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How to Get a Custom Manufactured Bag: From Design to Production

Whether you need a unique bag for a technical device or a functional field-solution to protect specific equipment, custom manufactured bags offer the perfect combination of protection and practicality. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of getting a custom manufactured bag, from the initial design phase to the final production.

Step 1: Define Your Purpose and Requirements

Before you can begin designing your custom bag, you need to have a clear understanding of its purpose and requirements. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the main function of the bag?

  • Who is the target audience or end-user?

  • What materials and features are essential for the bag's purpose?

  • What are the size and weight limitations?

By answering these questions, you'll have a solid foundation to begin the design process.

Step 2: Choose the Right Manufacturer

Selecting a reputable and experienced manufacturer is crucial for a successful custom bag project. Look for manufacturers with a proven track record in producing high-quality custom bags and a strong understanding of the design and production process. Consider factors such as:

  • Manufacturing capabilities

  • Material options

  • Minimum order quantities

  • Lead times

  • Price points

Porta-Brace has been designing and producing reliable, functional, highly-protective field-performance gear and bags since the 1970's, and we've been focused on custom design and production of bags, cases, and covers for over twenty years.

We'd be happy to discuss your custom project with you. You can email us at, call us at 802-442-8171 ext. 307, or schedule a free 10 to 15-min project consultation with us.

Step 3: Create a Design

Prepare a detailed design of your custom bag. If you have design skills, you can create sketches or digital renderings. If not, consider working with a professional designer to bring your vision to life. Include the following in your design:

  • Overall shape and dimensions

  • Choice of materials and colors

  • Placement and style of pockets, compartments, and other features

  • Any specific branding elements, such as logos or monograms

If you don't have access to experienced designers, some manufacturers (like Porta-Brace!) offer in-house experienced designers that can help you bring your ideas to life.

Image of an actual designer's table at Portabrace in Vermont
Porta-Brace Custom Design

Step 4: Consult with the Manufacturer

Share your design with the manufacturer and discuss your vision in detail. They will provide valuable feedback on the feasibility of your design, suggest potential improvements, and help you finalize the design. Be open to their suggestions and expertise, as they have experience creating custom bags and can guide you in making the best decisions for your project.

Step 5: Review and Approve Samples

Once the design is finalized, the manufacturer will produce a sample of your custom bag. This is your opportunity to review the quality, craftsmanship, and overall look of the bag. Inspect the sample carefully and provide feedback on any changes or adjustments needed.

Step 6: Place Your Order and Monitor Production

After approving the sample, place your order with the manufacturer. Depending on the size and complexity of your custom bag, production times can vary. Stay in touch with the manufacturer throughout the production process to ensure everything is on track and address any issues that may arise.

Step 7: Receive and Enjoy Your Custom Bag

Once your custom bag is complete, the manufacturer will ship it to you. Inspect the final product to ensure it meets your expectations and quality standards. Now it's time to show off your unique, custom-manufactured bag and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with creating a one-of-a-kind accessory.

Getting a custom-manufactured bag is an exciting and rewarding process. By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to designing and owning a unique bag that meets your specific needs and reflects your personal style. Remember, communication is key throughout the process, and working with a reputable manufacturer will ensure a high-quality result. Happy designing!


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