Minimalist Backpack

I’m working on a new backpack design. I finished up the prototype a few days ago.  I have a few changes to make and hope to have one or two with me at next weekend’s SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium at Pier 35.  They should make it into the shop by early to mid-December.

The backpack is sleek and simple with a lined zipper pocket on the outside front.  The flap closure is secured by two side release buckles.  The main compartment is unlined. The bag is big enough for a 13″ laptop.

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Sporty Vegan Bags

I’ve been working on a new batch of bags just in time for Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason Center on July 18 & 19.

Sporty vegan bag in black and blue

Sporty vegan bag in black and blue

Here’s the low down:

The bags are made of nylon pack cloth, so they are lightweight, water resistant and sturdy.  The interior and pocket linings feature a recycled nylon fabric made entirely from post-consumer materials.

Interior zipper pocket

Interior zipper pocket

There are two zippered pockets – one on the flap for easy access without having to open the bag and one interior lining pocket.  The adjustable strap can be worn crossbody or over one shoulder.

Magnetic snap closure

Magnetic snap closure

The flap closes with a magnetic snap.  Flap fronts come in solids and stripes.  As an added bonus, the small pieces that make up the stripes give me a way to use scrap pieces of fabric left over from other projects.

Flap fronts in progress

Flap fronts in progress

There are two sizes.  The small version is approximately 7″ X 10″ X 1.5″.  The standard version version is approximately 9″ X 12″ X 3″.

Come see them (and me!) in person July 18 & 19 at the Renegade Craft Fair.  The .retool. booth will be in the Herbst Pavilion.

Glenn’s Bag

Last week I wrote about the bag I made as a holiday gift for my friend, Pam.  This week I’m back with details on the bag I made for Pam’s husband, Glenn.

Glenn wanted a messenger bag around 12″ x 12″ x 4″ with two 5-6″ interior slip pockets and one exterior zippered pocket.

 

The body of the bag is made of 1000D Cordura® nylon.  The print used for the flap is cotton.  It reminds me of brushstrokes, which is especially cool since Glenn is a painter. DSC_0003
The flap pocket is lined with nylon made from recycled plastic bottles.  DSC_0005
As requested, the inside has two slip pockets to help keep things organized.  DSC_0006
 The flap closes with a side release buckle.  DSC_0004

I was pleased with how the bag turned out. I decided to make a few tweaks to the design and add it to the shop. More on that later!

Pam’s Bag

Late last year I was making a lot of wallets in preparation for a couple of holiday shows as well as stocking the online shop and local shops that carry .retool. products.  I decided I needed a break, so I got in touch with my friend Pam and offered to make her and her husband Glenn each a bag as a gift.

I suggested a new design I was testing out, but she threw me a curve.  For her bag, she countered with a list of features that bore little resemblance to my initial offer. This gave me the opportunity to try something different that I would not have come up with on my own.  It also sparked some ideas for some new designs, so it was well worth it!

Pam wanted something similar to this toiletry case I made for her a couple of years ago. She loved the size, but wanted some more depth, instead of a flat pouch. She wanted a black print, a 1 inch strap, and an interior pocket. So, basically she wanted something more purse-like. boris-pouch

 

Here’s what I came up with:

Pam’s a cat person, so I decided on this adorable CoCoLand print from Kokka.  I moved the zipper to the top of the bag.  The bag is about 1 and half inches deep. pam's-bag-front
Back view.  The 1 inch wide strap is adjustable and clips on to the bag. pam's bag-back
The grey lining is made from recycled plastic bottles.  My favorite part is the lining of the interior pocket. Pam's-bag-interior

I’ll write more about Glenn’s bag next time.

Vegan ‘Likes’ – Clothing & Shoes, Part I

As design geeks and art lovers Jacob and I value clean lines and simple but well-made items. This carries over into our aesthetic tastes for the items we produce for .retool. and also into our personal tastes for vegan items.

Below are some of my current favorite items from vegan-run clothiers & shoe designers. (I wish I could say haberdashers will be included, but I don’t often wear hats.) I’ve marked vegan-owned companies with a (V). There are some honorable mention slots for environmentally/eco focused companies and one or two from major companies that have a particular item that’s vegan. ‘Wish list’ level fare and more budget conscious ones will be interspersed throughout this multi-part roundup. Have fun looking at pretty things!

Clothing

Vaute Couture – Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (V)

Wax cotton pea coat

T-shirt (bonus cute puppy in pic)

T-shirt (puppyless pic) but still a nice shirt

Nau – Portland, OR (Sustainable & Philanthropy)

Oooh, selvage denim. (Ooh hoping for a sale at some point)

Denim jacket

A good wind shirt can go a long way in the land of fog (a.k.a. San Francisco)

Courier wind shirt

Shoes

Good Guys – Paris, France (V)

I have a crush on their derby style shoes.

‘Aponi’ in navy

My current favorite – Black vegan suede & leather

‘Dean’ in vegan suede & leather

Brave Gentleman – New York, NY (V)

I own a pair of ‘Defender’ boots and love them. When I bought them two years ago Joshua Catcher was in MooShoes (man, I miss MooShoes) but I didn’t want to harrass him by saying hello. If you like patent ‘leather’ you’ll like the upcoming 2014-2015 line.

‘Worker’ in tan

Saucony

Only two of their lines are absolutely vegan. The Bullet, below and the Jazz Low Pro. I’ve been fooled before! These are clearly labeled on their website as vegan though and have been verified by a number of folks on the interwebs by talking to sales reps.

Bullet

To be continued…

Jamye

Getting ready for a show! – Urban Air Market, Dogpatch (Aug. 17)

Urban Air Market is in Dogpatch (Esprit Park) on Sunday in SF and that means that there’s been an additional buzz of excitement chez .retool. We’re excited to present a few new items, some of which are pictured here to whet your appetite! UAM focuses on sustainable design, which we really appreciate. We’ll be participating in their Lower Haight show on October 11!

As much as we love creating and presenting new items that we hope you’d like to make your very own, we are equally engaged in an evergreen process of making our booth and tables an inviting and visually appealing place for you to peruse our wares. 

So come by and check us out! (Booth #37, on 19th St, near Indiana) Sunday Aug 17,  Minnesota Free to attend.

P.S. You can find UAM here: Urban Air Market, Twitter: @urbanairmarket