Heritage-made Utilitarian Bags, as carried on Fifth Avenue. The John Peters New York's design set the stage for industry standards and are copied by every fashion house in the world!
The John Peters New York brand was born in New York in 1980.
John Peters is a heritage brand representing messenger bags and backpacks, setting the standards of quality for bags all around the world.
The founder, John Peters, is the same designer who launched the Manhattan Potage brand and Peters Mountain Works afterward. As such, John Peters New York is known as the parent brand of these.
In 1977, John Peters decided to make a bag using plastic closures and wax cloth.
He decided to use cordura plus nylon for the material, which had never been done before. More than 400 of John Peters’ designs have been copied all over the world and are still used for a number of bags.
In the midst of all the imitations of John Peters’ designs and materials, we pride ourselves on remaining true to the originals from forty years ago.
John Peter is still "living legend" for some premium brands. John Peter continuously designs and manufactures directly.
Some design is manufactured and distributed through WKS, a joint venture of Korea and Singapore, whose design and technology development are excellent.
Many brands have manufactured similar bags with cheap material in third country for a long time.
However, we think again about the 'promise' of a brand when we look at John Peter brand which has kept everlasting value maintaining the philosophy and pride over 40 years.
John Peters New York History
John Peters establish a company in 1980
(Renegade Mountain Prod.)
-Note the first use angled reflective stripes on backpacks.
-New standard on all backpack.
First applied Cordura Plus nylon to his shoulder-strap bags in 1980.
-John peters new york at ALDA show in 1981.
-These were the first cordura shoulder bags ever made - in the world!!
Release the John Peters Travel Collection in 1982
This Bag is a 1983 John Peters original design The first magazine cover of a bag with plastic hard ware.
In the early 1980s, John Peters redesigned a trendy version of the more durable De Martini messenger bag,
Replacing the stainless steel hardware with lighter weight plastic clips,cordura nylon, reflective stripes and cordura edge binding while retaining the same buckle and strap as the original.
John Peters catalog circa 1987. These designs set the stage for the industry standard and are copied by every fashion house in the world.
Miami LLGMA(Luggage and leather goods manufacturers of America) show in 1987 showing John Peters Hang tags on bags.
Released limited edition Collaboration in 2010
A salute to the memory of Frank De martini and his contributions to bicycle messengers and bag makers around the world.
Designers, John Peters
John Peters is the designer and founder of the Manhattan Portage brand, known for its red label with the Manhattan skyline.
fter selling Manhattan Portage to a third-party, he turned to developing his original brand, John Peters New York, in earnest.
TOP BAG DESIGNER
Starting with "Peters Mountain Works" in 1978, John Peters is an American maestro and pioneer of backpack-making techniques. The brand under his name, John Peters New York, was founded in 1980.
In 1977, John Peter used plastic closures and wax cloth for the first time and he used cordura plus nylon for the bags for the first time in the world.
More than 400 designs of John Peter have been copied all over the world and they are still used for a lot of bags.
Although today many people imitate the designs and materials that John Peter started 40 years ago, we remember what was the original ones.
PRODUCT OF US
Establishing the company in 1980, John Peter started the products of John Peters New York brand standing for his name to New York and Japan.
Unlike the OEM bags produced in third countries with low labor cost, all products of John Peters New York are made in New York and it shows the philosophy of John Peter on the quality of the products.
In 1980s, John Peter manufactured bags using his own factory. He started to make high-end messenger bags made of quality guaranteed luxury material in high sense design. He sold them in well-known department stores and shops.
Limited editions are still manufactured in New York directly by John Peter, the living master.
Recently, some designs are manufactured in Korea cooperating with a global joint company of Singapore and Korea with excellent design and technology.
a brief history of messenger bags
Postman who are using Messenger Bag
The messenger bag has a history dating back to the days of the pony express when the riders used De Martini bags called “mail bag” for delivery.
This bag used by bicycle messengers in the larger cities.
This bag is generally designed in various materials, initially in cloth, canvas or other synthetic material, with a shoulder strap that wraps around the chest area allowing the bag to lie flat on the back of the user.
The design that began the use today was began in the 50′s by the De Martini Globe Canvas Company for utility pole workers to carry their tools.
Frank De Martini, with a shop in Little Italy, New York, did specialty, hand made orders.
The messenger bag has become popular because of its versatility, being less bulky and cumbersome as the traditional book bag, and it has become a fashion accessory for men as well.
John Peters' contributions to bicycle messengers and bag makers around the world. Tracking the rise of the ubiquitous urban accessory
1860 Pony Express riders use mochilas, leather sacks slung over their saddies, to deliver the mail
1880 Bindle stlcks, the classic hoe and bandanna carryalls, become popular with unemployed Civil War veterans who've taken to the rails in search of work.
1947 Tent manufacturer De Martini Globe Canvas Co.makes shoulder bags for telephone workers
1983 East Village resident John Peters founds what will become the "grandfather" of messenger bag companies
1989 Timbuk2 releases Its three-panel courler bag
1995 Capitalizing on the all things X marketing zeitgeist,PAC Designs Invents the X-strap to stabillze large loads
2009 The messenger bag goes high tech with Arc'teryx's Mistral, an ergonomically designed bag with a new rolltop closure
The new Heritage Line from John Peters New York will reproduce John Peters’ original 1980s styles.
John Peters’ designs from that time not only inspired designers around world but also set the standard for backpacks and messenger bags. Today, 35 years later, we have a chance to recreate these original designs again through the "John Peters Heritage" line. The John Peters New York's design set the stage for industry standards and are copied by every fashion house in the world!
WOW! A 35 year-old design?
You can recognize the timeless fashion sense and irreplaceable contribution to bag designs of John Peters in comparing current bags with his original designs created 35 years ago.
We are absolutely thrilled to have the chance to recreate these orginal 1980s' designs.
Authentic and Proven American-Made Product Established in 1980, John Peters New York manufactures the finest quality backpacks, messenger bags and accessories, using only the finest material; 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon, the highest grade of nylon ＆ YKK custom zippers, both of which are gold standard in the industry. Despite global popularity, John Peters New York remains loyal to it root of functionality. Since his first creation, all of his products are still made in US.
It was John Peters background in mountaineering that inspired his use of plastic buckles and industrial strength nylon in his designs which was truly an industry first.
Our bags are made of CORDURA PLUS NYLON(INVIST): 1280D, known for its abrasion and tear resistance. The urethane coating makes it water resistant. All seams are double stitched with ultra resistant nylon thread. Stress areas are double stitched. Seams are bound for a clean finish. Our webbing is industrial strength Polypylene and nylon, and binding edges are made with Cordura Plus Nylon.
WAXWEARTM is a cotton-based fabric impregnated with waxes and oils based on a formula that is generations old. The Martexin®finishes we use exclusively have been distilled from years of family experiences dating back to the 1880's when their legacy of dyeing and finishing fabrics was established in the United states. It has been passed on for 7 generations from father to son. The treatment affords the fabric a lifelong resistance to inclement weather. The cotton allows the fabric to breathe while the waxes impart a unique, well-worn and comfortable patina. It enhances the look of traditional outerwear for both rural and urban workplaces, and provides an urban feel to fashion forward concepts. Waxwear is a truly authentic and proven American made product.
What is cordura?
CORDURA®fabric makes this product more durable.
● Stylish durablilty and lightweight strength
● Resistant to tears, scuffs and abrasions
● Designed for living, built to last
Our zippers and buckles are top of the line YKK and ITW NEXUS.