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A Manly Bag For Your Manly Book: The Saddleback Leather Company Contest/Giveaway

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We here at the Art of Manliness love partnering with the Saddleback Leather Company [1] because we’re both passionate about the same stuff: things that are classic, timeless, made to last, and can be passed down to the next generation. Saddleback channels that passion into making rugged, top quality leather bags, bags that your grandchildren will fight over when you’re dead. Here are the Art of Manliness we’re dedicated to sharing and spreading the virtues, skills, and manners every man should know and which never go out of style.

So we figured it was time to bring together our passions for the timeless and classic things in life.

We’ve had giveaways with Saddleback before, but this is by far our biggest and best. We’ve got multiple ways to enter and multiple prizes up for grabs.

We’ve touted our new book-The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man [2]-as a way to take your manliness on the go. The book is full of short sections of essential man knowledge that are easy to read in snatches wherever you travel during the day. But it’s pretty uncomfortable to try to shove the book in your pocket. What you need is a bag, a bag manly enough to carry the world’s manliest book. You need a Saddleback Leather Bag!

Are ready to get your hands on one of these epic leather bags just in time for the holidays?

There are two ways to enter this contest and 3 prizes up for grabs:

Ready for the details? Read on!

The Grand Prize: A Manly Bag for Your Manly Book Photo Contest

The Prize

Saddleback Leather Company Briefcase [1]Saddleback Leather Briefcase

We’re awarding one winner a Limited Edition Art of Manliness/Saddleback Leather Briefcase [3]. It’s an extra large light tobacco brown briefcase with The Art of Manliness boxer logo laser etched onto the bag. Indiana Jones will envy you when you win this bag. It’s a $600 USD value. Saddleback is also throwing in 3 $25 gift cards that can be used in their online store.

How to Enter

To enter, you must submit an awesomely manly picture of yourself reading The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man [2] while doing something manly or while in a manly location. Here’s how to submit your photo:

If you’re a visual learner, check out this quick screencast [8] I made during our Case pocket knife contest. View it here. [8]

How to Win

We’ll be judging photos on 1) creativity and 2) quality of work. We want you to have fun with this contest, so let your imagination run wild. You could take a picture of yourself reading The Art of Manliness while straight razor shaving or splitting wood. Or perhaps you know of a manly location that would be a great place to read The Art of Manliness. Be creative.

What’s nice about a contest, as opposed to a giveaway, is the more effort you put in to your entry, the more likely you are to win. So go for it!

Deadline to Enter

Deadline to enter is Monday, December 7, 2009 at 11:59PM CST. You’ve got two weeks to get a photo in!

Second and Third Prize: The Random Giveaway

In addition to the photo contest, we’re giving away two other Saddleback Leather company products in a random drawing. Here’s the rundown on the giveaway.

The Prizes

LS-LG-DCB_Front [1]Saddleback Laptop Bag [9]

The first name we draw will receive a Medium Dark Tobacco Brown Laptop Bag [9] ($256 USD value) and 2 $25 gift certificates to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.

WA-PA-LTB laying down, leather, passport wallet, large file [1]Saddleback Passport Wallet [5]

The second name we draw will receive a Light Tobacco Passport Wallet [5]($43 USD value) and 1 $25 gift certificate to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.

How to Enter

You have 3 ways to enter your name in a random drawing for a Saddleback laptop bag and passport wallet:
  1. Leave a comment under this post sharingsomething that you think is classic and/or timeless. This can be an object or a bit of wisdom or knowledge.
  2. Join the Art of Manliness Community’s Man Bag Group [10]. In order to join the group, you have to be a member of the AoM Community. [6]
  3. Share this post with your friends using the “Email Story to a Friend [11]” button in our “Share” Box at the bottom of the post. For each friend you email this post to, you’ll receive one entry in the contest. This means the more friends you share it with, the more entries you get. You can only send 10 at a time, but feel free to come back and send some more. We cannot see your friends’ email addresses, so we won’t be sending them any mail whatsoever.

Increase your chances of winning by doing all three!

How to Win

We’ll randomly select two entries. The first entry we draw will receive the laptop bag. The second entry we draw will receive the passport wallet.

Deadline to Enter

Deadline to enter is Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 11:59PM CST

Please read our official rules [12] for more details about the contest.

Got a question about the giveaway? Don’t let it get lost in the avalanche of comments. Message me directly! [13]