FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY FROM THAT LIGHTBULB MOMENT TO PRODUCING THE FIRST BACKPACK THAT IS TRUELY ACCESSIBLE, COMFORTABLE & SECURE.
The story starts 15 years ago. David Wolffe was initially struck by witnessing his local postman struggling with a crude grey nylon sack and rope. As the postman constantly stopped to drop, open and reload his sack it appeared terribly unhealthy for his back and just as inefficient. There had to be a better way.
As a father of three young boys David became further frustrated by endless requests from his loved ones to retrieve items such as wipes, bottles, biscuits and more wipes from his own backpack. In between his full time jobs he doodled and experimented but for over 14 years none of the designs worked, a fanciful dream some may say.
After many years in corporate life, he quit his job as Group Finance Director of HMV Group PLC to take on a different challenge. With a great deal of brainstorming and inspiration from pinnacle figures such as Obama, Branson, Gaudi, Dyson and Edison it led to a eureka moment while on holiday at the beach. That idea was a new design concept for the backpack.
David returned home excited and with a new invigorated passion. He began building prototypes again. With no garden shed or garage, but using skills from his roots as a Cambridge engineer, he built many prototypes from the parts from old backpacks in his front room. The design concept from the beach finally worked as a proof-of-concept and as a test he revealed it to a stern critic, his mother-in-law. She recommended he should get it patented and so he set about doing just that.
He was amazed to find such a simple and strong idea was not patented and he also found that many had tried but not succeeded in solving the problems of the backpack. He built many, many prototypes while continuing to ramp up the testing. Through thorough research he discovered that the concept was relevant to a large group of people and so he wasn’t the only one who saw the need for such a helpful invention.
With great pride, his three young boys let out the word in their school of this new revolutionary backpack. Not only were the students excited by such a concept but his boys were ever so proud that daddy had given up his old career to pursue his dream as an inventor. Through the magic of the internet and social networking he found incredible partners, designers, and manufacturers that enabled him to learn about new materials and manufacturing technology.
Of course, it’s incredibly difficult to approach a project with one pair of hands and David met some amazing partners from the London design community that joined with him to push the project forward. They harnessed leading technology from the worlds of yachting and mountaineering.
As an avid adventurer and having backpacked across six continents in his younger years, the project reconnected his passions of design, travel and packing. With lots of support and feedback from friends and family the wolffe pack was finally ready.