So, having this blog has introduced me to lots of cool new folk and I'm really grateful about that. One such fellow is Garrett Kautz, a bag maker who operates Strawfoot Handmade. Garrett has been experimenting and crafting handy totes from his small Santa Cruz studio for a couple years now. Using a heavy duty single-needle machine, regionally sourced materials, and smart details like hand-hammered rivets, Garrett creates some clean, classic designs.
I'd been admiring the work coming from his studio for a little while, so when an opportunity came open, I jumped at the chance to have him make me something cool. I'd seen that he had previously created a great roll-top lunch bag, so I wondered if he could modify that idea a bit as a small camera bag - something that would protect a camera and maybe some film when I'm traveling. After listening to my request, he really came up with something perfect – from the thorn-proof waxed canvas, right down to the vintage wool lining. He even included a vintage seed bag to wrap a lens or carry some film. Great work, Garrett. Check out his work at strawfoothandmade.com