve had a total of four reviewers from our team check out this Kendal & Hyde Satchel. The overwhelming consensus is that we highly recommend that you get one ordered for yourself. It’s definitely a Buy It for Life Satchel that you’ll be able to hand down for many generations.

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  1. Thank you for the detailed review Tim! I’m wondering what is the color of the bag that is featured here in this review? I’m looking to getting this bag but never taken care of a leather bag before. Will this bag require a lot of maintenance? Would I need to worry about water/rain? If I eventually want a darker look, would it be a good idea to apply olive oil or just get a darker bag to start off with? I would definitely appreciate your advice on this investment.

    • I may be wrong, but that looks like just the natural veg tanned color.. I oil mine with a saddle soap / beeswax and neetsfoot oil mixture. You want to oil your leather every couple of months / depending on usage / area you live in from what I gathered. Natural leather will also change color with age, so it will darken with oils and sunlight / age.

      (I also like the look of aging them with olive oil / etc.. as i prefer the weathered / beat up / not perfect look) If you want a perfect look you might want one that is dyed…

      Attached is a link to what I use for my leather goods.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PHV9HXS?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

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    • Hello Siamrut – yes, it is the natural color. Maintenance shouldn’t be an issue at all. Using just saddle soap or a natural leather conditioner (Otter Wax, Dropforge Leather Care, or others similar) will keep your bag protected while still allowing it to gain its own natural patina with time and use. It’s a great bag!

      • Awesome! I’ve been trying to decide if I should get it or not! This is very helpful! 🙂

  2. Any more information on how this bag has performed longer term?

    • Hello. We have only been able to do the initial “first impressions” review on this bag so far. We should have a test bag to utilize and report on within the next few weeks. Judging from the prototype we were able to check out, I imagine it will hold up fabulously and develop an awesome patina. Thanks for the comment!

      • You’re welcome. In turn, let me thank you for maintaining an excellent website!

        I’d very much love to learn about the long term use of the Kendal & Hyde bag. I love their design and think the approach they use for marketing themselves is genius. Full disclosure, I purchased a pair of their boots and two belts in previous Kickstarters. Both purchases have left me a happy consumer. In fact, I’m so happy with the initial boot buying experience, I intend on buying another pair in a different color.

        While I trust the quality of what they create, I have never owned a leather satchel before. To that end, your expertise is will be part of the weighing mechanism I employ as I consider my options.

        Thanks again and have a great Thanksgiving!

      • Hey BodyMassage, get a chance to see our full review of the Classic Satchel yet?

  3. Another note: shipping has been slow and bad. Lots of people over six months, with few updates. The ones that come out are then pushed off again. Might be worth thinking about, I’m not convinced I’ll get mine and am watching the timeline where I can still contest via paypal. This review sites that get free product might not worry about that, but I do.

    • @imfb:disqus, Fair criticism. We were completely overwhelmed by 8x the anticipated volume in pre-production orders causing a cascade of production delays to tan more leather (ours takes 6-8 weeks to tan because it is so thick) and more hardware (we bought up all the US stock of some items and had to wait for more to be made a 3-4 week delay compounded by an additional 2 weeks for CNY. The good news is by the end of this month we will have shipped all the pre-production orders and will have inventory in stock for immediate shipping. The bad news is the $100 (20%) discount we offered to all those willing to wait patiently and preorder their satchel is about to end. As for worrying about getting a refund for a cancelled preordered satchel, you do not need to worry about that or even contest with PayPal. Anyone who wants to cancel an order can do so and get an immediate refund the same day by contacting us and letting us know.

  4. I just received my 13″ whiskey brown satchel. Yes, it did take some time to get to me. However, it is f****** amazing. The smell, the color, the positivity that it provides is so badass. Although I did find the 13″ satchel to be a little bit on the small side, it’s just my personal preference and so I exchanged it for the 15″. Since they have it in stock now, I’m sure it will get to me within a week or two. Jessica at customer service has been amazing at responding and helping me with the process. I’m glad I went with Kendal & Hyde. The bag is f****** rad. The wait is well worth it.

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