Initially the bags were designed as bike messengers, but it soon became commercial. Famous for its messenger bags and its durable structure of bags, Crumpler today has to its name designs of bags that range from laptops to small ipod pouches and even backpacks.
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I am not a fan of Crumpler bags, and I don't think that I ever will be.
Personally, I think that Crumpler bags are absolutely hideous, and I can never understand how this brand has managed to last so long on the market, and even becoming so extensively popular that teenagers feel compelled to buy one just because everyone else has one.
Crumpler bags are definitely not attractive. From the single-toned ones to ones with stripes of varying (clashing) colours, Crumpler bags definitely lack in terms of aesthetic appeal. How teenagers choose to pay so much for bags so ugly, I will never be able to understand, but perhaps that is just the way peer pressure works - the uglier the item, the more pressure for teens to get it.
I do have to admit though, Crumpler bags are definitely durable. The straps are firm, and the material the bag is made of is definitely sturdy and does not tear easily.
Probably a good bag for guys who do not care much for aesthetic appeal, but I will never be able to understand why females buy it.
A fad. I hope it passes soon.
I admit, I succumbed to peer pressure and is the (not-so-)proud owner of 2 crumpler bags. Given the quality of the bags, I would say that the prices are justified. However, every time I leave my bag in the school hall during examinations, there is a high chance that I would have grabbed the wrong bag since there are at least 5 others that have the same bag as me, same colour, same design.
Speaking of which, the designs are far from moderately appealing, they are not the best looking bags in town. I mean if you are going for simple, a brown messenger bag would suffice and if you are going for a fashion statement, why not go all out? The designs of Crumpler find them stuck in the middle of both especially given the weird shades of purple and green that some bags have. What I find difficult to understand is why crumpler is so popular, especially amongst teenagers who are usually more interested in visual appeal than durability. But I would still be using my Crumpler though, until it spoils (which is highly unlikely I am assuming since it still looks as good as new after 1 year use) but I would definitely not repurchase.
Maybe, just maybe I have outgrown the stage of requiring acceptance from my peers just because I have got the same bag as everyone.
All the rage in my secondary school
And I never understood why.
Crumpler is the standard sports requirement then. It seemed like every basketball player and their mother had a crumpler. I really don't see how it's a a fashion statement. It's one same bag with varying stripes of either gradient or single toned, coupled with a thick fat strap. I couldn't go to class without seeing it at least thrice on my schoolmates.
But the only respect I have for this brand comes from the users who are still religiously using it now. I guess for all that it's worth, it truly is a bag to carry you through the ages.
Doesn't appear as 'overrated' to me...
Sure, the Crumpler bag can be seen carried by at least 1 out of every 10 people around Singapore, but there is something about the brand that, although being commonly seen around the island, doesn't seem to make the bags overrated. Workers and students all appear to be carrying this bag, and it seems to suit most of them (depending on the design they pick of course).
I admit, I've been yearning to own one for quite some time now, partly because of the brand (being really honest here), but mainly because of the quality of the bag. I've always wondered why a Crumpler bag can easily cost a hundred odd bucks, but after reading through a list of reviews, the only negative thing I can see about it is that it can be hard to wash stains off it. Other than that, a single bag can easily last you 4 or 5 years, and this isn't the limit for others!
So, why haven't I got it? Well, yes, though Crumpler is a bag/brand that I really would wish to own, I still find it rather painful to pay such a price for a bag, considering that I am not financially blessed here. Also, I really do not like the current designs being sold on the shelves. I have walked past people with really nice designs (for me, Crumpler bags with a dark colour as the primary and orange as the secondary design seem the nicest) and always wonder where the hell did they find that design?! I have seen Crumpler bags online, but I do not know to what extent are they authentic, because most of them go under $100.
I think that if you are looking to spend any amount of money on a bag that can last you for years, Crumpler would be a fine choice, provided you do not mind owning a popular brand, of course! Oh, and I also seem to notice that mostly guys own Crumpler, and rarely girls. The design probably doesn't suit females, I guess...
The jock bag
I have always associated Crumpler bags with dragon boaters. Just picture this, some buff tanned dude in an Everlast singlet, Nike sports shorts, New Urban Male slippers, and a Crumpler sling bag - it's all part of a package.
I have one, but I don't often carry it unless I head off to the gym or off swimming. The design and function is so that it looks good when you are heading for an exercise session. It doesn't look particularly good when you carry it with your formal wear, do you? I've had it for around 4 years (since my secondary school days), and it is still functioning well, so I suppose the quality is there.
