For the Love of Modern Life: How FTL Bags Masterfully Empowers Urbanites with a Revolutionary Duffel

by Shannon Sparks

We’ve all been there: running from a high-powered meeting to the gym, then off to a social event, juggling multiple bags and praying we didn’t forget anything important. That feeling of disorganization and chaos can weigh us down, making it difficult to focus on what truly matters in our busy lives. Enter FTL Bags, the brainchild of lifelong friends and New York City natives Ryan Lane and Xander Chase, who experienced the same problem and decided to take matters into their own hands. FTL, which stands for “For the Love,” is on a mission to revolutionize the bag industry with a unique and functional duffel bag design that effortlessly transitions between work, gym, and social life. In doing so, they aim to drive productivity and inspire a community of like-minded individuals who want to live life to the fullest.

Tackling the Bag Juggle


Both Ryan Lane, with a background in real estate and design, and Xander Chase, a fintech professional with an engineering degree, bonded over their shared struggle to navigate their busy lives. Tired of juggling multiple bags or making extra trips home just to change clothes, they sought to create a solution that catered to their needs and helped others in similar situations. The idea of FTL was born, representing their love for living life to the fullest, productivity, travel, fitness, and everything that gets them out of bed in the morning.

The Birth of the FTL Original Duffel Bag


After two years of grappling with manufacturing challenges and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan and Xander introduced the FTL Original Duffel Bag to the world in December 2021. This sleek and modern duffel bag combines the functionality of a gym bag, garment bag, and briefcase. Equipped with a hidden shoe compartment, laptop sleeve, and built-in garment bag, it’s perfect for anyone who cares about aesthetics, high-quality goods, and spend time traveling, in the gym, or in a professional setting.

The bag’s unique design and professional aesthetic set it apart from its competitors, and its unparalleled functionality and organization cater to the needs of a modern, busy individual. The FTL Original Duffel Bag not only serves as a perfect companion for a packed day but also doubles as an ideal overnight or personal item for plane travel.

The Upcoming Kickstarter and Future Plans

With their initial inventory selling out within a few months, FTL has proven there’s a demand for their innovative product. They’re launching a Kickstarter campaign soon to ramp up inventory and production, as well as introduce additional products like dopp kits, luggage tags, and eventually suitcases, backpacks, and accessories for both men and women. The Kickstarter campaign will also feature a range of FTL-branded clothing items.


Building the FTL Community

FTL is not just about creating innovative products; it’s also focused on building a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for productivity and living life to the fullest. With plans to organize networking events, workouts, runs, and other collaborations, FTL aims to inspire a mindset of making the most of one’s days.


This focus on community extends to their partnerships and collaborations with other brands, as well as their commitment to hosting events in the future that foster connections and inspire growth among their peers.

Shaping the Future of Bags


FTL’s unique vegan leather duffel bag with a professional aesthetic is making waves in the highly competitive bag industry. Despite being a relatively new entrant, the company sold out of its initial inventory within a few months and is receiving inquiries for partnerships and collaborations. With their upcoming Kickstarter campaign and the founders’; determination to push the limits of design and functionality, FTL is on track to become a major player in the industry within the next 12 months.

Presented by: Tom White

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