If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t travel that much. Maybe your job doesn’t require it, or maybe current travel conditions and regulations keep getting in the way. Regardless, this USA made leather dopp bag isn’t just made for travel, but will last until things calm down and for many years to come.
In a time when products made in America is no longer the norm, Main Street Forge is doing their part to make sure that American manufacturing returns to its former glory. And speaking of glory, this bag is absolutely glorious. In an attempt to avoid coming across too tacky or buzzwordy (not a word), I don’t want to talk about the price just yet. Price is important, don’t get me wrong, but one thing that my father taught me, is that quality is the most important thing that a person can strive for. Whether it’s quality of life, quality of work, or simply quality of products: less is more. Quantity doesn’t last, but quality does. And sometimes you need to pay a lot for it. Right? Maybe not.
I’ll give you a brief rundown of my initial impressions of this dopp bag by Main Street Forge. Let me first say that the folks over there at MST were gracious enough to send me one of their absolutely beautiful leather dopp bags, so I was already pretty excited. The first thing that hit me was the smell of premium full grain leather. I could smell the leather through the box that it was delivered in. I don’t know about you, but that smell brings a high that would probably cause you to pop on a government piss test. Do you think that companies make leather scented candles for no reason? I can assure you they don’t. And when I finally cracked that packaging open, it was like a smack in the face. But unlike a smack in the face that leaves an ugly red welt, this particular smack brought about a subtle sense of euphoria… Okay, I’m hamming it up a little bit, but my real reaction wasn’t much different. Right away, I could tell that this was quality leather.
The premium full grain leather that is used is hands down the softest, most supple, and all around best leather that you’ll see at this price point. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s better. The price is deceiving. $79.99 for a leather toiletries bag that will last a lifetime doesn’t actually make any sense. I spent over $100.00 on my current bag and I’m about to stick that thing under my bathroom sink. The way that MST is able to keep their pricing so competitive is actually quite genius. And the added bonus of maintaining USA manufacturing is the golden flake laced icing on the cake.
Using The Bag
The design is very practical. I was able to put all of my manly stuff in here with little effort. Whether it be beard oils, razors, blades, deodorant, a manicure kit, whatever. It’s extremely roomy and I wasn’t expecting that from the images on their website or from the Amazon listings. Try to use their actual site, though. They throw a couple of goodies in there. You may get them if you order their stuff on Amazon too, but just to be on the safe side.
The bag looked pretty standard. Let’s just say that it’s slightly larger than standard, without taking up much space. Remember when I mentioned the quality of leather? The suppleness of the leather makes it incredibly easy to fit this thing in a weekend bag or smaller. You won’t have a problem. I’ll be heading down to Florida here pretty soon, and this bag is absolutely coming with me.
Main Street Forge Thoughts
When they reached out to me, I had already been a customer multiple times. Their selection of leather goods is great. I’m gonna add “useful” too. I don’t own a single product of theirs that I don’t use on a daily basis. My go-to belt, my front pocket wallet, and my key chain, are all made by Main Street Forge. I have come to trust them for whatever I need. I’ve even gifted their stuff to a family member or two.
If you’ve been reading my blog or following my IG for any amount of time, you’ll know that going over specs, measurements, pricing, company history and their processes and strategies, is really boring for me. I really prefer to choose how to spend my money based on feel. I do it with watches, knives, accessories, and especially leather goods. Patronizing this company just feels right. They put out a great product and I feel great when I use one. That’s what matters to me.
Yeah, I could tell you that their products are half the price, but better than half the quality, or some garbage like that, but I don’t work in marketing. I’m not an advertiser. There are so many paid influencers out there that just read a script. I will never do that. You’ve seen my comment sections. Some of my readers tend to go nuclear from time to time. That being said, Main Street Forge deserves your business because their product quality is good, they work hard to take care of their customers, and they won’t gouge you just because their products fit into a category associated with vanity.
I got a little off topic there, but you know me. I don’t have an editor. I can type anything I want…
…But back on the actual bag for a minute, now that I’ve had some time with it, and have looked for the pros and cons, I’ll admit that I really don’t see any cons. It’s possible that there are some, but I haven’t noticed any yet. I was hoping to make this review a little more engaging by speaking to the imperfections or failed attempts at some aspect of the design or build, but the artisans who worked on this bag know exactly what they’re doing. If you held a gun to my head, I’d maybe mention that I’d like the stitching to be symmetrical throughout.
Get over to the Main Street Forge website and check out this bag. But don’t stop there. Like I mentioned earlier, they have a little bit of everything. There’s something for everyone. Also, Father’s Day is coming up… duh. If you’re finding it hard to buy a gift for the man who has everything, get him one anyway. How about some leather from Main Street Forge? He deserves it.