It seems I’m a little obsessed with bags and leather goods, probably half of my “Made in the USA” series being about these items. Anyway, today I’m presenting you with Joshu + Vela, a young San Francisco based brand which manufactures bags and other small leather items. Each piece is custom made, the canvas and leather are dosmetically sourced, vintage sewing machines are used.
Cause that’s the way they roll.
Joshu + Vela products can be found in the USA (duh.), Germany and Taiwan.
Now dear reader, please behold.
Bexar Goods Co. is brand based in San Antonio, TX which manufactures (great) bags and accessories. I already mentionned it here in my third volume about American made products but I felt I should focus even more on their products and their history.
The Bexar Goods Co. team is composed of three members of the same family (a geologist, a designer and a mountaineer) who basically decided to come together to hand craft goods that will probably last longer than you.
They use leather from one of the older tanneries in the USA, Horween leather based in Chicago, which I (unfortunatelly) did not have the time to visit when I was there, and canvas from one of the oldest textile supplier in the USA.
Now, enough with the chitchat.
And as a bonus, a great video about the making of their waxes canvas carry!
Corter Leather is a one man operation based in Boston, Massachussetts whose products I cannot wait to put my hands! It was founded a few years ago by a then college student, Eric Heins, and despite the fact that it’s so small, it gained attention from several influential blogs and websites including Well Spent, Uncrate, Cool Material, Hypebeast, and Selectism.
Here are a few of their products.
Here is a geat video about Corter Leather’s project to raise money for relief effort in Japan (the video is a year old).