Since creating Refueled, the best part has been meeting and getting to know other creatives not only from right here in the great US of A, but from around the world. One of those is Manabu Okada from Saitama, Japan, founder of Southern Field Industries, a small company that specializes in handmade canvas products. Manabu recently sent Refueled one of their waxed totes to road test.
I took it along on a recent trip to New York and really dug it. The khaki and tan tote is completely handmade of Japanese waxed canvas and vegetable tanned cow leather. The canvas is the most lightweight, driest waxed fabric I've felt. Lined with #9 cotton canvas, giving it more rigidity. Inside are two pockets, perfectly sized for my necessities - phone, note pads, bandanas, etc. I really like the leather-backed handset brass rivets that attach the straps. Just one of the great details to this bag.
Check out the various colors, along with their amazing rucksacks.
Top photo by Gustav Schmiege.