The piece that inspired the brand, the “daph original” backpack is perfect for fitting your 13” laptop and a few other light essentials for class; yet is mostly used as a fashion piece while on your commute to work or showed off out on the town. Handmade in the Peruvian mountains using the highest quality of sustainable leather, its feminine silhouette is the perfect backdrop for our camel or magenta natural dyes accented with our woven leather pattern on the front pocket. Small snaps on the top sides allow of easy expansion when putting items inside while leaving you assured, they will be securely set within the suede lined backpack.
Designed in St. Louis by daph.
Handcrafted in Peru with Peruvian Llamo leather
Cleaning Instructions: For light cleaning, wipe with a damp cloth. For more serious cleaning, please contact a leather cleaning professional.
Please Note: This is all natural leather, therefore hides natural markings and characteristics are present. Dark clothing may rub off on the surface of the light colored leathers. Due to the natural, unlined quality of the leather, there is a chance color-crocking may occur on very lightly colored items in the dark colored bags. Rain also has the potential to cause color-crocking.
Width: 9 in.
Height: 14.75 in.
Depth: 3 in.
Strap drop (adjustable): 45 in.
Ourfounderanddesigner,DaphneBenzaquen,isanativeofPeru.Duringatrip tothe large Peruvian city Arequipa, Daphne became intrigued by two of the country’s sustainable resources: llama leather and baby alpacafur.
Llama Leather & Alpaca Fiber
By introducing llama leather to the U.S. market, daph. is providing an alternative that is lighter,moredurableand15timesstrongerthancattleleather.Baby alpacafurprovides luxurious warmth - and the shearing process is necessary for the alpacas to survive hot months in the southernhemisphere.
Compared to the market leader, cashmere, alpaca fleece and fur have a smaller environmentalfootprintandamoresustainableproductlifeline. And,byusingthe highest-quality natural resources, we are creating products with superior water resistance, elasticity andflexibility.
Alpacas have a rich history in South America's Andean mountains, dating back over 6,000 years when their fur was yielded and reserved for Incan royalty. This can be attributed to the the superior features of the alpaca, including warmth, strength and water resistance. Baby alpaca fur has been prized for centuries.
Baby Alpaca fibers, named after the fineness of the fiber, not the age of the animal, are hand-selected for their superior softness.
Alpaca are EXTREMELY ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly. They produce high fiber yields with less food and water resources.
The lightweight and long-lasting fiber has exceptional breathability to keep you comfortable in various climates.
How to care for baby alpaca fur, llama leather and alpaca fleece.
When hand washing is advised, we recommend the following method:
Gently hand wash in cool water (up to 85°F) with a mild soap.
Do not use the hand wash cycle in a washing machine.
Never use chlorine bleach.
Gently press to remove excess water. Do not wring or twist; handle gently to avoid wrinkles and distortion.
Dry flat (lay horizontally for drying).
Block to dry (reshape to original dimensions while drying).
Smooth by hand while wet to remove wrinkles and straighten the seams and facings.
When dry cleaning is advised, we recommend the following:
Seek out a reputable cleaner that is a member of the International Fabricare Institute.
Bring with you any labels or hangtags that contain fiber information or care instructions.
Inform the cleaner of any spots or stains; they will want to treat some stains before the dry cleaning process.
Your cleaner may also provide mothproofing. Request this service, if needed.
When machine washing is advised, we recommend the following method:
Machine wash in cool water (up to 85°F) with a mild soap on delicate cycle.
Never use chlorine bleach.
Hang to dry or dry flat (lay horizontally for drying).