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It all started with a longtime friendship. Max and I (Yossi) met in a bike shop in 1998 where we both worked and became friends and co-workers. We were kids back then and didnt much care about anything but riding our bikes. Bikes in general became a theme for both our lives. Max still rides on his custom Ari bikes and I raced here and there and switched to other sports along the way. Today we still consider our cultural frame of reference to be the cycling industry, where our friends and much of of interests still are.

So when did Nisnas actually begin:

 

Way back in 2010 when we both reconnected after many years of separate pursuits, Max in industrial design school and me in political science and community work in the US, Egypt and Geneva. We came together to make Nisnas a thing at a time when all we wanted to do was positive change in our community so we spent all of 2010-2013 as a non-profit in the neighbourhood of Wadi Nisnas. We taught kids how to build bikes and taught classes on neighbourhood history

Tumblers

Each tumbler is made from one solid piece of oak that has been carefully selected for its qualities and longevity. Quality and careful selection of the wood is perhaps the most important part of the process. The oak needs to be solid and compact as oak is a long fiber wood with gaps to allow it to breath but pieces with larger gaps need to be selected and removed. Each tumbler is a work of art with subtle differences between very piece. The tumbler is specially shaped to expand towards the bottom to allow greater vapor expansion and better expansion of complex aromas as you drink.

 

The shape is borrowed from classic glass tumblers that have long been a staple of the industry. Working with an internal hourglass design in wood is a tough challenge but we achieved it and added wider hips at the base and expanded opening for more breath and room to taste with your mouth and nose.

Vortex Shadow leather bag

Following a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign that raised over $120,000, the Vortex Shadow became our smash hit for 2018. This year it is better than ever with small refinements that make it the absolute best leather sling bag with no expense spared, making this the best of the best.

 

Perfect for your daily use bag, with room for smart devices, small-mid flat cameras, daily essentials and room for books and travel accessories. It is the Swiss army knife of daily bags in premium Italian full grain leather. 

 

The urban bag re-imagined. Smart, handmade in full-grain leather with Cameras and smart devices in mind.

 

 


We have a bi-weekly chat with makers on the "process". Checkout the latest from Yossi here:

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