The history of sailcloth is an ancient and fascinating one: imagine a silk spinnaker or a 100% cotton canvas mainsail next to a mylar/kevlar jib. I know a bit about traditional sailcloth and the high tech stuff, the result of a youthful stint at a sail loft. Enough to know I was better suited to designing bags. However, a lifelong love for the functional beauty of sailmaking materials has remained an inspiration for the Brave Brown Bag collection. The Grande Catchall carryall - soon to make landfall on our website - is made entirely from sailcloth - our humble tribute to this nautical textile old and new. So heave-ho, make way for our Grande Catchall. http://pinterest.com/bravebrownbag/grande-catchall-preview/*photo of The Flying Cloud courtesy of Yachts Under Sail/Alfred F. Loomis, ny 1933.
L'apres-midi avec le BBB or perhaps it is before sunset or after sunset or gosh even a nooner?! Our Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke doppelgangers are happily ensconced outside their favourite Parisian haunt with their not so understated hot pink otherwise understated Brave Brown Bag in the Midi size of course.
In 1998 Fabio and Luigi discovered the Brave Brown Bag in MoMA in nyc and there began the BBB journey to their dealer showroom in Milan ever since: Quoteth Fabio "The Brave Brown Bag is one of those timeless pieces, just because of its essentiality. Following the "less is more" philosophy but also combining the idea of beauty and function, Charlotte McKeough has created one of the most sophisticated carryall. Suitable to any occasions, from office purpose to more elegant events, the Brave Brown Bag , a reinvention of the paper shopping bag, has become a classic, almost iconic piece among the tote bags and bags in general. It's handmade touch is certainly a distinctive signature: very brave and certainly beautiful." http://pianoprimo.it
Way Down Yonder in the Paw Paw Patch, as the Appalachian folk tune goes, except this Paw Paw tree is where I am in Canada. As a Canadian southern belle, so to speak, the Paw Paw tree is a perfect tree to honour our southern neighbour's Memorial Day weekend. Common to both Southern Ontario and neighbouring Michigan and Ohio, the gorgeous pale green fruit (not out until early Fall) has a common pioneer history, even fed the Lewis and Clark expedition; and today has acquired a kind of truffle-like following for the adventuresome of palette. But first the flower which somehow can easily go unnoticed.... sort of like the understated quality of the Brave Brown Bag? http://www.petersonpawpaws.com/Facts.php
Circa 1999 Canadian actor Donald Sutherland was interviewed on the CBC TV programme, In Conversation With Peter Gzwoski. The host looked puzzled because his guest appeared to be carrying a brown paper bag. What is that?! he asked. To which Mr.Sutherland replied: This is my book bag! (Indeed he was carrying an authentic Brave Brown Bag and so the BBB became the topic of their conversation) Yes, the BBB can hold it's own as an old school style book bag; or perhaps Donald will bequeath his BBB to son Keifer as the new school style ipad bag. Either way we are honoured to be a functional conversation piece. * Photo - first 'edition' of BBB in Paris at world famous bookshop, Shakespeare & Company