The Classics

Apr 30, 2014

Noah Guy

Introducing our new twill wax fabric: as part of a refresh of our staple collection, all of our classics will now be available year-round in the same colors and same fabric. Our new twill waxed cotton makes for a durable, yet soft bag that is water repellant and will only look better with age. Our matching luggage comes in four fresh colors, creating a clean, uniform appearance. Travel and adventure has never looked this good.

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    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

     

     

     

     

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Big Sur

Apr 07, 2014

Noah Guy


In January of this year we took a trip to Los Angeles the long way: driving down the coast on Highway One. Starting out in San Francisco we headed south passing Santa Cruz and stopping in Monterey for tacos. After watching the sun set we headed into the night on the coastal Highway and into Big Sur.

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    The XL Boat Tote and natural DayPack that we brought on our trip

     

     

    At night and in darkness with no full moon to see by, the sounds of the waves on the shore are the only real point of reference. The noise is so powerful and somehow comforting all at the same time. In the darkness the immense crashing reminds me of my relative size, just a spec of dust on the big earth. Somehow that realization is comforting, just to know that I am no more important than that small tree across the bluff. After listening for a bit and staring into the darkness looking for white foam to catch a hint of non existent moonlight - we turned back to camp. We forgot batteries for the flashlight and set up camp in the darkness, feeling our way around for a sleeping bag, tent and toothbrush. The sounds of the waves our major companion, like a wall of noise building and then crumbling. 

     

    The next morning we woke up on a bluff over the surf break and perfectly moody Northern California weather. From our tent we could get up and see the waves crashing down on the rocks and get a face full of wind straight off the ocean. The bluff we were on was the last bit of California before the Pacific Ocean swallows up the land and becomes sea. The beach down below is short and covered with a huge rock. There is an arch-shaped rock right on the coastline where the waves crash through constantly. We walked down to the rocks and clambered around. With the perfectly diffused, overcast light and the inspiring crashing waves, we couldn't help but to take some of these photos on the shoreline. 

    me with the All Canvas Tote on the rocks

     

    Breakfast on the Bluff

     

    I think about bags and how they give us a certain freedom to move around and yet stay healthy and happy. Bring your sweater to stay warm, your favorite foods to avoid the chain stores, a notebook or camera to find ways to appreciate the new place your in. Packing even just for a short trip some of the essentials such as coffee/coconut water, croissants and avocados made for a really nice morning.

    As we ate breakfast near the campsite, the sun rose quickly over the hill and we could feel the temperature of the day approaching. After some time with the waves and filtered sunlight we picked up and moved on down the Highway One. Driving the open road we stopped along the way to meander around other beaches and aimlessly explore small towns until we finally arrived in Los Angeles. 

    Kirk Creek Beach in South Coast Big Sur

    Arch Rock & Boat Tote

    Utility Tote in Natural

     

     

     

    Aysia contemplating the rocks

    Heading South on the One

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Cowboy Simplicity

Jan 11, 2014

Aysia Stieb


When it came time to design a wallet, we drew inspiration from the old west. Being in California the desert is always near and the history of the west shows up in everyday things. Cowboys being the ultimate minimalists, would want a wallet that is rugged as well as simple. The leather we use is naturally vegetable-tanned in pennsylvania and is the same leather used in the best american saddles. It’s hand cut and sewn in our san francisco workshop where every stitch counts towards making the wallet last as long as the leather. The ultimate cowboy wallet, its as simple as a billfold can be, and because of that will last for years of use and wear in handsomely.

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Canvas Day Pack

Dec 18, 2013

Aysia Stieb

Our newest backpack is in fact an old style. Based on a 1970's nylon outdoor pack made right here in the Bay Area, destined for day hikes in Yosemite. We re-did the backpack in 18oz cotton canvas and cleaned up a few details to make what improvements we could. One creature comfort we added is a laptop sleeve that will fit a 15 or 13 inch Mac Retina Laptop. The other is an outside front pocket thats kept clean with a hidden snap showing just a touch of a leather pull tab to make it easier to open. The military spec alligator clip adjusters will keep the backpack straps in place and are fun to adjust. Comes in three colors.

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Nicasio Valley Editorial

Nov 29, 2013

Noah Guy

Just over the hill from Point Reyes and far enough away from shopping centers of Marin lies Nicasio Valley. A winding road hugging a shrinking reservoir, a town with only a church and a baseball field - Nicasio is the perfect inspiration for simplicity. We came here to bask in the exposure and squint at the sun reflecting off the baked mud. With plenty of space to feel small in, we spent a lovely afternoon feeling the sun on our skin.

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