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Archival Update: Steele Totes Available

Posted on: August 3rd, 2010 by Lesli Larson

Steele Canvas Basket Co. tote in #4 (24 oz) army duck

We just received our first shipment of Steele Canvas Basket Co. totes. While stock Steele totes are made from #6 (21 oz.) duck, ours will be produced in natural, untreated, stand up stout, #4 (24 oz.) canvas duck. We’re adding a simple internal pocket, 2″ U.S. stencil and requesting an 8″ handle length. Dimensions: 17″ L x 10″ W x 17″ D.

Available here.

Also, Steele sent us the first sample of our square bottomed janitor’s bag. The bag is based on a vintage catalog image from the Steele Canvas Basket Co. archives. We’ve tweaked dimensions, added longer handles and specified that the bag be made in #4 army duck. Let us know what you think.

Steele Canvas Basket Co. janitor’s tote (aka laundry bag).


  1. Reference Library on

    Wanna trade for a black one? 🙂

    I prefer the “U.S.” stencil to the “US” version on the janitor’s bag.

    Both bags look great.

  2. Lesli Larson on

    Good catch on the “U.S.” stencil. Should duplicate each other. What about a more vintage stencil for the janitor’s bag (if they can find one for me that prints evenly)?

    Do you still have inventory of your black Steele totes??

  3. Anonymous on

    How about no stencil

  4. Lesli Larson on


    I really like the visual detailing of the stencils. Connects product to a specific historical manufacturing tradition (brinks bags by Steele) and breaks up the vast plain of army duck.


  5. Reference Library on

    If you can get them to dig up that vintage “The Steele Basket” stencil you posted on flickr… that’s the winner.

    I do still have a couple black ones on in the stock pile.

  6. Lesli Larson on


    You’re a savant! That’s the plan.

  7. AP on

    Think the janitor’s bag will be available by October? I have a big flea market to go to and I think the bag would be great.

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