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how it's made: defy bags bowery tote

With characteristic fatigue—recalling anecdotes from a defining chapter in our nation’s history—authentic military tent canvas is expertly upcycled by Chicago based Defy Bags® for more action.

First and last used in World War II, the material is given an organic bath to remove decades of old must and dust. Pieces are then laid out for pattern cutting—all under the watchful eyes of expert craftspeople.

From the 100 year-old Horween Leather Company, Latigo leather pieces—supple, sturdy cattle hide which is a staple of saddlery and military gear—are used to make the straps and front pocket of the bag. The leather is tanned using centuries old techniques then pattern-cut and stitched to the
bowery tote—all by hand.

One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—this hand-crafted bag of repurposed material has a release of 100.


watch: au naturel


on the road: india 4.2012


the making of: tie dye rug

Above, hand-tufting and finishing the natural wool pile—the base of a tie-dye rug—then prepping the rug for dyeing.

After dyeing, rinsing, and blocking, a latex backing is added above. Below, four tie-dye rugs shown side by side—each unique in pattern and color variation—ready for inspection, wrapping and shipping.