13 Feb
Austrian military truck tarps, tractor innertubes & vintage WWII canvases used to craft unique bag collection

When first introduced to Defy Bags we knew we were onto something special. Chris Tag, founder and mastermind behind the hand-crafted Chicago-based leather goods company, grew up in an industrial auto manufacturing town which fostered his appreciation for hard work and craftsmanship. Since launching his brand in 2008, Tag has crafted each product from mostly vintage or reclaimed durable goods — sourcing rare vintage materials like military truck tarps from the Austrian army, farm tractor innertubes, vintage WWII canvases, military wool and shell cordovan leather. He then finishes the bags off with imported solid steel Austri Alpin Cobra buckles from Switzerland — the highest-end Alpine equipment available. The sturdy craftsmanship, unique materials and costly professional grade hardware ensure that each bag is a true one-of-a-kind item, worthy of the boardroom or the trenches. Included in his series of quality leather goods are a collection of five messenger and three tote bags, and a slew of nicely designed accessories. If you’re intrigued by the goods, head on over to their shop to check out your options.

Defy Bags – “Old Materials. New Ideas.” from Jerry Rig on Vimeo.

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