WAXED CONE MILLS DENIM
What makes this particular version stand out is the top cinch is made from Cone Mills Denim that has been waxed. This is truly a unique fabric that combines one of the world’s most respected denims, with one of the most interesting fabric treatments.
NOTE: Although it is waxed, the indigo does transfer especially to light colored clothing, paper, etc. If that is an issue, this is not a bag for you.
The main body is weather-resistant canvas, as are the handles. We’ve added a grommet/tether detail similar to that found on our Brimfield Bag, which is useful for finding keys that get lost in the bottom of your bag. Bottom is waxed canvas.
The interior hardware is solid Brass and the hand-hammered rivets are Copper.
Truly gets better with age, as most things worth holding onto should.
Cinch Tote. Linen/Natural Wax - Sun Relief - Slate/Waxed Indigo.
MARCH 2013 - LIMITED EDITION
The concept for this Limited Edition is the result of a longing for brighter days. Although we really enjoy Winter, it seems that this year in New England we’ve seen far more dark & dreary days than usual. The liner fabric is so bright and warm that we had to use it for a little ocular rejuvenation.
Available in our shop - http://layerxlayer.com/shop
We’ve been working on an updated version of our Utility Tote for a few months now. The overall essence has remained the same, while we’ve made subtle refinements and added some new details. As with the original, utility is still the top priority.
The main body is waxed canvas. The handles are either waxed or denim depending on each particular color. We’ve added a grommet/tether detail found on our Brimfield Bag. Useful for finding keys that get lost in the bottom of your bag.
Most notable is the adjustable leather shoulder strap. This leather is of a very high quality and quite thick - probably a bit more so than required for a simple shoulder strap. But we always aim to use the highest quality materials, so it is not excessive in our minds. Keep in mind this leather is of a higher quality than the average belt.
All the rivets are hand-hammered copper or brass depending on color. Again, keeping with the idea of utility these were the best choice. We tend to shy away from these rivets normally as they are a bit overused in some fashion/bag circles but they seem to fit in this application.
The interior seams are all taped with either waxed or denim tape. We don’t buy these - each must be made in our studio.
Another detail we’re fairly proud of is the zipper construction which also has taped seams. If you have any bags with zippers take a close look at the construction - all too often the zipper tape (the colored fabric part of the actual zipper) is sewn to the fabric without any type of overlock stitch or edge tape, leaving it to fray and generally look like garbage. Not with our bags.
We have removed the color from our current crop of products so you can clearly see the underlying ‘design’ and not get caught up in superficial things like color and pattern. For shops that want something that every other shop doesn’t have, and for customers that want to see what design actually looks like.
Our goal is to make the best products, not the most products. This is why we carefully choose which shops we work with. That said, this “blank canvas” presentation is meant to show a prospective shop where we begin when thinking about a custom version of a particular product for their shop.
This is a small idea but part of a much larger attempt to accurately present our work in honest terms. That which is considered to be our “work” and our “life” have always been interconnected if not completely indistinguishable from one another. Hopefully that comes across.
How many ‘products’ do you know of that still have ‘something’ when all the surface is whitewashed?
Utility Rack - No.1
Long before Leah and I started designing & making bags, both of us were primarily working with more solid materials. For me it was primarily wood and metal, and for Leah it was a bit of wood but mostly ceramics.
Skipping ahead, we never design things for the “hell of it” - our process is always driven by needs we have in our own lives. The first version of this rack that we made for ourselves was quite crude compared to the final version now for sale in our shop.
This rack is simple, and it should be. It’s meant to be a functional piece. It’s not about being flashy and calling attention to itself. It is the result of a long iterative process. Maybe we spent more time on it then needed, but for us the process is as important if not more than the final outcome.
Made out of 100% USA grown Poplar. There is no metal in the rack other than the brass screws used to attach it to a wall. The bandana/scarf hanger was turned by me on our lathe to give it a slight taper on each end. Available with an OSMO finish.
3 COATS/BAGS - 2 KEYRINGS - 1 BANDANA/SCARF HANGER
When we started LAYERXLAYER, furniture was one of our top priorities. We were living in Brooklyn and then Westchester NY for the last 4 years while our woodshop was in CT. Now that we’re back in CT we’ve been able to finally begin working on these long-shelved furniture projects.
This rack is a start.