About Sidgl

Sidgl lives at the intersection of art, craftsmanship and between my skill and the client’s imagination. No bag exists until I speak with the client and we decide what they want and need. Whether it is extra pockets, or padding, or a specific color combination. After we have a conversation, I hand select the material, cut and sew. The goal is to focus on this 1 to 1 relationship, and get the client exactly what they want. In this regard, Sidgl is dedicated to this collaboration. A sidgl bag does not exist until you imagine it to be.

From a sustainability standpoint, this approach allows control of the fabric waste, the quality and the kinds of materials I use, and hopefully, the post-consumer waste by making a product that is well-designed and still useful 30 years from now.

–Ben Trissel
Founder of Sidgl

Sidgl’s Mission

  • To make a well-designed, best-in-class bag for multiple uses.
  • Using materials sourced in the United States.
  • With manufacture focused in the local community.
  • Work  with other small-batch manufacturers, to create a new supply-chain ecosystem
  • Focus on “Enough” rather than aggressive growth.
  • Practice sustainable sourcing, manufacture, waste management and economic practices.
  • Keep the supply chain transparent.

Who I Am

I am Ben Trissel, a 4th generation artisan.

I learned the language of design from my father. I learned the science of proportion. I learned that something well-designed looks and feels good. It delights the senses. I learned the practical skills to go from idea to finished product with the best practices possible.

“Here is one of the few effective keys to the design problem — the ability of the designer to recognize as many of the constraints as possible — his willingness and enthusiasm for working within these constraints. Constraints of price, of size, of strength, of balance, of surface, of time and so forth.”


Our Designs combine function and durability into a timeless style. Sidgl uses old world craftsmanship as a model for sustainable manufacturing. –Ben Trissel

What people are saying about Sidgl ...

That's a beautiful bag. Badass bag. My bag. My new companion. A badass beautiful new pal who is going to travel this planet with me and the pups. Thank you. Thank you for introducing us. First stop Boston next week, new York after that, then Mexico city!!

Nell Gould

In 20 years of road travel I've gone through nine carry-on bags, I can't afford to waste money on any equipment that won't survive 200 days a year of airports, trains, Ubers and sprints down a jetway. Not only has my Sidgl bag handled everything I've thrown at it, it looks good while doing it. Would I buy another one? In a heartbeat, but I doubt I'll ever wear this one out.

Tim Vandergrift

I am a Seattle based filmmaker. I use my Sidgl bag in many "modes". Mostly, meetings or coffee shops. It carries my laptop in cozy style along with sketchbooks, pens, personal items and accessories. A second mode is as a gym bag. Finally, I use it as a camera bag for my DSLR. The soft cloth that cushioned my laptop, now protects my camera and extra lens. I love how strong the straps are and how easy the fasteners (buckles, zippers ) work. The materials are so durable and I love the care that went into making it.


I love my custom made Art Bag by SIDGL. It's chic and sturdy -- you can throw it around and abuse it and overload it and it remains beautiful, and more so with wear. My son, a rugged, bicyclist and runner visited me in NY and admired it so much that he had to have an Art Bag and now he is never without it.

Robin Coryell

Beautiful Design. Old World Craftsmanship. Sustainable Manufacturing.

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