Since discovering Artifact Bag Co. late last year, I have quietly championed their work to friends and family in need of beautiful, yet solid carry goods. The label has a diverse collection from vibrantly colored personal effects bags to full on briefcases and totes – all hand crafted from high quality, domestically produced canvas and bridle leathers.
Perhaps it appeals to the sensibilities and circumstance of a fellow maker such as myself, but I am particularly inspired by the story behind the label. Several years ago, Artifact Bag Co. founder Chris Hughes lost his job to the recession, landing in a cubicle working a menial position for little pay. Yet in early 2010, he found a vintage commercial sewing machine on Craig’s List and began making bags, aprons, etc. Initially working in his basement, he left his job before the year was out to run Artifact Bag Co. full time.
A key fob can be an extremely personal thing. Catering to a discerning market, Truman Handcrafted recently released a set of key rings which offer interchangeable clasps depending on user preference. You can either go with a spring gate ring clasp, a swivel head head spring clasp, or you can do it the right way and get both to suit whatever mood you find yourself in. (And for the smokers and arsonists out there, you can even purchase a stainless-steel mini lighter to go with it.) The key fob features nickel plated hardware and natural vegetable-tanned leather from PA. Straight and simple. Click on the images below for a closer look.
The vast majority of products at Truman Handcrafted can be characterized as minimal, practical, and beautiful. This recently discontinued cutaway bifold is no exception. Cut from 4-5 oz Wickett & Craig vegetable tanned leather and stitched by hand with waxed linen thread, this wallet is sure to welcome use and abuse with a wonderful patina. Be sure to check out what’s in the works at blog.trumanhandcrafted.com. According to Teppei (the owner) there are new designs in the works for 2012. Judging by the clean lines of yesteryear, I’ll go out on a limb to assume they’re awesome.