The Steele Canvas Tote is perfect for your large capacity toting needs. We use them regularly for toting lightweight, bulkier items around the house and away. Steele Canvas Totes are constructed from stout #4 natural canvas duck, un-dyed to ensure maximum fabric strength. Stiff edges and a boxed bottom enable the tote to stand upright and open for easy loading and unloading. Two reinforced 5″ handles. Our version of the Tall Tote features The Steele Basket original stencil which was recreated for Archival from archival illustrations. We also added a U.S. stencil on back to identify the bag’s manufacturing origin. To order, visit the AC Web shop.
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Our friend Patrick Long designed his Chester Wallace tote with all the features of a great bag: a six-pack fits in the bottom, you can carry it with the removable shoulder strap or by the tote handles, and there are enough pockets of all sizes to keep everyone happy.
Our current, custom Chester Wallace Tote offerings come in two fabrics: dry finish cotton duck and waxed cotton canvas. Quality materials ensure that your bag is bound to last a lifetime. Features include a waterproof bottom, nylon webbing, and nickel hardware.
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For summer, we introduce our new waterproof bottom Archival x Steele Canvas Tote which is perfect for your larger capacity toting needs. It’s our favorite bag for carrying essentials to and from the beach or neighborhood swimming pool.
Steele Canvas Totes are constructed from extra-stout #4 natural canvas duck, undyed to ensure maximum fabric strength. A double bottom in waterproof truck tarp ensures you can set it down in challenging conditions. The structure provided by the rectangular and boxy base of the Tote maximizes its load capacity. Really nice, stiff edges enable the Archival Steele Canvas Tote to stand upright and open for easy loading and unloading. Two reinforced 8″ handles and a practical internal pocket round out the design.
17 x 17 x 10
Made in USA
Our original Archival report on the venerable Steele Canvas Basket company in Chelsea, MA.
For December, we’re adding a new Chester Wallace tote the AC web shop. The colorway is evergreen and navy with a flash of yellow. Body and base are made from #10, vat dyed, government spec’d waxed cotton. While I had originally requested a green and black combination, Patrick, the bag’s designer, suggested olive with a navy base. In his words, “the green was more with the navy than with black in an Albers way“.
We’re also adding replacement Chester Wallace straps to the AC web shop so you can mix and match colorways at home.
Here are excerpts from my favorite vintage Abercrombie and Fitch catalog from 1939. During this era, Abercromie & Fitch field jackets and outdoor clothing showed a tailored, British influence. Many of the garments came in dress fabrics like high count cotton poplin or wool gabardine. The catalog contains sections for both men and women. While identified as a high end outdoor clothier, A & F offered practical, stylish clothing that could be worn at camp or for home chores. Many of the garments, especially the denim outfits, could easily be adapted for modern wear.
Should you wish to make a purchase, I’ve reprinted the original order form which should be mailed to the Madison Avenue address post dated 1939.
Last year, we asked the Steele Canvas Basket Company to reissue a square bottom janitor’s tote that we found in an old Steele catalog. We made some minor tweaks to the design, specifying extra heavy duty #4 canvas duck and opting for longer, 6″ handles. Working with Steele, we also brought back the original Steele stencil. In addition to laundry (the bag fits an entire comforter), we’ve been using ours to schlep packages to Fed Ex and the post office. We’ve also found the tote convenient for transporting small children. Here are some updated photos of the bag in action.
Archival Clothing proudly sells Chester Wallace totes by friend and fellow Oregonian, Patrick Long. This Spring, we asked Patrick to make up two special bags for Archival: a “wash me” and a “wax me” model. The wash me tote is made from unwaxed, natural canvas duck and utilizes Archival’s own best quality, UK made, military spec cotton webbing (the same webbing we use for our AC belt). The wax me tote is an all waxed cotton variation on the traditional Chester Wallace tote. We’ve replaced the acrylic-coated woven polyester bottom with waxed cotton canvas from Fairfield Textiles.
The natural canvas duck Chester Wallace tote [above] is made with Archival Clothing’s own military spec, all cotton webbing. This is bag style is washable.
Our second Chester Wallace tote is made from stout, closely woven, all wax cotton canvas fabric. The limited edition classic red fabric, referred to as “old glory” by Fairfield textiles, our supplier, is the same that we use for our AC plain musette. Inventory for this fabric has been exhausted.
This week, Archival Clothing is releasing a newly revised tote based on collective feedback from our customers and retailers. We’ve been asked to offer a short handled version of our tote for people who prefer to carry the bag in hand. The tote is now available in two strap lengths: 12″ long with 1.5″ webbing and 6″ long with 1″ webbing.
Tote dimensions are 14” x 14” x 4” – perfect for your every day toting needs.
Here are some other project updates from Archival: