In a world of globally out-sourced, production-line manufacture, Millican, based on a farm in the English Lake District, are stepping out of the mould.
They craft sustainable bags for the conscious traveller, the deep-thinker, and for personal journeys across the globe. Taking inspiration from and named after the Lake District maverick, Millican Dalton, the belief that less makes for more – carrying only what you need allows you to experience more – is at the heart of Millican’s curations.
We take a look behind the scenes and discover the foundations, design philosophy, materials and the people who today make bags with a difference.
After travelling together for two years through far corners of the earth, Millican founders Jorrit and Nicky returned to the UK, swapping their packs for family life, bricks and mortar. Suburban life quickly left them feeling swamped and needing to breathe again, so they packed up and moved to the Lake District – a decision that allowed the couple to rediscover their passions. Fresh air. The great outdoors. Time spent understanding the environment. The Lake District has it all, and then some.
Hearing tales of local legend, Millican Dalton and the ways in which he broke convention in the 1900s – choosing experience and a life in the open over material gain – Jorrit and Nicky were inspired to do the same. Millican was born.