Updated by Gwen
Using the backpack
We are not going to teach you how to put on a backpack but we have some advice for you to enjoy your Cabaïa bag as much as possible and for as long as possible:
💻 Attach your PC to the inside of the bag with the Velcro strap, this will prevent it from moving around if your bag turns over
💳 Use the pocket at the bottom of the back to put your transport pass / ID card or thin objects, otherwise you may feel an unpleasant bump in the back
✅ Attach your pouch correctly with the MOLLE system, this will ensure an optimal aesthetic result and a good fit.
❌ Do not overload the front pocket. As you can probably see, this pouch is quite thin and this is intended to prevent the front pouch from being too busy and giving the pouch a "bulging" effect. Even if you "stuff" it it will still hold thanks to the MOLLE system but it's not very pretty.
🔑 Use the carabiner to put your keys, it will save you from rummaging in the backpack downstairs in the rain
💦 All our bags are water repellent, this means that the fabric does not let water through, however if you put your bag in the shower after a while the water will come in through the seams or closures. So if you get rained on on your bike or while waiting for the bus, your stuff will be dry, but if you stay too long in the pouring rain there is a risk that water will get in. And exclusive info we are working on a completely waterproof version that you can take diving 🐟🐠
🤐 Tote opening: In order not to damage the zips unnecessarily we advise you to always close the bag before zipping it, this avoids forcing the zip.
On the back of the bag there is a strip of fabric, this is used to put your bag on the telescopic handle of your suitcase. In order, put the bag on the handle and then pull in the straps as below. (Please note that the suitcase attachment is not available on V1 bags)
Care of the backpack
🧺 No washing machine: some parts are not made to go in the machine (the leatherette parts) and it has a spinning head otherwise
💧 On Vegan leather bags, wear and tear and cleaning products end up removing the original varnish for good, so your material is left bare, in direct contact with rubbing.
For this reason and before it's too late, we strongly advise using a waterproofing agent for our Moscow, Milan and Tokyo bags!
💪 Wash your bag by hand: water, soap, a soft brush and give it a little massage it likes it. If the stain doesn't go away, grandma's technique: add a little white vinegar to the water! Most of the time a damp cloth or baby wipe will do.
🔥 Don't iron (yes this has happened before): nylon doesn't like high temperatures, so you may end up with a pizza bag, and generally speaking, try to keep it away from heat sources (the tumble dryer is not advised either).
🥗 Was your Tupperware badly sealed? And then it's the drama of the dressing full of the bag. In this case, empty the bag, sponge off everything you can, then a brush and soapy water to get the grease out. Dry upside down in the open air.