Our Story

“What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.”

- Arnold Palmer

Shapland Sports Co. is passionate about design, quality, and doing things right. We believe that quality design is built to last.  Whether it is a beautiful building, a classic car, a family heirloom, or a well-made sports bag, these things become more important to us as time goes on.  We have engineered all of our products so you can take pride in them for years to come. While our products gain inspiration from the great designs of the past, we will only make something if we believe we can improve upon it. Whether by using the best materials available or tailoring it to the modern age, our lightweight and water resistant products made from 14-oz canvas, top-grain leather accents and antique brass hardware will become a reliable addition to your life. When you buy a Shapland product, you know that you are not just getting the best made product money can buy, but the best designed product of its kind.

 

The Founder

Henry is the founder of Shapland. He was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago and oddly enough became fascinated with golf bags at a young age. If you don’t believe us, check out this home video from his 14th birthday (he was a late bloomer...Ha!)He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois. He completed an independent study on 3-D modeling and golf club design, internships with Ping and Wilson in their engineering and design departments, worked at an engineering consulting company, and after completing his MBA at London Business School he decided to pursue his passion and founded Shapland Sports Co.

For as long as he could remember, Ping manufactured the bag for the serious golfer. They were everywhere in junior golf. They were the high school and university team bags and at the time were carried by anyone who understood the importance of well-designed, innovative golf bags. At the top of that list was the L8 golf bag, the inspiration for Shapland and where our story begins - innovating on the best products of the past.

 

Giving Back

Shapland is a proud supporter of gender equality initiatives around the globe. Gender equality means that men and women have equal power and equal opportunities for financial independence, education, and personal development. In today's age of information and acceptance, it is always surprising to see open gender discrimination, but unfortunately, this happens more often than we would like to admit, especially within the world of golf. Whether it is an all-male members club, or limiting when women can tee-off on a Saturday, these conscious or unconscious gender based biases are damaging and the only way we can progress is through information and education. So, after witnessing first-hand the positive power that sport can have on a community, we wanted to harness that power for a cause near to our hearts, because gender equality is not just a women’s issue – it is a people issue.

*Donations will be evaluated on an annual basis and the recipient will be determined based on who we feel is making the greatest strides towards gender equality through both local and/or global initiatives. Examples of charitable organizations include, but are not limited to: UN Women, HeForShe, Let Girls Learn, etc.

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