"I found the simplest life is the happiest.” So said Millican Dalton, a Lake District legend who in the early 1900s left his conventional city life to pioneer a sustainable outdoor lifestyle, spending much of his time living in a cave in Borrowdale, near Keswick.
That simplicity is reflected in designs from a company that took the Millican name and settled in the same area. Millican specialises in “sustainable bags for the conscious traveller, the deep-thinker, and for personal journeys across the globe".
Founded by Jorrit Jorritsma with his wife, Nicky, the move to the Lakes was “In search of fresh air, freedom and a slower pace of life”, says Jorrit. “We didn’t want to live in a cave. But we were inspired by Dalton’s maverick streak – his conscious choice to live life his own way, to challenge conventional thinking. Millican chose experience over material gain, and inspired us to do the same.”
This is reflected in Millican’s conscious selection of sustainable materials and its functional, creative designs. This Spring, George Fisher is excited to be stocking Millican bags for the first time, including:
Nick the Messenger Bag
Inspired by the life of a cycle-tourer, but designed to meet your everyday needs, Nick the Messenger is a streamlined, weatherproof 17-litre canvas messenger bag. On the outside there’s an easy-access laptop sleeve, U-lock loops, light attachment, reflective strip and a zipped pocket, while inside you’ll find multiple organiser pockets. The 13-litre Nick is a more compact version of its older brother but retains the same strength, durability and weatherproofing.
Smith The Roll Pack
Smith the Roll Pack is a lightweight, weatherproof, roll-top 18-litre daypack with a concealed laptop sleeve. Made using sustainable and weatherproof Bionic Canvas (57% recycled and up to 30% stronger than regular canvas), reduces production waste, and minimises seams for outstanding durability. All buckles are tough aluminium - no plastic.
Cover image: Millican Dalton in Keswick Market Square