A rekindled love of canvas bags
Posted 24 May 2015 - 01:59 PM
I haven't seen any broken leather tabs on SF's Filson thread. Filsons are pretty much indestructible.
Posted 25 May 2015 - 01:27 PM
I have in my duffel my fitting kit (pins, snippers, measuring tapes), my button kit, phone charger, tea bags, camera, flash (Canon 430 EXII), notebooks, clothesbrush, toiletries bag, tablet, etc. The bag is like a bucket; it mostly stays in the car; I retrieve from it whatever I need for the moment. It goes into the hotel room with me nearly every weekend. I bring it along as carryon whenever I travel.
It works together with a Muji tote. The tote is more tactical. I transfer from the duffel to the much smaller tote what I need for a task. I carry the tote; the duffel remains in the car/room.
I mostly dislike the Muji tote and am looking for a better tote. I want something light, with longer handles.
I have talked to people, and some have the small duffel but want the medium, and some have the medium and want the small. My thoughts on this: only buy the small, never medium or large. The constraint is not volume, it is weight. A full small duffel can barely be shouldered without dislocating a joint or slipping a spinal disk. If you need to carry more stuff that what will fit in a small duffel, you need a bag with wheels.
BTW, I welcome suggestions of a duffel the same size as the Filson small duffel but with superior quality or functionality. It's something I use so often, I don't mind upgrading. The two problems that need solving are the darkness inside the bag which makes locating items difficult and a shoulder strap that has no non-slip padding.
Posted 28 May 2015 - 01:17 AM
Sand because it makes the interior of the bag brighter, thus easier to locate things. The LV bags have a dark brown light-absorbing interior -- impossible to find things.
Posted 17 June 2015 - 07:11 PM
Earlier there was a suggestion to review master-piece. http://master-piece.co.jp. Here are my 2 cents for what they are worth. Very well-made with quality fasteners and zippers. I especially like the swiveling pull tabs. Rather than broad nylon straps, master-piece prefers to use narrow nylon straps. Aesthetically more appealing as a casual accessory with the use of mixed materials in addition to canvas. Typified by this Hedge NO.01990 backpack. No padding though. Some level of padding on the shoulder straps. I am not sure I like some of the painted metal hook fasteners as I imagine the paint will come off at some point - see the two tiny blue coloured hooks used on the Hedge in the picture below.
Posted 17 June 2015 - 07:21 PM
I found one lovely brand from Sweden called QWSTION. http://www.qwstion.com/. Nordic aesthetic, with functionality in tact. I especially like the tote. No explanation necessary - see pictures below.
The office totes and weekender bags are also very attractive. Some models come with padded interior for laptops.
Posted 17 June 2015 - 07:28 PM
For those who want a utilitarian canvas bag that is not too expensive, I think this brand from Korea can perhaps be an option to consider. Monofold. http://www.monofold.com/eng/ Especially for those who like QWSTION's multifunctional bag but baulk at the prices, monofold does offer a City Carrybag that can be a tote/backpack/messenger.
Free worldwide shipping for orders > USD$50.
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