Dopp kit

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A traditional leather dopp kit

A Dopp kit is a small toilet bag, made of leather, vinyl, or cloth, that is used for storing men's grooming tools for travel. Common items kept in a Dopp kit are deodorant, a razor, shaving cream, comb, shampoo, nail clippers, scissors, toothbrush, toothpaste, and cologne. The name derives from early 20th century leather craftsman Charles Doppelt, a German immigrant to the United States, who invented his toiletry case in 1919.[1]

The kits became widely known during the Second World War when they were issued to GIs. Doppelt's company was purchased by Samsonite in the early 1970s.

Dopp kits were once a common gift given to adolescent males as they ascended from boyhood to adulthood.[2]

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office lists the trademark for "DOPP KIT" as canceled. It is still held by Buxton.[3] Buxton also owns a related registration for "DOPP", Registration No. 1,193,631. In addition to other goods the mark "DOPP" is used on toiletry bags.

In the British Isles the item is known as a "sponge bag".[citation needed]


  1. ^ Source: Catalogue from The Guildhall, Davis + Henderson, Markham, Ontario, Canada.
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  3. ^ "Trademark "DOPP KIT" (#73256578)". Trademark Status & Document Retrieval (TSDR). United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 15 March 2003. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 

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