Over the past year or so, I have received so many requests for weather resistant options on my bags. I have hesitated to bring waxed canvas into my line, due to what I had learned about the toxicity of some of the original waxing processes, and I am obviously not a fan of synthetic materials. With a bit of research though, I am excited to have found a waxed canvas that I feel comfortable working with, and confident offering to my customers. It is a beautiful material, has such a sturdy feel, and really holds it’s own. I have really enjoyed working with this material over the last couple months. It took a bit of getting used to! It cuts and sews like a dream, and the finish is ever-changing with handling, giving every bag it’s own unique appearance.
Waxed canvas is a tightly woven cotton fabric that is impregnated with wax, making it weather resistant, while still maintaining breathability – unlike a lot of modern day synthetic outdoor gear. Waxed canvas has a sturdy feel, and ‘stands up’ in a way that the same material, in it’s unwaxed state, does not. The finishes used on this canvas are free of the hazardous solvents commonly used in the application of wax finishes. It is environmentally friendly and made right here in the US, from a family owned company that has been waxing canvas since the 1800s. Cleaning waxed canvas is easy, by simply wiping with a damp cloth or hosing off with cold water. It is not recommended to machine wash or dry clean waxed fabrics, as detergents and chemicals will break down the protective wax coating.
Currently, I have 2 colors offered in the shop, on 3 bag styles – graphite gray and raw cocoa brown – on the Rucksack, the Small Satchel and the tweed and waxed canvas tote. A third color, which s similar to my cinnamon brown canvas, will soon be appearing as well. If you have a request for colors not yet available, or a different bag not yet being offered in waxed canvas, feel free to ask.