Category Archives: Bags

8 Great Tote Designs From Harvey’s Seatbelt Bags: Made in USA

Harvey’s makes its bags out of excess seat belt material, which not only makes them strong, but gives them an appealing shine. The early bags were pretty basic, but as time has gone on, the designs of their Tote Bags, particularly, have gotten more stylish and sophisticated. Here are a few examples, all of which can be found at this linkHarveysseatbeltHarveysBags2HarveysBags3HarveysBags1HarveysBags6HarveysBags4HarveysBags7HarveysBags9

A Different Kind of Product Launch: Made in USA



Well, folks, the day has come. This is Kathy speaking and I have to tell you, that after writing about so many amazing American products, I wanted really badly to create one of my own.

So I’m working on a line of wool felt handbags that I hope to have on Kickstarter in the Fall.  They are modern, minimalist and Made-in-USA (of course).



I’m hoping to start this business in a different kind of way. What you see here on this post are prototypes – and I want to bring in future customers at this phase. I’m looking for people who love bags and love Made-in-USA products to give me their input throughout the design process. Which designs do you like best? Which colors? Which charities should each bag support with donations

If this is you, please join my mailing list. It won’t be shared with anyone else and you’ll only get email updates from me about twice a month. If you’re not a bag aficionado, can you please do me a favor? Please pass this on to someone who might be interested or give me a mention on social media. Thanks!


14 Designs: Rucksacks & Backpacks: Made-in-USA

Everyone knows a backpack when they see it, but what about a rucksack? The word Rucksack is derived from German and means “back bag.”  So what’s the difference? Usually the rucksack has a bit more heft to it, sometimes with a roll-down top or straps for carrying your sleeping bag.  So, while some of these might look like backpacks, they are defined by their manufacturers as rucksacks.  Is that clear?
Anyway, here’s a nice collection of American-made rucksacks and backpacks that will have you toting your stuff in style.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!The newest addition to our list is the Filson Medium Backpack. Rugged, handsome and made by a long-established American manufacturer, this bag even includes a snap-off pouch you can carry separately.KP4A9827This beautiful leather rucksack by Loyal Stricklin even has a pocket for your axe (not included).

abby-rucksackGuaranteed for life and made in the USA, the canvas and leather rucksack from Duluth Pack is durable and stylish.cache_560_600_0_0_80_topo_designs_rover_pack_navy
Made from a synthetic material called Cordura, the
Topo Designs Rover Pack
 comes in a variety of colors and is made in Colorado.
Megaton_backpackThe Mega-Megaton backpack from Brooklyn Industries is made of Cordura and waxed sailcloth._7258086
Made from cotton twill and bridle leather is this great-looking rucksack by Filson.


This stylish backpack from Yuketen is made of Wool felt and leather.585701_mrp_ou_lIt’s also available in a striped pattern.

UntitledEvery time I see the Goruck name I just envision a tough durable product and this Rucksack is guaranteed for life.

92021-Red-Oxx-Rail-King-Railroad-Rucksack-heroThe Redoxx Rail King generates a great image of riding the rails on some great adventure.

440-rucksackversions150Veteran owned and made in the USA, these canvas rucksacks from Cross Canvas can also be customized.

Minnesota closeupThe Minnesota Special from Alder Stream Canvas is made in Kingfield, Maine.

25B0203This rucksack from Garrett Wade features waxed cotton twill, Horween leather and solid brass hardware.

IMG_0977_1024x1024With a slightly more modern flair,  the Dsptch Ruckpack still offers all the normal and crucial features you need in a pack.

thumbs_802-GreenAcorn-01Made from ballistic nylon and chromexal leather, the Altadena Works rucksack can have pockets easily added to it to expand its carrying capacity.

main-bag-sanctionThis weatherproof rucksack is from Mission Workshop and it comes with a lifetime warranty.
rucksack_slate_websizeFrom Goods of Record comes this beautiful rucksack made by Riegel Goods. It is handmade by Nathan Smith, who is featured in the header photo hard at work.


The Incredible Metal Handbags of Wendy Stevens: Made-in-USA

When Wendy Stevens moved to New York City in the 1980s, she began to notice that sheet metal was everywhere: manhole covers, subway cars, telephone booths and more. This started her on a journey that resulted in some of the most incredible handbag designs made in the USA. Her ability to make stainless steel look both tough and tender is a triumph of design. (Can you tell yet that I REALLY love these bags?)

Take a look at some of her creations, then check out the short video interview below.

Wendy Stevens Bucatini Bag

Wendy Stevens Baltimore Bag
Wendy Stevens Grapevine Bag 
Wendy Stevens London bag 

Wendy Stevens Pinwheel Purse 

Wendy Stevens Pocket for the iPhone
Wendy Stevens Bib bag 

Wendy Stevens Deco bag 
Wendy Stevens Washington bag 

Wendy Stevens el dia bag 

Wendy Stevens Envelope Nuevo 
Wendy Stevens Fiddlehead Fern bag 

Wendy Stevens Lace Clutch
Wendy Stevens La Sera bag 

Wendy Stevens Seed Pod 
Wendy Stevens Shopping Bag

Wendy Stevens Stella bag