Functionality Meets Sustainability with SEALSON Packs
Written by Ali George Hinkins
Up until now, the ability to source SEALSON within the UK has proven difficult but, This Thing of Ours has once again demonstrated its tenacity to source hard-to-come-by labels. For those who may be unfamiliar with the brand, we’ll give you a quick rundown.
Based in Taiwan, SEALSON is an innovative bag research studio that is concerned with pushing the envelope when it comes to design, looking to propel its products into urban settings and beyond. However, as mentioned, it seems that they don’t stop at metropolitan areas, instead, designing their packs with a hybrid mentality and preparing them for the outdoors, too.
In some instances, this would just be marketing jargon but when it comes to SEALSON, they seek out experts for external consultation allowing them to specifically engineer the packs to their intended purpose. Functional fabrics like Ecoya® Nylon, ample storage and careful research are all integral components of the brand's process.
What separates them most from other brands occupying the same space is their consideration of a number of design components, including ergonomic shapes, using less resource-intensive fabrics and through-and-through functionality. We ought to expand on these so it doesn’t seem like meaningless jargon. Starting with ergonomics, many of their packs are shaped to align with the body’s natural movements and posture so they don’t get in the way; instead, they seek to enrich the wearer’s experience. Next up, they have stated to be committed to sustainability by engineering their own fabrics, most notably Ecoya® which is a type of nylon that is said to use 50% less water than standard nylon, as well as reducing the usage of electricity, CO2 and coal without compromising on overall functionality. Lastly, we have stressed throughout the inherent functionality that is woven into each product which comes by way of ample storage, laminated zippers and external gear loops that allow the wearer to attach additional items.
This Thing of Ours’ offering satisfies all of the aforementioned, featuring the following styles: M1 Ecoya® Crossbody Bag, TE-S Ecoya® 3-Way Messenger Bag, SC22 Ecoya® Day Hike Backpack and XPAC Lightweight Alpine Backpack. Utilising SEALSON’s proprietary Ecoya® fabric that delivers durable waterproofing, each pack has been carefully selected by This Thing of Ours to offer varying degrees of storage for different situations. For example, the TE-S Messenger Bag - a modular bag that can transform from a tote bag to a sling and then backpack - and M1 Crossbody Bag are ideal for commutes due to their easy-to-access storage, lightweight nature and consideration for ergonomics; they both tuck neatly by the wearer’s side. The SC22 and SCM48 - a collaboration with Outdoor Cafe - are larger backpacks that allow for a seamless transition between urban commuting and outdoor escapades, boasting technical details like mesh pockets, compression straps, interior laptop sleeves and waterproof zippers. There’s too much list to list, you have to really see it to believe it.
The full range is available to purchase online and in-store from This Thing of Ours.