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May 06, 2019 7718

Our Story - Updated

OUR STORY

In the early 1970's, founder Marley Hodgson found himself at an estate sale in the UK where he encountered a rare collection of camping gear including boots, belts and backpacks, that once belonged to a British Gurkha commander at the turn of the century. While nearly 100 years old, the leather remained supple, sturdy and full of character. Captivated by the collection, Marley returned to the US and made his first Ghurka bag – a leather knapsack. In 1975, with the world's finest leathers, the utmost attention to detail and respect for the craft, Marley designed his first Ghurka collection at a factory in Norwalk, Connecticut. 

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OUR NAME

As an homage to the spirit of the Gurkha soldiers and reverence for the craftsmanship of the commander's original bags, Ghurka was born. Over 40 years on, proud artisans continue to uphold the craftsmanship and quality that generations of fans have come to expect from the Ghurka name.


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GHURKA TODAY

There are people who keep to-do lists and people who just do.  The very first Ghurka bag was created by hand more than 40 years ago, making use of military roots and a globetrotting pedigree that have inspired countless adventurers since.  Today, Ghurka is part of interesting lives everywhere, heading out on urban safaris, down coastal highways and on getaways both exotic and familiar.  Every drumbeat is different, so the places you'll go with your Ghurka are defined not by guidebooks but by the experiences that awaken your spirit.  

Ghurka products are sold exclusively on our website and through specialty partnerships.

Let us be a part of your journey.

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