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Ghurkas name comes from the Ghurka soldiers of the Himalayas who since the days of the British Raj have been known throughout the world for their bravery, loyalty and cheerful indifference to all difficulty. Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw once famously stated, “If a man says he is not afraid to die, he’s either lying... or a Ghurka.”
The story begins at an antiquities auction in the early 1970s where the company’s founder, Marley Hodgson, fueled by his love of history and leather craft, bid on campaign gear made for a Ghurka regimental officer stationed in India during the early 1900s. Inspired by the rugged elegance and workmanship of the 75-year-old leather, Marley made his first bag, a leather knapsack, for his young son. That bag is still used daily by his granddaughter.
The Ghurka collection is handmade by real people – artisans who have spent their lives learning the art of making beautiful and practical things out of fine leather. The assortment of iconic designs and new classics are individually numbered and registered, making each bag a unique heirloom.