Our classics are now made from a ring-spun cotton, which provides a strong fabric with a soft hand. The ring-spinning process has its origins in the Middle Ages, when cotton was spun by hand using a spinning wheel or spindle. The process was a way to make fabric from raw cotton softer to the touch and more durable. Ring-spinning has come a long way since then, with the creation of the first ring-spinning machine in America in 1828. Although the machinery has undergone many developments and improvements since then, the process remains the same.
Ring-spun cotton is made using a special yarn spinning process that involves continuously twisting and thinning the cotton fibers, resulting in a stronger yarn with a very soft hand. Due to this unique spinning process, ring spun cotton is much softer and lighter weight than regular cotton. This results in a lightweight and sturdy bag that is durable enough to carry all of your essentials.
Made from 18 oz twill fabric, our classics are now sturdier than ever, and more resistant to wear and tear. The distinct diagonal pattern and structure of twill fabric lends to its strength and ability to hide dirt and soil. Even through the rough and tumble of travel, rest assured your luggage will hold its shape, and keep its refined appearance.
Caught in a sudden downpour? No problem. The waxed finish on our classics means that your belongings stay safe and dry. Waxing cotton fabric for waterproofing is a method that originated in Scotland in the 15th century. Mariners learned that wet sails were actually more efficient than dry ones, however due to their weight, they slowed the ships down. As a solution fish oils and grease were applied to the sails, making them more hold more air in rain or shine.
It didn't take long for the originators to capitalize on it's wild success and start thinking of alternate uses for waxed canvas. In the late 1800’s J. Barbour & Sons started producing waxed jackets for farmers and gamekeepers, and later they started to develop motorcycle suits. The natural pliability, and waterproofing properties of waxed cotton make for a rugged fabric that can withstand the elements. Which is exactly why it makes great bags that will last and wear nicely over time.
Luggage has been in use by humans for ages, taking its first form in the shape of knapsacks and satchels made from animal skins. These soft, lightweight bags were used in many ancient civilizations. The word luggage was coined by the British in the late 16th century, coming from the verb “lug,” meaning to drag. In the Middle Ages, aristocrats used large, decorated trunks to store their belongings for travel, but luggage as we know it today wasn’t developed until the 19th century, when travel became popularized as something done for recreation, rather than out of necessity.
Available in olive, tan, navy, and black, the neutral palette of our classics makes for the perfect traveling companions. With luggage in matching colors, you can choose what works best for your lifestyle while still maintaining a clean and put together look
our new classics fabrics
from concept to pattern to finished product - everything is made by hand & by us in San Francisco