Our Portland friend, Patrick Long, makes a terrific tote under the badge Chester Wallace . We ordered a few Chester Wallace bags for our web shop in my favorite summer nautical color combination: navy and yellow (for a knitwear example, see these SNS Herning sweaters for Comme des Garcons).
I love how the Chester Wallace tote becomes a template for experiments in color and fabric. Every time I see a new color variation or fabric test, I think: this the best one yet. For most of his stock bags, Patrick makes use of the same waxwear waxed cotton fabric Archival Clothing uses for our musettes, totes and rucksacks. However, Patrick is playing w/ textiles like Schoeller, Ventile and a stunning, heat sealable, polyurethane fabric used for emergency aircraft slides called Uretek.
The Chester Wallace tote comes with both nylon carry-handle and a detachable shoulder strap. Patrick has equipped the bag with a small external pocket and two internal pockets. All Chester Wallace totes have reinforced seams and come with a heavy duty reinforced nylon bottom–one of the bag’s principal visual signatures. The totes are sewn in Portland, Oregon.
Addendum: By day, Patrick works as an accomplished freelance illustrator. In an email, he mentioned that he was busy working on an animated fish for a cat food commercial. Here’s another example of his work — a holiday poster for the Oregon Lottery: