Marge Gaffin Healthy Back Bag Workshop

About Us​

The Healthy Back Bag® began in the USA as an idea Margery Gaffin had after undergoing back surgery due to a roller-skating accident in the late 80’s.

“My back was the inspiration for the HBB. I suggested we design a bag that hugged the body and didn’t cause back and neck pain. The first Healthy Back Bag ever made was black leather. Other materials followed, but leather is the classic that started it all.” – Margarey Gaffin

Irwin Gaffin was one of the foremost leather craftsmen in the USA and had been designing high quality leather bags for over 25 years.

“I began my career as a leather worker in the late ’60’s. Leather became my life back then and still is. I began my work on horse gear, but transitioned to soft structured leather bags early on, became one of the top 10 USA leather craftsmen in the ‘70’s and have continued my trade for over 40 years. In 1987, AmeriBag began by building my designs in leather, and to this day we still hand-build custom leather bags.” – Irwin Gaffin


Our Product

It’s all about the shape

The Healthy Back Bag is an alternative to a backpack intentionally designed so you can live more comfortably.

The ergonomic shape of the bag hugs the natural curve of the back distributing the weight evenly down the spine. Strategic pocketing keeps your possessions organised, but also shares the weight evenly around the interior of the bag. All this makes the bag feel lighter, puts less stress on your neck, back and shoulder, and both looks good and feels good.

Bag on Blue Sun

Our Team

We have a small but mighty team based out of our office in De Beauvoir, East London.

Priscilla Chase

Priscilla Chase

Managing Director

Beate Hummel

Beate Hummel

Operations Manager

Karen Diffin

Karen Diffin

Customer Service Manager

Clare Elson

Clare Elson

PR & Marketing

Will Jarret

Ecommerce & Marketing Coordinator


Shelby Tuinman-Bell

Creative Brand manager


Nancy Evans

Global Business Development

Evelyn Males

Sales Manager

Want to see our latest collection?

We release new collections every season. Take a look at our latest arrivals. 

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