Tell us about your business.We started off making a simple bag for our 2 year old son to carry his dirty trucks in, primarily because we were tired of having to dump out the dirt from the bottom of our bags daily. We got a really nice response to the design and started making an adult version. As we continue to fulfill orders our bags have evolved and become our favorite everyday carry. Every pack is made by our little husband and wife team in Philadelphia using Martexin waxed canvas. Our packs are no-frills bags; no lining, no pockets, more akin to a duffle. As we continue to develop our business we look forward to adding new designs and some amazing collaborations with some great companies.
What makes your business stand out?We understand the value in having quality made goods available for the whole family. We use the same quality materials for everyone, kids and adults alike.
What's the best business advice you've received?"Don't underestimate how much you, and your product, are worth." When designing our bags, we decided to build the bag that we wanted first and figure out the price later. This ended up being a useful strategy, since we found that a lot of people value a well-made product and are willing to invest their money in something that they know will last.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.