Altadena sounds super far away. It really isn’t, as it’s just to the Northeast of us above Pasadena. It sounds like some little brother to Big Bear that isn’t far at all, essentially the mountain land you see in the distance from midcity. With such a terrain, it’s only appropriate that rugged outdoor apparel is being made for cool people in town, namely by way of bags and such. Altadena Works are the people making them and, boy, are their bags coo.
Their bags are simple and masculine, understated and fully functional. They are also practical and varied, ranging from your standard book bag to the double barreled hiking rucksack. Like the Kelty bags CNTRL Group carries, they come in a small selection of colors (green, navy, and black) that further heighten just how inconspicuous the bags are crafted to be.
Departing from the “rugged” ware, they also have some really delicate “tote” bags. I hesitate to use the word “tote” because they clearly aren’t: they’re masculine carryalls that go over the shoulder instead of on your back. They have a different sophistication from the other bags and, really, are the male answer to the Longchamp Roseau bag I’ve been coveting for years.
Check out their website, which is super well designed and features beautiful photography by Brett Cody Rodgers. The bags are a valuable investment and would have any owner of it (or gift recipient for Christmas…) giddy with excitement to stuff everything they own into it.