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The Brown Buffalo is a U.S. based bag and accessories company, designing and handcrafting batch made goods at our family-owned factory in Costa Mesa, California. Our mission is to produce unique pieces using premium materials - anchored in function, intelligence and quality. Simple Designs for Simple People®, built to make life on the go a little easier.


We design and manufacture purpose-built totes, bags, 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. The Brown Buffalo independent 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 30 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 12 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, 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. 
One year ago, The Brown Buffalo launched an in-house brand with one goal: produce a high-quality, accessible brand of American made bags and packs. Wanting to focus on product craftsmanship rather than mass production in Asia, we opened a small manufacturing facility and retail store in Costa Mesa, CA and began with a small group sewing all of our own product. The result has been outstanding, and while we continue to collaborate with top global brands on product design and development, our own brand is gaining traction with people who want purpose built product with a proven attention to quality and detail. 


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