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These totes, backpacks, messenger bags, and carry-alls are the epitome of modern utilitarian. The gender-neutral pieces are finessed from repurposed materials like vintage sailcloth, WWII army tents, and military-grade truck tarp. Each artisanal piece expresses art director-turned-designer Chris Tag’s devotion to the authentic spirit of manufacturing. After a fellow commuter asked to purchase his handmade bag from him in 2008, Tag realized there was still a market for all-American goods.  

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Defy Manufacturing Company

These totes, backpacks, messenger bags, and carry-alls are the epitome of modern utilitarian. The gender-neutral pieces are finessed from repurposed materials like vintage sailcloth, WWII army tents, and military-grade truck tarp. Each artisanal piece expresses art director-turned-designer Chris Tag’s devotion to the authentic spirit of manufacturing. After a fellow commuter asked to purchase his handmade bag from him in 2008, Tag realized there was still a market for all-American goods.