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Shipping & Returns

All 50 states of the U.S.A. We also ship to Canada, parts of Europe, Asia, and Australia. If you're in a country that you don't see on our shipping page, send us an email at and we'll make it work!

Shipping is free for all customers in the United States. If you live outside of the U.S., you'll have to cover a portion of the shipping cost (which includes taxes) but you won’t have to pay anything when you receive your bag.

We offer flat rate international shipping via UPS to our international customers. Our international shipping rates include all duties and taxes:

Canada: $45
If you're in Canada, you can instead get $20 all inclusive shipping by purchasing it on Garmentory.

United Kingdom: $75

Australia: $75

Asia: $75

Other International: $75
If you have any questions on international shipping prices, we'd be happy to help, shoot us a message at

If you live in the U.S., you’ll receive our bags within 2-4 days. For international customers, the bags will arrive in 4-7 days. We’ll keep you updated throughout the process with tracking details and shipping updates.

We want you to love your bag and know it’s something you’d want to carry everyday, so we offer a 30 day trial. Once you receive your bag, you’re free to work with it, speed through TSA, bring it to that new coffee shop you’ve been wanting to try, or do anything you’d like with the product. If at any point during the 30 days you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, just reach out to us (at and we’ll send you a shipping label and a full refund, no questions asked.

All U.S. customers will get a free return shipping label on us, and if you’re international you’ll just have to cover the shipping fee cost.

We’ll cover your bag, for life! That means each bag is guaranteed by a limited lifetime warranty that covers any manufacturing defects and damages to zippers, leather, straps, and any functional features that you need to carry your bag.

If there are any issues, we’ll either fix them to you or send you a new bag.

The Bag

We use high quality, full grain-leather made from a reputable tannery in Taiwan. The zippers are from YKK, a Japanese manufacturer known for quality zippers that last a lifetime. Both the Nylon exterior and interior polyester twill are sourced from a supplier in Taiwan. We added a water-proof layer of coating to all of our materials so that you don’t have to worry about moving around in a drizzle.

Because we use genuine leather, no two bags are made the same way. This means there might be slight variations in the way your bag looks from the ones we use in the photos. But, we guarantee the same level of quality and craftsmanship for all of our products.

Our leather bags cost the same to make as brands that sell them for 3-4 times the price of ours. Since we sell directly to you, there's no added markup that you normally pay for brands that sell in retail stores.

The Classic Backpack can fit up to a 15” Macbook Pro in the laptop compartment -- even after we added a double layer of padding to keep it safe. The inside compartment holds around 17L of volume, which we’ve found can store a pair of shoes, clothes, and the smaller items you’d carry every day. The front pocket is great for those small items that you need quick access to, like gum, subway cards, and everything in between.

The bags are assembled by a manufacturer in Shenzhen that also makes bags for the largest luxury brands. It took us a long time to convince this manufacturer to work with us (we’re by far their smallest customer at the moment), but we’re really excited about their attention to detail and the quality of products they make.

Our products are made to last. But to make sure it looks as good as new for a long time, we recommend wetting a cloth in warm water and gently wiping the surface of the leather every month or so or to remove any stains or scratches.

If you’re not actively using the bag, it’s best to store it in the dustbag we provide or in a cool location, away from sunlight.


We have so many ideas! Right now, we’re really focusing on creating the best backpack possible. Over the next year, we plan on rolling out new products that complement your bag and perfect your everyday carry.

At the moment, just on our website. One of the reasons we’re able to offer our bags at this price is because we don’t sell to stores and don't have to add in margins to make up for that wholesale price.

Our founder, Justin, came up with the idea for ISM as a frustrated freelancer working out of coffee shops who wanted a better solution to his everyday carry. Now we’re a small team of creatives based out of San Francisco.

ISM is all about creating better tools for creative work. Some of our side projects are things like Stock Blocked, which is unique stock photography for creative work, and C21 -- think Humans of NY for creative professionals.

We’re always on the lookout for projects that fit our ethos, so if you have any ideas we’d love to talk and collab! Hit us up at