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.

Winds of Fall are here – Making reparations for Winter

Now that the flea market/Artist/ Maker show season is over I will be putting Choxley merchandise on Etsy and a few retail shops. We will start next week with Etsy and move on from there.

 

A few things you should expect is more chevron, Boy Scout backpack transformed to men’s attachés and Choxley bags for the bicycles. These are some of the things that have had the most impact. We have received a lot of love about the chevron bags from a wide range of shoppers. The Choxley men’s attaché’s jumping off the racks at the last show and people kept asking for them after they were all gone. We have been happy with the diversifying of the Choxley over this last year, so we are moving to include more bags made for bicycles.

 

See you in a week, and never dream alone – Choxley

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Choxleys’ Pre “Columbus Flea” Sale

Because of the requests we are having a Choxley Pre “Columbus Flea” sale

We will be posting a link today about 7pm – That will take You too the sale site
Here is a sample of what will be sold.

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Working full steam

 

Working a lot as of late and building up my stock, with interest in my bags going in a local shop and some Flea’s I hope to be in.

The one of a kind bags starting from simple utilitarian designs such as tote bags to more complex weekend bags has is mirroring the current movement that pertains to high-quality, hand-crafted artisanal goods.

My approach to making each unique bag often starts with her favorite part – sourcing the materials, which often includes trips to estate sales and flea markets. After a thorough washing and cleaning of the materials, We go about deconstructing them to break down the major components into usable pieces. There’s often no absolute blueprint to follow, but rather a general premise to laying out the pieces and where they would be best suited.

Each bag takes approximately two hours and upwards of six hours for more complex variations such as a weekend bag.

Here are some few snapshots a friend took visiting my space.

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Someone has there eye on the sturdy, worn-in canvas salvaged from a beautifully hand painted post Nam era US military duffel bag (documenting the soldiers platoon)

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This year I am numbering my bags on the inside tag –

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And the work continues.

And the work continues, deconstructing the vintage items and breaking them down to a flat useable product.

Then matching up materials and setting up the best combination. Using these vintage, dead stock and reclaimed materials their is always a problem with color variations.

Lining up my own patterns on the used cloth materials and working with each individual cloth. Bringing out each used cloth own story by using the cloths own unique markings, wear, stamps, stains, repairs and patina.

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In this case, here is one of those armed forces bags/canvas artifacts from the Korean war days. With a double reinforced leather bottom/boot. In the background is the start of a 2nd bag from the same original bag