My name is Lukas,
I worked as a messenger on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden for 4 years.
Jump back to November 2017… It was a wet and cold day, the coldest kind of day, the kind of day where your socks are wet from you start in the morning until you get off work next Friday..! I was hauling these envelopes around the inner core of the city, really easy deliveries or “Smör” as we Swedes call it.
Just before the last drop the bag I had then gave in to the almost zero degree rain and started leaking, the last envelope got wet.
I never really liked that bag, found all the features really weird, so I looked around for another one that fit my requirements for the longest time without luck.
Industrial design was my major in high school, I have always loved creating things with my hands, I have always known that I want to work with a creative job making stuff. Directly after I graduated I started my career as a messenger and fell in love. A bit more then a year passed between then and the cold November day I was talking about earlier, I had drifted away from designing stuff and was really sad about that.
But this was my call, I figured that if no one is making what I want I have to make it myself, and that’s where THLP Bags first started. I found a really old second-hand industrial sewing machine on the “Swedish eBay” Blocket, got some materials from a local dealer and I was off!
MY VISION WITH THE BRAND
I truly believe that being close to the action and working as a bike messenger gave me an incredible edge in knowing how to design my bags. Nothing really teaches you how you want to open your bag as doing it 500 times a day, every day, for four years.
My goal is not only to sew bags, my goal is to create tools to help you through your daily adventures. Products you can trust and help you to have fun, when your socks are wet the content of your bag is dry, that is my vision!
I take pride in what I do, only the best materials are good enough and I’m constantly trying to improve every last detail on my products.
My company is very small, even though sometimes I try to look bigger than I am, it’s still just me, sitting in my parent’s house and doing what I love.
THE STORY OF THE NAME
The name THLP started as an inside joke between my closest colleagues/friends and our dispatcher Jonas.
When Jonas gets confused or something unexpected happens, his standard phrase on the radio always is “Tjena Hej Leverpastej” or Hello hey liver paté in English. It’s silly I know, but it was fun.
We started saying Thlp to everything and the name kind of stuck, the same group of friends entered a scavenger hunt type of alleycat called “Not an alleycat”. It was basically a group alleycat where we got a list of dumb tasks that were awarded points, the dumber the task – the more the points…
We called our team THLP and went out on our mission, we got almost to the bottom of the paper and there it was…: Get a group tattoo! 500 points for each tattoo.
One thing is sure, we have never ridden as fast as we did out to our messenger friend to get our shitty tattoos, not before, not since.
He had sketched out a pair of bib shorts with the text THLP on one of the legs, it was perfect! He did 5 tattoos in less than an hour and we really got to hear it:
“It’s a really angry guy in the apartment next door waiting to borrow this machine…!”
“Stresstattoos guys, Stresstattoos!”
“I don’t think I ever have tattooed this fast before!”
“Whoops that line got F¤%ked but it’s okay because it’s a STRESSTATTOO!”
Later on, when I started making bags it was easy: some say It’s because I already had it tattooed on my leg, some that’s it for all the good memories I have from our little group, but whatever the reason may be… the name is: THLP BAGS.
So brush up on your Swedish folks, THLP is here to stay!