UrbanBogan is an Australian online shop which sells authentic, stylish and affordable leather bags and accessories.
“Our brand acknowledges the rustic charm of leather hence it’s Bogan, however our style is modern and chic and so it’s urban in look and feel.”
The owners were keen to create a small business based on ethical and eco-friendly principals. As a result, they use suppliers which they have had personal contact with and tend to use small family businesses rather than big factories. They make sure their shortlisted suppliers have fair pay and conditions and ethical work practices.
“One of our supplier based in Kolkata hired both the husband and wife so they could both feel comfortable while working. We check the companies strictly adhere to a ‘no child labour’ policy which is sadly still prevalent in a lot of industries in India. We have a process to conduct a site check at least once every year, and if we notice any supplier not complying with our policies and standards we will strictly not work with them for all our current and future endeavours. This is the reason it took us almost 1 year to conceptualise the entire business plan because we wanted to put extra effort in creating a multi option, ethical and environment friendly supply chain.”
The leather is sourced and made in different parts of the country, as different regions in India are known for their expertise in different forms of leather. All of the UrbanBogan backpacks, clutches and wallets are made of full grain vegetable/Cat-ionic tanned leather which matures with prolonged exposure to sun and oil from hands and creates a unique patina on the surface and makes the product look more beautiful with time.
“This give our brand a uniqueness as we select leather based on the product and not just on looks and price.”
In addition to using ethically produced manufacturers, UrbanBogan works with tanneries which take the extra effort to eliminate toxins not only from the leather but also put extra efforts in responsible waste management at the same time.
“It’s our small contribution but we are positive that we will be able to influence many in the coming times”.
We road tested the John Tan Clip wallet and found it to be well made. It has lots of pockets for all of your cards and best of all it has RFID (anti card theft) protection. The authentic Buffalo leather is of premium quality and I love the cute check pattern inside. It’s one of the most popular selling wallets.
I also tried the Corvus iPad cover which is a nice black leather outside and tan inside which is stamped with the Urban Bogan text. My iPad fits snuggly and it’s the perfect way to protect the case without the weight and space. The top is made with Sheep Nappa leather and the lining is padded brown leather to provide cushioning. You could easily show it off at work or an important meeting as it looks professional and classic.
UrbanBogan’s Top 5 Products
The top 5 most popular UrbanBogan products are:
The Orion Black Backpack made of authentic buffalo leather making it ultra-soft, light weight and durable. It’s ideal for travellers and backpackers.
The Proxima leather backpack is made from 6 different pieces of full grain veg tanned cow leather, which is carefully stitched, polished and burnished separately. This patented polishing technique gives the bag a unique texture. This bag will age beautifully with usage and create a unique patina on the surface.
Josh wallet is another popular unisex wallet. It has an elegant and sturdy look which is light weight. Due to the oil pull-up full grain leather, the wallet has a smooth finish which will age beautifully with prolonged use. It is available in brown and black.
The Valentina handbag is a classic style leather bag has a useful iPad/tablet sleeve inside (measuring 25cm x 25cm). There are also two inner pockets for your wallet and phone. The pocket at the front is a generous size and the bag will hold everything you need.
The Calypso leather clutches currently comes in three colours. The turquoise is a beautiful colour. They are perfect for taking the essentials on dates, parties and nights out. There is a small inner pocket for keys, coins and other small essentials.
UrbanBogan is a start up by a creative couple who left their clichéd 9-5 desk job to make beautiful creations out of authentic leather procured from India. UrbanBogan is not just to represent Aussies within Australia, but globally as well. With top quality material and artistry of workers, UrbanBogan aims to effortlessly provide a long-lasting experience to the buyers, this is how our tag line was forged ‘effortless perfection’. We at UrbanBogan strive to create products with highest quality Ethical leather – durable at core yet very chic and modern in design.
Thank you to UrbanBogan for collaborating with us.