Crumpler was founded in Melbourne in 1995 by Dave Roper and Will Miller (ex bike couriers and founders of Minuteman Messengers), and sculptor/furniture maker/bike courier Stuart Crumpler. Stuart designed the logo in 1991 which he branded onto his furniture designs.
From the beginning the bags were designed for bike messengers, in particular those working for Roper and Miller's bike courier company, Minuteman. As the bags seen around the city were durable and colorful, there was soon commercial demand and the range grew to include more options in colors and sizes. Due to this commercial and more professional demand the Australians were looking for business-partners which they found in Siegfried Elgert and Jörg Bodenschatz. Today, Crumpler is equally owned by all of them but practically divided into two autonomous working parts. One providing the European, African, South, Central American and Mexican market, the other one delivering bags to the USA, Canada, Asia and Australia.
The company then started producing colorful laptop computer and camera bags. The colorful bags were both unique and highly influential in times when the dull black technical style bags prevailed.
Crumpler The Sinking Barge Camera Backpack
The appeal of the bright colors of the bag prompted the company to offer, and recently reintroduce, an artisan based customization service.
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