Our Story

The Z Ballerini line of hand-crafted men’s travel and everyday bags

begins with the basics that are anything but basic: distinctive bags built

to exacting standards from the finest natural materials.

BEFORE I EVER WAS A DESIGNER, I WAS A LISTENER.

 

There’s something to be said about working retail, and working your way up.
You see customers not as some “target market” but as real people.

 

Listening to my customers at the stores where I worked gave me two things
for which I am ever grateful: the knowledge of what it was they really wanted and
the courage to leave my retail life and create it for them.

 

Yes, every ZB bag has my name on it, but a lot of “you” went into it.

EACH ZB BAG FEATURES

 

Well thought-out functional bag, sized and proportioned for the task at hand. Natural feel and warmth, meticulously
pieced together to create a harmonious holistic piece with fastidious attention to detail. Hand-selected natural materials
designed to age with character and style. A tactile, tangible refuge from the stress and strains of modern life.

 

• Water-resistant, hand-selected leather hides give shape and structure to our bags
• Edges that are hand-glazed and finished and a scratch-resistant surface that remembers only the deepest of scars
• 100% virgin merino wool felt provides every ZB bag with both a water-resistant outer shell and natural inner cushioning
• 100% organic hemp rope gives our handles their superior core strength, while hemp canvas keeps a lid on the valuables
• Exquisitely engineered hardware latches and high-end Lampo zippers combine polished beauty with rugged functionality

 

Established in 2013. Crafted for the Detroit Man. Created by a Detroit Man and perfectly at home the world over.

about-process

OUR PAINSTAKING PROCESS

 

Z Ballerini bags are time-intensive, handcrafted works of art. Each component has been carefully selected both for its
natural beauty and its ability to withstand the rigors of urban commuting and travel.

 

Every ZB Bag – from design to construction and manufacturing – is proudly hand-made in Detroit.

about-windows

THE ZB WINDOWS

 

The windows of Detroit inspired the signature look of our bags.

 

Great buildings dot the Detroit skyline. Monuments to our past and future. Whether occupied or vacant, tired or reborn,
the windows of Detroit are a window into our world – a world of making things and getting things done. Through them there
is a contagious energy at work. From proud engineers re-imagining the future of transportation to start-up entrepreneurs
determined to launch the next big thing.

 

The windows motif that brands each of our men’s bags echoes the spirit of our great city. One of rebirth. Pride. And promise.

 

It is in that spirit that we present our line of finely
designed and crafted men’s bags. We hope you will take as
much pleasure in using them as we do in creating them.

ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE.

Handmade in Detroit.

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