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Independently owned, The Brown Buffalo is a California-based design company, specializing in purpose built backpacks and accessories for people who want a proven attention to quality and details. Our mission is to produce unique pieces using premium materials - anchored in function, intelligence and quality.


We design and manufacture purpose-built backpacks, travel goods and accessories with our own signature fabrics and only the highest-quality materials. Each and every piece undergoes tried and true development and design standards ensuring durability and protection from the elements - no fads, no fuss.


Our California design house is dedicated to hand-making utilitarian products with a timeless aesthetic for the independent traveler with impeccable taste.

We work with both global and domestic manufacturing partners to create the best product. The Brown Buffalo's independent US factory is home to a small, skilled team of highly-accomplished craftsman. Our select seamsters comes from an extensive background in footwear and apparel, each with over 40 years of experience in the craft. Every stitch, zip and pocket holds a story.


In 2005, Douglas Davidson founded The Brown Buffalo as a design and consulting firm focused on trend forecasting, innovation, product design, and product development. Over the past 14 years, we’ve specialized in providing a unique perspective in the accessories category to some of the world’s leading brands, including Nike, Adidas, Head Porter, Burton, Bellroy, HydroFlask, The North Face, and many more. Following Douglas’ own passion for product, he concentrated the firm’s energies on becoming the best backpack and travel good design firm in the marketplace, and had the opportunity to work closely with leading apparel and footwear designers on projects around the globe.