Al Onkka sews handmade luggage, messenger bags, backpacks, and duffels.
  • Al Onkka Bags

    About Onkka Bags

    I’m just one guy sewing bags in his apartment. You can purchase my bags through Etsy.

    I started sewing Canoe Packs for a summer camp in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota in 2002. Now I make luggage, messenger bags, shoulder bags, canoe packs, and more out of my apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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    Onken Backpack

    This backpack is named in homage to the Swedish Kånken backpack, which it resembles. It is a compact backpack with a front pocket, inside slash pocket for papers or tablets, and inside pen pocket.

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    Classic Duffel

    This is a high-quality classic duffel bag with two end pockets and a u-shaped top zip. All cordura construction with nickel hardware, YKK zippers, and a stiff bottom. All inside seams are finished. Take it to the gym or on a trip.

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    Messenger Bag

    These messenger bags are made one at a time, by hand, by me. Designed to fit well and look unique, this is the style that I use everyday on my commute.

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    Backpack Luggage

    This carry-on luggage is a zip around duffel with hidden backpack straps.

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    Box Wine Bag

    I wanted to bring box wine on a camping trip but didn’t want to bring the box. So I made this bag. Each bag fits a 3L box wine bladder.

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    Canoe Pack

    “Duluth Pack” style canoe packs, also great for biking, or taking laundry to the laundromat. Buy one for your first year college student and they will find tons of uses. Having a gigantic bag always come in handy!