Development of the Waxed Canvas and Leather Field Bag

Well, I’m now 39 weeks pregnant and baby doesn’t want to come out yet, so I thought I would update the blog. This past summer, other than making stock for Fall/Winter, I also got the Field Bags done…finally.

The Field Bags are now in the shop, but there is just a limited number in stock.  It took me about a year to design this bag and get it to the point where I’m happy about the final product. Here’s the development of this bag in 3 phases.

I designed this bag initially upon the request of my husband. He’s an avid photographer and wanted me to make him a small to medium sized bag where he can put his camera, iPad and personal belongings into. I also felt that there is a limited choice out there for a masculine looking bag for men to put their effects. I see these small little cross-body bags that sometimes guys carry and they do not look masculine at all. My goal, though, was also to make it look unisex, so women can also wear it.

PHASE 1: The 1st prototype, as shown below, was made about a year ago. My husband put it through the test and did like it, but he found that it was too small and I wasn’t happy about the way the closure worked.


Phase 2:  Six months later, I made a second bag. Now this one was getting closer to what I wanted. Again my husband, Christian, took it and used it for a few months. He liked this one more. It was bigger and met most of his needs. Two things he wanted improved was that he wanted it wider (depth wise) and a different closure. This adjustable buckle closure was a bit cumbersome.



Phase 3: Well, after a year this is the final product. Christian tested it, likes it and I’m so happy with it. I think the size is really good for gadgets and other personal belongings. Not too big and not too small. A great bag to take with you everyday.  Size: 14″W x 10″H x 3″D

As I said before, I was only able to make a limited number of these bags because I’m so pregnant and must stop production for now. I love these two colours; charcoal grey and midnight blue. I haven’t made anything in the midnight blue until now. It’s like a deep, rich navy blue. Really nice. I do plan on offering it in dark brown when I get back to the studio, a few months from now. For now, these 2 colours are in the shop. I hope you like them.





Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

September 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

Hi Cat,

I saw this bag at Annex on Main St. last Feb. If that bag is same as your field bag I’d like to buy it. Let me know.



September 10, 2014 at 3:54 am
– In reply to: Yuki

Hi Yuki,

I haven’t sold to Annex before. I’ve seen an Archival bag there before. It might be the one you’re referring to. However, that one uses a webbing strap, whereas my field bags use leather.

I hope that helps,


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