HANDCRAFTED WAXED CANVAS AND LEATHER BAGS Designer + Bag maker sharing my process and inspirations| Small batch and custom work | Vancouver



I use premium quality waxed canvas and leather for my bags. These natural materials are not only long lasting, but they get more beautiful over time.

LIGHTLY WAXED CANVAS
This is a beautiful heavy duty cotton¬†canvas that is treated with a natural layer of a proprietary blend of wax. It creates a surface that is smooth and water resistant. Unlike fully waxed canvas, this fabric won’t have the wrinkled or cracking effect after use. The colour doesn’t rub off onto your clothing and it’s dry to the touch. Some waxed canvases feel a little waxy and damp.

This is a special textile that is produced by a small family run business in the USA since the 1830’s. They are one of the last companies to produce this kind of quality material.

For more about this material, please see:  Why I think Waxed Cotton Canvas Fabric Is Such a Special Material.

 

ITALIAN VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER
This leather that I use is hard-wearing, thick and strong. It’s a top grade quality leather that ages beautifully. The leather is smooth on both sides and has a nice flexibility for bag straps.

 

SOLID BRASS and ANTIQUE BRASS HARDWARE
I try to use as much solid brass and antique brass hardware as possible for the bags. It’s much more expensive than most bag hardware on the market, but I favour quality over quantity. This kind of hardware is beautiful, strong and durable.