Epperson Mountaineering is a craft focused bag maker for the active dude with a sense of style. The brand is from Montana’s own Mark Epperson, which was formed in the 1970s as a solution for his needing to find a high quality mountain bag. Thus, he made the bag himself.
The brand is now a cool dude design porn brand. It’s under the super hip Hermosa Beach based Meg Company, which is an outpost for fine designs for men with a colorful streak. Think of really sharply dressed, super cool Japanese men who mix patterns, dress like little boys, but somehow look sophisticated as fuck. That’s Meg Company. I’ve been a big fan of them for a while and most definitely have looked to them for style inspiration.
Epperson is no different from Meg’s other outings like the pattern crazed Monitaly and leather footed playthings from Yuketen. There are a few different baggings Epperson does: there are classic, utilitarian entries like the Large Climb Pack and the Day Pack; there are finely formed vintage oddities like the Parachute Tote and Nasa Patch Day Pack; and long fun sacks like the Rock Pack and the Climb Pack.
I would like them all. These bags feel very much like me: colorful, crazy, yet cooly functional. While these are obviously intended for more day-to-day use, I can’t vouch for if they are actually good for day-to-day use. I just want a bag that I can totally bike to work with a small laptop and not have my back feel like shit yet I look cool doing it. Epperson might be that. I’ll have to keep my eye out for these in person and, if you really want one, select bags can be purchased online.