Archive for April 2009
Cool video of how L.L. Bean totes are made:
Via All Plaidout.
More totes made from old sailcloth, but these have a much more futuristic look.
See more at the Ragged Edge website.
Alice is a friend and fellow tote enthusiast. All told she has about a dozen; this first one is my favorite. It’s from Marblehead Handprints and it was her book bag in college. The color is rich and intense, and I love the way the canvas is so thick it can stand up on its own after years of frequent use:
I found a few nice beach rocks in the bottom:
Here’s a closeup of the label; there’s not much info online about Marblehead Handprints other than it was started in Marblehead, MA in the 70s by Molly Haley.
Other totes in her collection include this small Marimekko tote:
a yellow leather Furla tote:
new custom LL Bean tote:
beautiful black suede tote lined with red leather:
The red ribbon zipper pull was Alice’s personal addition to the bag:
Thanks to Alice for this tour of totes!
I was driving through Portland last Sunday when I spied a charming window display of white canvas totes, tents, and packs. The store, Beckel Canvas Products, was closed, but I took some photos through the windows. (Pardon the reflectiony images; it was a beautifully sunny day.) This tote, the “Handi Bag” was my favorite:
It’s made of thick canvas with bits of leather reinforcement. You can see another one back farther in the workshop here:
Other kit bags:
More stock farther back in the shop:
The window display also featured a stuffed raccoon working an antique sewing machine and a beaver peeking out of a miniature canvas outhouse (complete with crescent moon window!) while solving a crossword puzzle:
See all the rest of Beckel Canvas’ products here.