A Look at the History Behind Ghurka Leather Bags

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Behind the most established and successful of luxury brands, we can usually find one thing in common: a rich history. The same goes for men?s leather bag brand Ghurka, however this American company?s story only dates back to the 1970s. Ghurka is still a relatively recent label, but in its short time in the luxury space the brand has certainly made a name for itself. Today, the iconic Ghurka bag is as international as it is American and sticks true to the founder?s goal of providing a lifetime of use and enjoyment to consumers.

Marley Hodgson founded Ghurka in 1975 to combine his passions for history and leather craft. His motivation came when he won a bid on campaign gear made for a Ghurka regimental officer who was stationed in India during the early 1900s. Ghurka soldiers, who since the days of the British Raj have been known throughout the world for their bravery and loyalty, inspired the name of the company that Hodgson created after being so intrigued by the elegance and workmanship of the 75-year-old leather pieces he acquired. Today, the company?s bags are handmade by master artisans who are committed to the tradition of superior craftsmanship, superb functionality and timeless American style.

With a range of styles — from casual to business and even luggage and travel bags — Ghurka bags are versatile, unique and practical. The craftsmanship that goes into the iconic bags is meant to ensure superb durability so these fine leather accessories can be passed down to future generations. Committed to local production, the bags are still manufactured in Ghurka’s original factory in Norwalk, Connecticut, however today you’ll see Ghurka bags all over the world— a true testament to just how far this company has come since its humble beginnings.

Nicolle Keogh

Nicolle graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in 2011 with degrees in Journalism and French. Originally from the East Coast, she is a recent San Diego transplant who is trying to take advantage of all that this sunny city has to offer. She was a contributor to her campus newspapers at SMU and was previously the Editor of San Diego-based start-up DailyCrowdsource....(Read More)

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