Early in the Maker season. Happy birthday Choxley

Its full on making here at Choxley. We have a planed this year to be the best year ever.  This is Choxley’s forth year producing here in Columbus Ohio. Thank you for everyone your your love of the Choxley sprit.

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Work is moving along nicely for up comeing shows

Working and getting ready for the 2015 flea/show season. Making new types of bags and making the ones Choxley is known for. We are moving in to different fabrics and styles, and this year we are going out of the save zone with a bicycle bag. The Choxley cycle bag will fit in your average bicycle and then go over tour shoulder when off your bicycle.

Below ow are some of the completed be pre-photo shoot.

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As Winter rises, get ahead of spring and jump in to Choxley.

As the winter rises, get ahead of spring and jump in to Choxley.

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We are working on spring are I type, there will be a lot of things that we are extending in to 2015 and a few that the products where just not ready.

We are slowly moving all the  inventory over to Esty. And we will also be previewing some of the 2015 products and inventory.

This is a great time of year for us, as we have time to explore what people need. We can have the time to fully design with paper, pen and other tools. Also we can evaluate what we have done in the past. It’s also the time of year we reach out to other creatives to foster exchange of ideals and to form collaborative projects.

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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Working On new bags – Massager Bags –

Working On new bags – Massager Bags

These where popular at the Flea, so by demand I make more.

Made with 20yr old Army duffel bags which is soft to the touch and rustic drab olive in color. We combined this Amy canvas with reused leather in two colors. We will have about 3 in different styles this weekend.

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Showing new Apron Totes at The Well Appointed Home, Ltd

Showing new Aprien Totes at The Well Appointed Home, Ltd

The great team at TWAH, where happy to stock Choxley in there Wonderful store.

3035 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202

(614) 649-8670
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Some examples of the apron totes

Theses totes are made of Vintage work apron and salvaged edge Japanese denim, which was a dead stock it was transformed into a perfect every day tote bag.

The Outside- The material is salvaged edge Japanese denim, which is industrial woven. Vintage apron cut in half, apron pocket on one side and large pocket behind upper apron.

In the Inside- Fully lined with white and blue striped duck cotton canvas, this medium bag can easily hold everything you need during the day. One large inner pocket can comfortably fit a wallet, ipod, phone, etc.

Shoulder straps made from soft, 8oz brown cowhide.

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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