First of all - just incase you’re struggling – it’s pronounced stil-awr-gan.

So a few months ago I FINALLY got my hand on a Stighlorgan bag. I’ve wanted to get up close and personal with this new Irish-born accessories brand for a while now since eyeing up some amazing pieces on the backs of some of my blogger friends – namely the stunning Driscoll leather drawstring bag.

I got my hands on the Conn laptop backpack in grey and black – one of the label’s newest silhouettes. I’ve waiting this long to review because I really wanted to give it a through using.

The first thing that strikes you when you get hold of a Stighlorgan bag is the quality. The build on these things is amazing, the heavy-duty canvas, ballistic nylons, heavy-rope fastenings steel-stud closures and detailing is seriously impressive. These bags are built to last.

The brand is an homage to all things Dublin and Ireland, with inspiration coming from the vibrant contrast seen on the streets of the capital and the long road that the Irish love to travel. Each accessory is a story of its own.

Offering modern Irish style with a classic approach to hard-wearing details - Stighlorgan

The Conn backpack is a multi-functioning arsenal of space and design. IT features a zip-around laptop case (padded) at the back, with a popper fastening top and drawstring-closing inner bag. The inside is huge; there’s ample space for anything you could want – on a daily basis mine holds: my toiletry bag, my gym kit and trainers and small accessories, my diary, notebook, Nook eReader, four Tupperware dishes and water bottle – and this still leaves the internal zip and mobile pocket as well as the top zip pocket empty. I also reckon I could still fit some more in the top. It’s fantastic. Better yet, no matter how heavy this bag gets to hold, the ergonomic positioning of the shoulder straps means as soon as it’s on your back it doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all.

The bag’s look is also as great as it’s functionality. The wrap-around straps, the stud details with the brand’s knot logo, the quilted back and striped lining all pay homage to the brands roots and complement each other to produce a stylish bag.

Out of any of the bags I own, I have never been stopped and asked about where a bag is from as I have with this Stighlorgan bag. I have multiple friends asking where they can get one, family asking for one for birthdays and blogger friends itching to try it out too.

The Conn backpack is available in multple colours and comes in at £95, which I honestly think is great value. The quality of this bag is superior to anything you could find on the high street, which will set your back around 50% of the price tag anyway, and will out last it by a mile. Investment buying is an understatement – I have battered this bag in the past few months, from traveling to daily gym use to surviving thunderous downpours and it still looks in top notch.

Stighlorgan also offer a range of messenger bags, tote bags, holdalls, halts, belts and satchels in a broad range of colours and styles. The brand masterfully walks the line of fashion vs. function and it’s winning. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this brand does over the next few seasons and I am already saving up for the Driscoll drawstring bag!

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Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.