A taste of Adventure – HF Triple Dopp Kit By Matthew Swaggart

If most people came across some old rope buried away in an antiques shop they would pass it by in their search for real treasure.


But then they’re not the talented photographer Matthew Swaggart.


In a flash of inspiration he has brought an icon back to its former glory. He has paired his find with a rugged leather to create the HF Triple Dopp kit. The Dopp kit was originally created by a leather craftsman in 1919 called Charles Doppelt (yep, hence the name) and was widely used by the American GI’s during WWII.


HF Triple by Mathew Swaggart (image by SwaggART)


It was often given to young men on their birthday when they reached that age that they were no longer an adolescent but now a man. This is a huge day in a young man’s life and the simple yet practical item is so much more than just a toiletry case, rather it is that first step to the adventure that lies ahead.


Handmade beauty - the HF Triple on a chair by Mathew Swaggart (image by SwaggART).


Imagine if you just packed up your bare essentials and embraced the spirit of adventure. This isn’t about pre packaged holidays but rather the sort of exploit that ends up in books like “The Motorcycle Diaries” by Ernesto “Che” Guevara or “As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning” by Laurie Lee.


"As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning" by Laurie Lee



It’s so exciting that in this age of mass production there exists something like this. Each kit is handmade in small quantities. When the rope runs out so does he limited edition. When more rope is found a new limited edition begins.

Now the simple toiletry case has once again returned to its former glory.


HF Triple front and back by Mathew Swaggart (image by SwaggART)



Matthew Swaggart set up HoldFast to create a stylish, durable and practical range of products to make life on the photo shoot that bit easier. I can’t help but feel his eye for detail has created so much more.


His personal design & creative ethos best sums up his vision: “I’m a man of taste, logic and most of all faith. I realize these don’t commonly mix but it’s what drives me.”


Taste: things must look right.

Logic: things need to make sense.

Most importantly, Faith: defines what taste and logic truly are.


And in those words Adventure is born…


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