Bags are not built. The great ones are handcrafted, using materials solely sourced from the U.S. and in the case of Strawfoot's Garrett Kautz, sewn using single needle construction. Garrett's handmade products are utilitarian in nature, most with leather handles attached with copper rivets and using premium waxed fabrics. Check out his creations at Strawfoot Handmade.
Look for Garrett and several other rad and influential bag makers in the 2011 Spring/Summer issue of Refueled magazine.
Photos of Garrett Kautz by Levi Matthew.