Our Makers & Materials

Making anything leaves a footprint. To make something in the most responsible way possible, we think it needs to last a lifetime, be made locally to where it's sold and be recyclable. 

Made by Amy.

We insist on working with great people who share our values, and our lead bag maker Amy is one of a kind. She wears turquoise everyday, has two cats; George Clooney and Cleopatra, and as far as we can tell, only listens to Radio 6. She is awesome. 

She takes all our ideas, no matter how obscure, and turns them into reality. She has been making bags for 20+ years and is a true master of her art. She does all this, with the help of a small team, from her studio in the heart of the Suffolk countryside.

A Material Obsession

This is the stuff we lose sleep over. These are the choices that turn a great bag into a lifelong companion.

We source all our materials as close to home as possible. What we can't get nearby, we source with longevity and recyclability in mind.

British made since 1880.

British Millerain have been proofing and dyeing fabrics in Rochdale, England for over 140 years. Whilst heritage is important to us, the reason we chose to work with British Millerain is their commitment to making a product with minimal environmental impact.

The ultra dry-waxed canvas we use is a 14 oz organic cotton canvas, which has been impregnated with a unique wax blend and has a PFC free finish applied for increased water repellency. Unlike traditional waxed canvas, this material has a totally dry finish.

This GOTS certified organic cotton canvas was grown and milled in India and then sent by boat to British Millerain in north west England where it has been dyed and finished.

Cobra buckle closure.

Our buckles are made in Austria by AustriAlpin. They are known for making some of the worlds best buckles, and their Cobra buckles are absolutely incredible.

We have them sent to us by road, instead of air, to reduce our carbon footprint.

Hemp x Organic Cotton.

Our Lining material is sourced from Merchant and Mills in Kent and is made in Turkey.

Organic cotton is great but Hemp is absolutely awesome.

The cultivation process naturally reduces pests and returns 60-70% of the nutrients it takes back into the soil. Its growth requires little water or pesticides and no fertilisers.

It is the most carbon negative crop, absorbing more carbon dioxide than it produces. If thats not awesome we don't know what is.

Great zips = 50 hours of research.

As you may already know, we don't like zips, thats why we make roll top backpacks. So when it came to finding a zip for our small bags we knew it had to be something special.

Eventually we chose a Riri AQUAzip®. These zippers are weatherproof, super hard-wearing, and made in Switzerland.

On our duffels we use a weatherproof zipping material that comes from China. We still have some of this material left and don't want to waste it, but once it is finished we will transition to a local manufacturer.

Soft, strong & made in Derbyshire.

Our cotton webbing is made by Bowmer Bond in Sheffield. They have been making webbing for over 200 years, enough said.

We love sheep.

We were so excited when we found the padding for our bags. It is a wool felt material made from 100% recycled wool in West Yorkshire.

The bits and bobs.

Labels.

Our internal cotton labels and are made for us by National Weaving in Wales. Each label is signed by Amy.

Embroidery.

All our embroidery is done by a lady named Bev in Suffolk, 2 miles from where our bags are made by Amy.

Fittings.

The rest of our metal fittings are sourced from UK and EU companies. That buy in bulk from China. Whilst not being ideal, we simply are not able to meet the minimum order requirements to produce them locally and affordably. However, we are working hard to find viable alternatives.