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Oldski Bag (Designed in 1991, Mayerhofen, Austria)
 
 
"I jumped at the chance and asked if he could take three bags and pass them onto Prince Charles and the boys."
OLDSKI BAG (DESIGNED IN 1991, MAYERHOFEN, AUSTRIA)
I HAD my first taste of skiing in 1985 with the school. To say I fell in love with it would be an understatement.

Stuart Olds pictured with the Oldski Bag After a trip to Austria in 1991 where the snow was very poor, I designed the Oldski Bag (see pictures below). I managed to get fifty bags made by a video camera bag manufacturer in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

I drove to Scotland in 1993 with the van loaded up with Oldski Bags. I slept in the back of the van in the ski resort car parks and tried to sell the bags to shops and skiers in Glencoe, Glenshee, The Lecht and Aviemore.

While driving and getting lost, I came across some very large gates to some sort of country home. There was a local man by the gates, so I stopped and asked him where I was.

"You are at Balmoral, laddie" came his reply. Immediately I thought of Prince Charles and the two young Princes skiing.

I jumped at the chance and asked if he could take three bags and pass them onto Prince Charles and the boys.

He took the bags and said he would pass them on. I had only sold a few bags by then, but was so pleased that Royalty would have an Oldski Bag, that it made the trip well worth it.

This is the Oldski Bag folded up. It can still carry walking boots or trainers. Ski all day and then put your heavy ski boots away and walk in ecstasy. This is the Oldski Bag with ski boots in. Carry them to the slopes while walking very comfortably and easily. I really took in the wonderful landscape that Scotland had to offer, and was sad to not have been there before.

My bags have been used by many friends who ski. I just can't take the financial risk to develop them properly, as the anxiety I suffer and the stress from money pressure is a killer for me.

I have also designed really cool trousers and a bikini top, but haven't got any prototypes made, just the designs.

If you are a sports or fashion manufacturer, please contact me concerning my other designs in this industry. Just look at the Crocs I designed to see my ability to come up with a very useful and marketable product.

Stuart Olds

Stuart Olds photographed by Dan Bernard
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