Our Materials

We are so excited to provide you with a high quality artisan made product. We believe in sourcing our materials from the highest quality suppliers available. So here's a little information for the history lovers.
 Our leather is purchased from Horween Leather Company in Chicago which has been run by the same family for three generations.They hand dye the hides and produce high quality leather that improves with age and use.

Isadore Horween, who had learned the leather business in his native Ukraine, immigrated to the United States in 1893. He obtained his first job at a tannery in the U.S. through a contact he made at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. For 12 years he worked in one of the then-two-dozen tanneries in Chicago.

He founded I. Horween and Co. in 1905, and established it on Division Street in Chicago. At the time, Chicago was a major center of the meatpacking industry and a major rail hub. The tanneries were built close to the source of raw materials. In 1911, Isadore Horween developed and produced Analine Chromexcel, one of the company's most traditional tannages and a leather that we use quite often

 

In 1938, Horween Leather Company became the official leather supplier for U.S. Marine Corps. water-resistant footwear during World War II. It supplied Chromoexcel, which was used exclusively in the North African Campaign. The company is now run by the fourth generation, with the fifth generation also in house.

We've also integrated waxed canvas bags into our line. 

Early mariners noticed that wet sails were more efficient than dry sails, but due to their weight slowed the vessel down. From the 15th century, mariners applied fish oils and grease to their heavy sailcloth. Out of the worn remnants of the sailcloth they cut waterproof capes to keep themselves dry, the forerunner of the fisherman's slicker. This was the beginning of waxed canvas' illustrious career as a sturdy water wicking fabric. The result was efficient sails in dry weather, lighter sails in wet weather, and drier sailors throughout. From 1795, Arbroath-based sail maker Francis Webster Ltd had perfected the art of adding linseed oils to flax sails, creating an oiled flax. Lighter than wet sailcloth, these started to be used by the Royal Navy and the early tea clippers. 

The fabric for our heirloom line is easily one of the most unique aspects of our bags. The mill that produces these fabrics has been in the same family since 1983 passed from father to son. The fabrics are reproductions of 18th and 19th century textile patterns and are woven on antique looms. The fabrics embody an old world texture and each unique pattern evokes antique craftsmanship. 
Our hardware and rivets are solid brass of durable quality.
The bags are carefully designed and constructed with style, functionality and durability in mind. We are 5 sisters honored to run a business together. Our goal is to provide the highest quality products with exceptional customer service.

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