Making expertly crafted products for city dwelling outdoor enthusiasts, NYC's own Best Made Co. stands at the forefront of the return to our roots movement. "We operate in NYC," says lead designer Hunter Craighill, "but we focus on the outdoors and the products that get people outside." To further encourage this call to nature, Best Made is launching a new product each week for the forseable future. First up is the all purpose Gear Bag, made entirely in NYC of mostly American-made materials. Like all Best Made products, the sturdy carry all is attractive enough for the city but built for the great outdoors.
"[The bag] represents a direction we're moving in, towards being a more full outfitter with apparel, gear and bags. It's our first bag which we've made from scratch, which is exciting for us," said Craighill. The stiff, three layer construction—heavy waxed cotton canvas outer, impermeable waterproof center and canvas lined interior—gives the bag its rigid form, while a ballistic nylon bottom, brass feet and kevlar handles work together to further its indestructible nature. With one full length exterior pocket and two interior pouch pockets, the all purpose bag features little more than one would need for a weekend away or day on the jobsite.
By using domestically made materials and constructing each piece by hand, Best Made appeals to the conscience consumer looking for something more than just another tote bag. "Part of what we're doing is trying to produce products that are not disposable, not only because they work well but because you care about them," said Craighill.
The Gear Bag is available directly from Best Made online for $240. For more information check their site or if you're in NYC swing by the Best Made workshop friday afternoon's from noon to six for open house.