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.”


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