By Christopher Joshua Benton
Opportunity can arrive at any time. Take The Cobble Road founder Manpreet Sagu. While on vacation in New Dehli, India, Sagu came across a bag so unique that he immediately called his brother, who lived in town. As fate had it, Sagu‚Äôs brother not only knew the brand of the bag, but also its craftsman. In fact, the men worked out of the very same building!
In the four months since, Sagu‚Äôs passion project has been to bring this proudly made-in-India brand to the Emirates, tailoring each new design for the local market.
‚ÄúI visited 107 stores in Dubai to find a product at this price point and quality and found none. That‚Äôs when I knew I should invest in this,‚ÄĚ Sagu said.
So what is The Cobble Road? It‚Äôs a collection of simple, effortlessly stylish leather goods. Sagu describes it as a mix of ‚Äúformal, casual, and dapper.‚ÄĚ
The accessible accessories line includes leather rucksacks, satchels, and weekenders ‚ÄĒsometimes all in the same bag. ‚ÄúThe key word is multi-functional,‚ÄĚ Sagu offered. ‚ÄúEvery bag can be used in at least two different ways.‚ÄĚ
Technology plays a big part in the design, with bags made specifically for phones, tablets, laptops, and DSLR cameras. ‚ÄúWe design with an eye for modern innovations. I made sure, for instance, that all the large bags could carry at least a 15-inch laptop,‚ÄĚ Sagu said.
Of course, the magic is in the details. Wool felt interior and sturdy hardware give the sense that you can love these bags forever, while the textured leather exterior promises that each bag will age beautifully over time. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs important for people to know, this brand is for everyone,‚ÄĚ Sagu said. ‚ÄúThe Cobble Road is very inclusive.‚ÄĚ