Winter migration to Etsy – One by one they Go

We are moving the choxley line over to Etsy for the winter and we will be moving a few things over every day. Starting today you will see new things on Etsy every day this week and next.

For the holydays we are upgrading the packaging with extra care. Any product will come in its own dust bag with Choxley Branding and random extra goodies with all orders.

First up is going to be a tote I initially showed at my OHC Show, The Chevron Tote. The tote is like good pair of kakis, you can use it dressed up or down. This tote is made from 15oz canvas and heavy chevron denim. This may be why they were being picked so up quickly.

Made in Columbus Ohio, Choxley

 

The adventures of choxley

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Talking to a client/friend about the whole “Maker/ Slow craft movement” and the position Choxley resides within the movement. So I decided to post some of the discussion.

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Here at Choxley we strive to be true makers, we make things with their hands, and one at a time.

True makers’ goods are born of resourcefulness, skill and a dedication-to-work that is fast becoming endangered in this world. These are the artists who still put their minds and hearts to their hands—thoughtfully crafting products of quality and beauty.

We here At Choxley are hunters of well-worn historic fabrics and hardware throughout Columbus and Ohio. Choxley constructs durable, one-of-a-kind tote bags, using almost exclusively found and salvaged textiles. The bags feature materials such as quality cowhide, denim and cotton duck canvas—many with original military or lumber co. screen prints. The bags are reinforced with authentic hardware in polished nickel or antique brass finish.

Choxley creations are made in Columbus from a regionally resource, in direct rebellion to the mass-produced and poor-quality products we see all too frequently being marketed as high end.

Choxleys’ passion is the repurposing of one-of-a-kind tote bags that we create for the Choxley brand using old, salvaged military fabrics. The ultimate find is an old Navy duffle bag that the sailor had hand painted with pictures of pinup girls or the places they have been. We can make it into a tote that is a snap shot of history and the life of a person at that time. The maker/crafter movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. Makers/Crafters tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, renewed old American craftsmanship, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise.

In the UP coming year we will be reaching out to other makers for collaboration’s, social events and pop-up store team-ups. With a group of makers/people we hope to grow a clothing, accessories, and home goods group. We will share more about this after the first of the year, after all the gearing up for the holidays is over.

New Troop Choxley Bags

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New Troop Choxley Bags

We are so excited about the these bag that we had to show a prevue. The attaché is not completed yet just a few more add-ons.

This week we releasing remade Boy Scout backpacks thoughtfully turned in to attaché cases. We are expecting there will be 4 in all. The bags from what I can tell are from the 60s – 70s so the thick canvas has a great aged patina. Each bag will vintage boy scout patches from the 50s -60s

Fully lined with rust-red cotton duck canvas, this large bag can easily hold everything you need for your work day or for traveling. Two large inner pockets as well as two outer pocket can comfortably fit a wallet, ipod, phone, etc.

Thank you, and you can see the before photos below.

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