I remember really yearning to purchase a Crumpler bag when I was in year 1.
Well that desire has long been extinguished.
Crumpler bags are as ubiquitous as air now, and that makes them undesirable. Why would you want to carry a Crumpler bag when you just know that there are hundreds or even thousands of people on the streets carrying replicas of your bag - same brand, same design, same colour?
Well in my opinion, Crumpler bags are highly overrated and extremely overpriced. They aren't even that stylish! People purchased them just because they saw others purchase them. A vicious cycle with horrible feedback.
The only redeeming quality of these Crumpler bags is their high quality. They are extremely durable - a friend of mine has had hers for four years and it barely shows any wear and tear. But even high quality doesn't save an overpriced, horribly designed product.
Reasonable pricing for high quality
I am sure practically everyone has heard of crumplers because it is such a famous bag brand. Most people would be seen carrying the typical simple and solid coloured crumplers, but crumplers actually have a wide range of designs be it with respect to the colours or the functionality of the bag.
I recently bought a crumpler as a birthday gift for one of my very good friends and I was expecting to pay a ridiculous price for it. However, the price was quite reasonable, at $128 for a medium sized limited edition (Grey with yellow splatter) design sling bag. I have seen other bags of thinner material costing close to a $100. Being limited edition, I have not seen other people carrying that colour which is great! Each bag also comes with its own name so the product feels personalized.
The quality of the bag is great, it is really hard to get the bag dirty and it is entirely waterproof on the outside. Even when there is a bit of blackened spots, you can simply use a wet tissue and wipe it clean.
The only downside of the bag is probably the Velcro seal which screeches open with a deafening screech every time you open the bag. Definitely not something you want to hear in an exam hall!
Durable, quality products
I have owned a Crumpler Fux Deluxe Messenger Bag for close to 7 years, other then periodically washing it, the bag still shows no sign of wear and tear. It is a testament to the quality of the Crumpler brand. I still periodically visit the store to check out potential new designs that I would like, which leads me to a unique problem. As much as I would like to get a new bag from them, my current one is perfectly fine.
Lasting,quality products are getting increasingly rare in today's world, mostly due to manufacturers cutting costs in an attempt to maximize profits. This is why I trust the Crumpler brand for the quality provided.
My one gripe is that us being in Asia, are limited by the less attractive designs in the US/Asia market, as reversed to the truly unique offerings by Crumpler Europe.
Beer for Bags
Founded in 1995, the brand Crumpler was named after the designer of the logo Stuart Crumpler who designed the logo in 1991. The initial bag design was for bike messangers but it soon took a commercial hit and expanded into the industry offering more colours and designs. The brand is well known for its durability and designs of the bags, with its unique shape it has become quite a 'bag-fashion'.
In June 2006, Crumpler held a successful marketing campaign “beer for bags” where consumers could pay for the bags using beers. It was a huge hit in the New York stores that took part and many consumers were very pleased with the fresh idea. The brand today has taken a hit in Singapore, with many of the people on the streets owning crumpler messanger bags, or crumpler bags in general. Although many are very skeptical about how crumpler is “too common” it is no doubt that its quality and design of the bag is still one of a kind. Having a crumpler of 5 years now, it has shown no signs of damage at all and is as good as new despite having to go through the pains of heavy books and extreme weather conditions.
Crumpler has also included many more designs into its collections, with special limited edition pieces. Its quirky colours and designs sometimes even come in exclusive limited edition pieces that are unique to its kind thus, even though a crumpler might be common owning one is not all too regular because its a special piece!
5 year fan!
I have been a fan of Crumpler since over 5 years back when I got it as a birthday present. It is my most sturdy and long-lasting bag over these years. Despite the fact, Crumpler has gotten too common these days with almost every student carrying one, I still am a fan.
Crumpler boasts a huge variety of designs, colours and sizes of bag. Depending on your purpose and function of the bag, they have the normal sling bag, backpack, camera bag kind etc. They also have laptop bags. The logo of Crumpler is a “funny man” which kind of appeals to the younger crowd.
Prices of the bag can range from about 50 to over 150 depending on the bag size. Also, if you’re opting for a single colour of a mix of alternating shades etc.
All in all, Crumpler would be a bag you’ll buy if you’re not that price-conscious due to their cool and funky designs. You have many Crumpler stores springing up in Orchard and Cityhall. Competition for Crumpler would probably be Zinc or Manhattan Portage which offer equally funky bags and much lower price. Though, I’m not sure about durability and quality of these bags.