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Military materials toughen up laptop, iPad bags

Los Angeles designer Spencer Nikosey makes a range of backpacks and gadgets bags crafted from tough military fabrics from various wars.

Killspencer iPad bag
The $150 Desert Sand iPad 2 case is made with a vintage canvas material originally engineered in 1964 and used in the Vietnam War. Killspencer

Durable, rugged, and stylish are words that don't often go together, especially when laptop bags are involved. Industrial designer Spencer Nikosey, who's based in Los Angeles, may change this perception with his range of backpacks and satchels for portable computers.

Special Ops Backpack
This $340 Special Ops Backpack is made from repurposed military truck tarp material. Killspencer

As part of his Killspencer brand, Spencer designs and makes bags that range from messenger satchels to a large carryall, all with specialized laptop or iPad compartments. Some models standout models include his Special Ops Backpack and Desert Sand iPad 2 Case, the former fitting laptops not larger than a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

What sets Killspencer bags apart are the tough materials they're said to be made of--military fabrics from various wars. There's Korean War-era cotton canvas, a material used by soldiers in the 1950s; desert sand-coated cotton canvas used in the Vietnam War; and our favorite, a military truck tarp that's been "used in combat."

Like Acme Made, another well-known premium laptop bag manufacturer, Killspencer carriers command a premium. The iPad 2 Case will set you back $150, while larger models range from $285 to $450. The bags are available online and ship internationally.

(Source: Crave Asia via Uncrate)