the story of: vintage archive totes
Jan 28, 2013
Inspired by the graphics found on vintage navy barracks bags, we created our new Vintage Archive silhouettes for spring. These totes are vintage in spirit, but we updated them with leather handles, interior pockets, and durable cotton canvas.
Used to store and transport personal clothing, these bags were the one item that was allowed to be personalized by the sailor. The sailor’s name and serial number were stenciled on in white lettering, and then the bags were painted or dyed as well as stamped with ship information. Prior to World War II, navy barracks bags were made of a blue denim material. By 1942, the blue denim bag was replaced by a new bag made with olive fabric. Original barracks bags are highly collectible today.
Taking true inspiration from these military bags, we decided to add some graphics of our own to the totes. We chose nautical colors and artwork to maintain the naval theme—we like to think these bags look like the ones the sailors might have personalized for themselves.
If you love our Vintage Archive Collection, and want something truly one-of-a-kind… then we have a treat for you! We made two (the only 2 in the world!) of our bags using authentic vintage military duffles. These rugged bags feature unique stamps (probably identification of who once carried it), rich leather trim and custom hardware. Great for everyday use or display, choose from our one-of-a-kind tote or doctor’s bag. Get one quick before they’re gone!