Our Story

The idea behind Ozpack originally came to life many years ago, in Madison, Wisconsin. Struck by the futility of carrying a large backpack around the entire University of Wisconsin campus, the concept of Ozpack was born.

Originally from the picturesque town of Izmir, Turkey, Osman (Mr. Oz) wanted to incorporate his roots into Ozpack. The inspiration for our products’ exterior continues to come from local Turkish artisans. The uniqueness of the Mediterranean culture is imbued into each and every one of our bags. Striving to better our society as a whole, we also ensure all our leather bags to be the highest quality vegan leather composite.

At Ozpack, we live by a clear motto, “Live Simply”. Living simply means appreciating the creativity and positivity that can be explored in minimizing clutter and maximizing utility.

Our values include excellence, inclusiveness, diversity, stability and of course, innovation. We have aimed to reinvent the backpack. Inspired by lightening your load, we aim to constantly better our ways in Ozpack’s design and structure.

After reaching 200,000 users in Turkey, Ozpack has expanded to offer its products worldwide; products are now shipped internationally from Chicago. Our headquarters for international operations is in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Message from Mr. OZ


My name is Osman. I invented the Ozpack when I was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and they used to call me "OZ". After graduating and working for Inventables, a start-up in Chicago, I moved back to my hometown in Turkey in 2008 to work on Ozpack and be with my family.

In Turkey, people loved how Ozpack made their lives so much easier. Thousands of people ditched the backpack and started using an Ozpack. In March 1st of 2016, after three students from Italy contacted me through Instagram asking for Ozpacks, I realized people around the world are not that different. We all think a backpack is an overkill and a laptop sleeve just isn`t the solution. So I decided to make Ozpack available to everyone in the world.

I would love to hear your ideas on how I could improve my brand and my products. Please feel free to tell me about your ideas, feedback, your experience with Ozpack. I am looking forward to meet you!


Osman Can Ozcanli

Inventor of Ozpack®