We purchase high quality fabrics from trusted, USA based sources. Our years of manufacturing and carrying our bags have helped us hone in on what works best for our bags and holds up to daily use. Here's what we are currently using:
100% cotton canvas has wax integrated into the fibers during the weaving process and finished with a top coat of wax for added water resistance. Waxed canvas has a distressed look that will age and change over time. We source ours from a 7th generation family owned and operated manufacturer, an industry leader in coated fabrics. Waxed canvas was originally developed in the late 1800's for long shore fishermen who needed to stay warm and dry. We like that legacy.
Water resistance: High
Water Resistant Canvas
100% cotton canvas. Much like waxed canvas, a water resistant coating is integrated into the fibers during the weaving process but, there is no top coat wax finish. This results in a surface that is only slightly distressed and will look the same, day in and day out. It has a water resistant coating which makes it extremely durable and able to withstand the elements, keeping the contents of your bag dry.
Water resistance: High
100% cotton canvas with a corded weave. Corded canvas is similar to corduroy only it has no pile, does not pill and breaks in like your favorite denim. Corded canvas has not been treated with any water resistant coatings.
Water Resistance: low
100% cotton canvas with a slightly brushed surface. Soft to the touch. Our brushed canvas has not been treated with any water resistant coatings.
Water resistance: low
Cordura® is a high performance, highly water resistant fabric. It is light weight, extremely durable and will not absorb water. We use Cordura® brand nylon which is all made in the USA.
Water Resistance: High
Canvas made from 50% recycled plastic soda bottles and 50% cotton. Thread's philosophy of responsible supply chains, from Ground to Good™ is what drew us to their fabric. Through their manufacture of fabric, Thread has been able to contribute to the support a network of citizen owned and operated recycling centers in Haiti. Their fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles collected on the streets of Haiti and woven into fabric in the United States. Roughly 16 bottles are recycled to make 1 yard of fabric.
Water resistance: Low (but, we pair it with highly water resistant Cordura so your bag contents remain dry)
Our leather comes from Aurora Shoes, a handmade shoe manufacturer in upstate New York. We have partnered with them to upcycle their scraps when we can. The leather detailing may have marks and scars due to this process but, it will never loose structural integrity. Leather hides are sourced from Horween, the famous Chicago tannery founded in 1905.
Our wool felt is a dense industrial wool felt. 100% merino. German milled and dyed. Felt is shock absorbent and water resistant. Sourced from our friends at FilzFelt