Reintroducing: The Thames by Franco Boydell


All of our collections have their own distinct character. Whether it be the traditional stylings of the Brompton Classic or elegant lines of the Mayfair Luxe. Despite their differences they still retain the same Knomo function — outstandingly organised and timeless in use. Our latest men's collection is no different, however it carries a few extra clever features which are not seen in any other lines. That’s why we’re proud to reintroduce you to The Thames - giving you a little more of an insight into why we chose to go for something a little outside of the Knomo box.

Taking back the Thames

When designing the Thames we came to think about one situation which so many of us can relate to — getting caught in the rain. Whether it’s mid commute, while we’re out cycling, when we’re exploring the city, or further afield, it’s something which all too many of us (especially in the UK) face on a regular basis.

But when your backpack is also your portable office, wardrobe and filing cabinet, you need all the protection you can get to remove the risk. So our designers got their thinking caps on, and conceived a range of bags built to not only withstand the elements, but those that make life on a rainy day all the more simpler. The three bag range takes our most popular styles and transforms them for the ultimate outdoor range: Harpsden, Cromwell, and Rupert.


Down to details

Our first port of call was to find a material which was completely water resistant. We chose a combination of high-frequency welded nylon, backed with ultra-water resistant polyurethane. Furthermore, the materials made for a very light weight construction which still retains a modern contemporary edge.

Next was to make sure that every possible place where water could enter was designed to avoid this from becoming a reality. The Cromwell, for example, has a roll top opening which is completely air tight, meaning that once secure there is no chance of any droplets seeping in. Similarly all zip fastenings in the range are hooded to guide away any unwanted water, and welded flat into the fabric to reduce any seepage. All three styles have a secure front pocket to store any essential items needed to hand, for fast movement when the elements might be against you.

Despite most hardy bags focusing on their exterior functionality, we wanted to give as much attention to the interior. Each bag is fitted with a designated padded laptop section, to protect and allow for easy access when needed. With huge main compartments, and signature organisation sections you can easily fit in everything you need for the day but also ensure that more important, smaller items are safe and secure.

The Thames collection was a challenge to create, but one which we are excited to share with you and to those new to Knomo. Our adventure to this point has seen us produce a whole range of bags and accessories for different lifestyles, but throughout them all we ensure that the same high level of quality and innovative design is integrated. To keep an eye on our latest developments check out our blog, or sign up to to our email list.

Thames Waterproof Harpsden Backpack Cyclist Laptop Bag