Fall Utility Tote
We started designing bags simply because we could not find any that suited our needs. That is typical of our design process/projects and it seems to always work out the best that way - we don’t go ‘looking’ for projects. The things that we make are always a solution to a problem that we encounter, and this bag is no exception.
Traveling back and forth between our studio in New York and woodshop in Connecticut on a regular basis has one very serious drawback. Yes, it is a bit of a trek but that isn’t necessarily without merit; it forces us to take a break (usually a much needed one) from working, albeit a relatively short one. The drive itself is fairly pleasant, as we elect to take the more scenic route, which is known as Route 15.
No, the aspect that is most let’s say ‘inconvenient’ is the fact that I usually have to transport various ‘things’ between each workspace; things that can be cumbersome and often times numerous. Although each place has a different primary function, the work carried out in each setting does very often overlap. Sometimes I start a project like the Clamp in the woodshop, but finish it in our studio. And then there are times when I travel to CT, but only need to bring a change of clothes.
THIS, BUT NOT NECESSARILY THAT
It became clear that what I was looking for was a bag that could be rugged without being rough. Most ‘utility’ bags are literally ‘rough around the edges’, which is not necessarily a negative, but I wanted something a bit more aesthetically pleasing. Something with more character - a different take on a utility bag. Since I am one who prefers a minimal amount of things in my life, this bag had to be good enough to use on a day-to-day basis as well.
That was the inspiration and the Fall Utility Tote is the result.
There are many details or character one might say. I spent a lot of time working out the various stitch patterns, which differ between the two colorways. The Field Tan & Sage happens to be my favorite - there is something about the textures of the wax, duck and canvas that is appealing and resonates.
L / L