Our necessary luxury? Waxed canvas luggage.
Waxed canvas is the perfect material for bags and luggage: lightweight, water resistant, tremendously strong and tear-resistant and really good-looking. The fact that is it breathable has saved me on numerous occasions coming back from beach destinations. We love the patina it acquires, and the history of the material makes it a classic American heritage product. Waxwear was developed at the turn of the last century by the US Army for soldier’s ponchos that converted into tents at night. The original ‘technical’ fabric! We source from that same mill: by fine-tuning a 100 year old proprietary recipe we created our signature structure, ‘hand’ and aging characteristics. We wanted an extra stiff, lightweight fabric that was ‘creasy’ (actual technical term) with a dry (non-sticky finish). It’s all in the wax recipe. Using no chemicals, only natural cotton and wax, it is the PERFECT fabric for exceptionally long-lasting rugged bags: lightweight, yet extremely strong and durable, water-resistant yet breathable.
Waxed canvas luggage, gets better looking with age, acquiring a well-earned patina and flying just under the radar like any inveterate traveler. As our family’s Southern Grande Dame once said “Darlin’ it’s all about arrivals and departures”.