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The Grand Catchall aka windbag

 

The Grand Catchall is as light as a feather but meant to weather carryall.  Such are the unique qualities of sailcloth.  A laundry list of uses over and above the obvious superlative beach bag are storage for:  laundry, linens, towels, toys and even a log carrier in off season, an off to college and back home again with one's laundry weekender bag, an essential car carryall..... and I can go on and on and on as I am wont to do.  So much so that retailer Klaus by Nienkamper refers to the bag as the WINDBAG!  Please note unique closure detail of white rubber bathtub plug.  You never know when one might come in handy.

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Remembering our sales agent Shelly Renfrew

 

 

Shelley Renfrew was our BBB salesrep for Western Canada and California.  Cancer sadly took her life this year.  A fond memory I have of Shelley and friend (also salesrep) Sandra Todd was our drive together in a horrible thunderstorm at night to my home on Lake Erie in late Oct 2001 enroute to yet another BBB tradeshow. Shelley and Sandra continued on to nyc to the lahdedah Coterie show .  'Queen' Charlotte, in her newly-just-married pomp aura, would follow a day later after the work of setting up the display was complete by them.  Our display exhibit did not arrive.  The show opened.  Shelley and Sandra had one Brave Brown Bag between them for display, a borrowed crate and their charming personalities.  They never batted an eyelash; I was beyond a fit apoplectic. We had a great show with great orders.  Shelley always made the best of  life's challenges.  The blue BBB was her favourite colour and a compliment and complementary colour to her forever redhead coiffed hair and spirit.
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Woofing about our Toile de bark...


Trees inspire my Toile de bark textile patterns shown above.  As you may well know Toile de jouy is a the traditional French cotton with patterns depicting all manners of  country  and courtly life made popular  in the 17th century.  www.designsponge.com/.../past-present-toile-de-jouy-modern-toile.html‎.  In particular the beauty of Birch bark is hopefully suggested  and then of course a playful pun on Max, the black lab on our logo…. toile de woof did not sound quite right…  

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The 'greening' of the/our/my rural skyline

 


 

 

On the left the view South... on the right the view North:  the latter shows a row of giant 100' plus poplar trees shot from the farmer's field of lush soybeans looking towards my lakefront home; the trees were planted over 70 years ago by grandparents in a barren field to mark the property line.  Pivot 180 degrees looking North is a 500 ' industrial wind turbine that went up seemingly over night and will remain there for the next 20 years ( along with 400 more, visible over 15 miles away).   This is the/our /my new rural skyline in South Western Ontario, akin to the proliferation of McDonald's arches in a city?  The so called 'greening' of our rural skyline is a good thing?  Or appearances are deceiving?   Segue to the Brave Brown Bag:  this appearance has integrity, we humbly submit -  an improvement on it classic paper ancestor.   Not so sure about that view North….  On Monocle - monocle.com/radio/shows/the-urbanist/ the Canadian architect Moshe Safdie is interviewed about his new Skypark in Singapore. www.designboom.com/architecture/marina-bay-sands-hotel-singapore/A vast 390 metre long park of greenspace  plunked on a highrise rooftop, the 8th wonder of the world, a seeming  improvement of the barren cement that it replaced.   Fast forward 2033 ,perhaps Mr. Safdie will have an imaginative idea for repurposing these 500' fans! 

 


 


 

 

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Thank you Philippe Stark, this bag lasts.....

In a recent movie filmed by DEZEEN, about designer Phillipe Stark's new Organic tap for Axor, Stark advocates the ecology of buying timeless design versus fast fashion.  (http://www.dezeen.com/2013/07/17/timeless-design-is-not-a-cliche-philippe-starck/).   In our age of so called 'sustainable' design, personally I have a problem with the word itself; gets stuck on its own syllables; does not roll off the tongue easily.  Timeless is better and elegant, the best word.  For surely, if a product is designed well, perforce, it goes without saying that it will sustain itself (firecrackers aside).  In my humble experience,  products over-labeled with green nomenclature, I find suspect ...the proclaimed solutions for a green lifestyle often come with their own set of problems like the plethora of plastic water bottles we now find on our beaches.  Soluiton:  drink tapwater from and Axor faucet! One could  even say the  ecology of timeless design behaves in much the same way as human behaviour:  some people age well, others not; ditto design.   Why is not understood by logic alone or treatises on design theory.  Ask Canadian furntiure design impresario Klaus Nienkamper http://www.nienkamper.com/ to weigh in on this.  He,who inspires and champions all things elegant with his understated charm, in fact, celebrated (or is it sustained) a birthday this week.  And the Brave Brown Bag turned sweet 16.  Or in dog years that would be 112!  Oh dear.  Here's to aging gracefully.  With our compliments to the design wisdom of Messrs. Stark and  Nienkamper.

 

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