Artifact Bag Company
The Artifact bag Company is a Nebraska based accessories brand owned and run by Chris Hughes, who makes all of the products himself by hand in his Omaha workshop, using a combination of hand tools and vintage equipment.
Using only the finest American sourced materials, the bags are hard-wearing, sturdy affairs and this is further backed up with a lifetime guarantee on all of the products Hughes makes, meaning you can be safe in the knowledge that your bag’s going to be able to cope with pretty much everything you chuck at it, even if that’s just going to work and back.
There are three main styles of bag – a shopping tote, a carpenters tote and a small lunch bag (and a messenger bag that’s being tested at the moment before it goes into production), all of which have their own designated production numbers and come in a mix of colours.
Starting with the 105, it’s a slim shopping tote, made from heavy 14oz waxed canvas with Horween leather straps and fittings, hand-hammered solid copper rivets and reinforced seam binding and double stitched seams (which are stitched using military specification nylon thread). It also features internal pocket, a leather fob with a clip for your keys and a pair of decent sized side pockets. It’s available in olive canvas with a choice of strap and webbing colours, or in a dark khaki.
The squatter 175 is next up. Originally designed for a carpenter, the 175 is crafted from a heavier weight 18oz waxed canvas and also features a double ply bottom to increase the bags durability (as you’d probably want from a bag designed to carry tools around in). As with the 105 it too has a pair of side pockets, an internal pocket and a leather fob with nickel finish clip for keys and hand-hammered solid copper rivets. In addition to these, the bag has 10oz harness leather handles and strap which hold the bag closed via a pair of press-studs.
The 215 lunch tote is a much smaller, simpler affair. As with the others it’s made from a mix of waxed canvas and Horween leather, and also features the same grade of stitching and those lovely hand-hammered copper rivets. Finally, there’s the messenger bag, which is inspired by a 1930′s American Red Cross Musette and should be in production soon. Once again sharing the same materials as the other bags but also using cadmium d-rings and buckles it’s a smart looking piece of kit and one worth considering if you’re in the market for such a bag.
For more information on this great range of bags or to order one for yourself, have a look at their website here: Artifact Bag Company.