Re-Crafted Classic Lightweight Canvas Bags from J.W. Hulme Company

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New line of canvas bags is styled after vintage bags that people prefer to repair rather than replace. After a few years of repairing bags that J.W. Hulme made 35 years ago because their owners did not want to part with them, it occurred to the company to bring the materials and structure of those bags back for some of the most popular current products.

Canvas Duffle Bag in the Sporting Originals Collection.

J.W. Hulme Company has just launched the new Sporting Originals Collection of durable canvas bags based on bags originally manufactured by J.W. Hulme Company for sporting outfitter Gokey 35 years ago. The bags are lightweight, but rugged, constructed of water resistant materials with genuine leather trim and matte nickel hardware.

"Prompted by the hundreds of customers who told us how they dearly love these bags and how well they've endured, we decided to undertake the challenge of re-crafting these classics. We knew that we had our work cut out for us; finding the exact fabric, reproducing the trim, perfecting the finish of the hardware. Like restoring an old car, our attention to craftsmanship and attention to detail is the art," explains Jen Guarino, President.

Each Sporting Originals bag is available in "traveled" and "untraveled". J.W. Hulme company found the perfect process for stone-washing the bags, to give them the exact look of the vintage bags they have been servicing; side-by-side they are hard to distinguish from one another. If the customer prefers to break them in their own way, with their own travels, the bags are offered looking crisp and new! This is the "untraveled" look.

The initial collection includes a briefcase, carry on travel case, two sizes of duffle bags and a field messenger bag. Initial products are scheduled to ship June 30th, 2010. Products may be preordered from the company catalog or website.

J. W. Hulme Company was founded in 1905 making canvas tents and awning for the military. After WWII they transitioned by using their expertise to craft canvas sporting bags. Decades later, they began manufacturing a line of sporting bags sold under the Gokey and Orvis brands. In 1996 the company dedicated itself to preserving and broadening the luggage collection by designing, producing and branding the line under the J. W. Hulme Company name. Products are sold to devoted customers through retail outlets, the catalog and the company's website. Each year has seen new innovations in design and materials while making a statement of traditional elegance.

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