Through common friends, shared interests and a mutual respect for each others’ brands and beliefs, we have joined forces with the Chinatown Soccer Club to create the Incase | CSC Soccer Bag, available today in highly-limited edition. Designed to meet the group’s very particular needs–on the pitch, in the office and all points in between–the Incase | CSC Soccer Bag marries our signature industrial design aesthetic and device-driven functionality with ergonomic features and soccer-specific storage all in a durable, lightweight design.
Founded in 2002, the Chinatown Soccer Club is a diverse collective of artists, photographers, designers, writers, skateboarders and like-minded creative individuals that converges on New York City’s Chinatown in all weather and seasons for friendly morning matches before heading to work.
“Since we play year-round, we needed a bag that was durable and roomy enough for soccer gear as well as the essentials for those heading to work straight after our early morning games,” said Gerhard Stochl, founding member and coach of the Chinatown Soccer Club. “So many of us already use Incase products; it was clear that the Incase team understood our alternative view of the game. One of our designers, Justin Fines, lead the way on our side, working closely with Incase’s Tim Wall at all stages of development. We took our time to create a bag that would work for our specific environment and needs, going back and forth even about the smallest details. The bag is truly a representation of both CSC and Incase.”
The Incase | CSC Soccer Bag is a manifestation of the team’s creative professions and recreational passion for soccer. Combining the essential functions of a sport duffel bag with the best protective elements of an Incase backpack, the Incase | CSC Soccer Bag is a versatile, all-weather bag with exceptional functionality. The Incase | CSC Soccer Bag features durable and lightweight sailcloth construction for strength and tear resistance. A weatherproof padded notebook sleeve keeps essential technology guarded, while a removable shoe bag and waterproof soccer ball compartment secure game essentials. For easy transport, especially for those who commute via bike, the Incase | CSC Soccer Bag features padded shoulder straps and back panel for increased comfort and ergonomic support.
“Incase is thrilled to align with the CSC to bring to life such a pioneering product,” said Damon Way, Incase Chief Brand Officer. “It is inspiring to work with such a unique group of creatives who are just as dedicated to a sport as they are to their professions.”
To celebrate the NYC launch of their collaboration, Incase and the CSC have created a Clubhouse located across the street from the club’s home turf in the Lower East Side. Located at 195 Chrystie Street, the CSC’s temporary home will feature artifacts to showcase the club’s history ranging from photography to posters, jerseys and trophies and present the club’s positive interpretation of soccer and soccer culture. The Clubhouse will be open daily from 12-7 p.m. starting April 29 through May 2.