Ghurka | Since 1975
At Ghurka, we view life as a never-ending series of journeys. Sometimes those journeys take us across time zones and continents; sometimes they simply take us across town. Regardless, each voyage marks us with its own indelible stamp, coloring our memories and sculpting our individual identities.
Our 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. The story begins at an antiquities auction in the early 1970s where our 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. Ghurka continues to cater to what Marley called the “quiet confidence and adventurous spirit” of the Ghurka client. Our assortment of iconic designs and new classics are made not to withstand life’s adventures, but to be molded by them, making each bag a unique heirloom.
Iconic American Designs
At Ghurka, our mission is to create iconic American designs to accompany a life well-lived. We design bags that are fit for purpose, with timeless style in mind. We do not chase trends- and we know what we stand for.
We create timeless designs that convey a functional luxury, appropriate wherever they go—tasteful, understated, and consistent. There is a conviction present when carrying a Ghurka; that no matter what the day holds, you’ll be ready for it.
We work with the finest craftsman within the US and Europe – and we look to create more opportunities for the next generation of leather craftsmen through production expansion, skilled training, and employee education.
A Ghurka bag operates in all worlds equally and admirably from east to west, from city to country. A Ghurka bag is as international as it is American, as cosmopolitan as it is local, as rooted in history as it is consistently changing. Every mark recalls a past adventure and creates anticipation for the next journey.
True style doesn’t change season to season, it’s timeless. Pieces like little black dress or jeans and a white tee-shirt are always fashionable and never go out of style. In the same way, Ghurka creates classic, reliable pieces that you can always count on to look and feel great. They’re ageless, can be worn for decades, and elevate whatever you wear them with.
As with many things in life, a Ghurka only gets better with age and experience—the beautiful patina it develops capturing sun-soaked days, rain-slicked nights and every unexpected detour in between. A lived-in and well-loved Ghurka becomes marked with moments large and small—what you reach for to remember past journeys and light the spark for future endeavors.