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Handy Zip Musettes Now Available

July 14th, 2019

Ordering instructions for Handy bag

Hi friends,

Thank your patience and support of our new project, Handy Bag!

We’re happy to report that a very limited batch of 50 Handy Zip Musettes are now available to order. 

Zip Musette ingredients:

  • 18oz Cotton Canvas Duck
  • Deadstock US Army Cotton Web
  • Sturdy Nickel Hardware
  • Made in Oregon, USA
  • Price: $98.00 + shipping (free local pick up)

Sewn in Springfield, Oregon, the Handy Zip Musette is a simple, sturdy shoulder bag made from heavy duty canvas duck. Originally designed for cyclists, it works equally well for travelers, campers and commuters. 

Here’s what we have in stock:

  • Gray canvas duck w/olive web strap
  • Navy canvas duck w/olive web strap
  • Olive canvas duck w/olive web strap
  • Price: Price:  $98 + shipping (no international orders)

Ordering instructions:

  • Email thbonamici@gmail.com with your desired bag color & quantity.
  • Tom will send you order confirmation and a PayPal invoice

Note: the zippers on these bags are super heavy duty. In the first week of use, you will need to work them back and forth to ease use. They will improve with age. 

Thanks!,

Tom and LesliP.S. Tom and I are doing our best to estimate demand. However, this is our first batch of Handy bags and we may sell out early for a particular color. Once we sell out the first batch, we will assess demand and prep a new order.

Handy Bag is coming in July!

July 4th, 2019

Handy Bag will release its first cycling-type musette in July.

Our first Handy bag batch is in production at T & J Custom Sewing in Springfield, Oregon.

Our first model will be the Handy Musette, a simple, functional, cycling-type shoulder bag made from canvas duck, sturdy hardware and cotton webbing.

How do you buy a bag?

We will be holding a pop up show in Eugene, Oregon, at The Barnlight, on Friday, July 12. 

We will also send out an email notice w/online ordering instructions for those who are not located locally.

If you would like to order a bag or be notified when the bags are ready for sale, email me to be added to the mailing list (archivalblogger@gmail.com).

You can also follow us on my Archival Instagram account for more updates and production shots.

Terry Shuck sewing our first run of Handy Musettes

Follow us on my Archival Instagram account for more updates and production shots.

Announcing Handy Bag

April 4th, 2019

Since Archival closed, Tom and I have been meeting for pizza and plotting a new bag brand. We love bags and still think the world is missing a few models.

Our latest project is called Handy Bag (or Handy for short).

We’re keeping things simple, functional, affordable and durable.

In May, we will be releasing one bag, a zip top musette, in two colorways: olive and gray.

Our ingredient list will look familiar to Archival Clothing fans: canvas duck, metal hardware/rivets and zippers, and cotton webbing.

This time, we’re sourcing materials that are easier to buy in smaller quantities and lend themselves to repurposing across multiple models. Look for bags made of dry finish canvas duck in a narrower range of colors and metal hardware in nickel rather than brass.

As with Archival, Handy bags will be sewn in Springfield, Oregon, by a top quality shop that specializing in heavy duty product offerings for the bike industry (Terry Shuck, the owner, used to work for Burley design).

Where will you find Handy?

Tom and I kicked around the idea of managing everything by mail order ala Zo bags.

Zo Bike Messenger bags
Mail order inspiration: Zo Bag order form from the 1990s

Instead, we’re collecting emails and planning to send out an announcement once the first bags are ready for sale (most likely in early May). We will also keep followers updated on our assorted social channels.

For the time being, we are keeping everything small scale and fun. In the end, we’re making bags that our missing from our own collections. Reversing a popular U/X mantra: we are our end users (and very best customers).

We will also be hosting a pop up show in Eugene, Oregon, in May (details TBD).

Email me (archivalblogger@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Also, if you want to stay posted on our project, keep an eye on the Archival blog and follow us on Instagram @tombonamici @gridwax @archivalclothing


Tom selecting canvas duck for our first production run
Tom selecting canvas duck for our first production run



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