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what is coated canvas?

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Is coated canvas leather?

No, coated canvas is not leather.  It is made from material that is embossed with heat to take on a leather-like appearance.

Here are some examples of how similar to leather can coated canvas look. Some examples of Crystalyn Kae Crossbody bagsHobo bags, Small Troubadour bags and Square shopper aka Metier totes:

Handbags from Coated Canvas by Crystalyn Kae   Handbags from Coated Canvas by Crystalyn Kae
Handbag from coated canvas by Crystalyn Kae
Handbag from coated canvas by Crystalyn Kae

How is coated canvas made?

Coated canvas is made from a woven fabric, typically a heavy cotton or polyester canvas that is coated with wax or resin and then treated with heat.  Depending on the materials used, the finish can be permanent: (glazed and/or pvc-coated) or temporary: (wax). Coating materials in a permanent way is integral to high-quality designer handbag brands, as it will allow the bag to last much longer than faux leather or polyurethane and is ecologically preferable. 

Is glaze coated canvas better than leather?

The advantages of coated canvas or glazed fabric over leather is that it is much more hard-wearing and stain-resistant than leather.  It is often lightweight on your shoulder, and rain-resistant. 

coated canvas tote in wine by crystalyn kae

What happens when a bag from coated canvas gets wet?

This is a good example of how Crystalyn Kae coated canvas reacts to water! Water is just dripping off the bag fabric! An excellent example of how reliable coated canvas bags are for rainy weather. In fact many Crystalyn Kae vegan bags are even machine washable.

Video example of how Crystalyn Kae Metier tote from coated canvas is getting wet


What is a coated canvas bag?

louis vuitton coated canvas monogram materialgoyard coated canvas print materialfendi coated canvas purse detail

The most common example of coated canvas bag is the Louis Vuitton logo-encrusted bag you've seen almost everywhere. But other designer brands including Goyard, Fendi, and even Michael Kors and Coach now use a form of coated canvas in their handbag collections.  

How do you clean a coated canvas bag?

It depends on the brand.  It is best to reach out to the manufacturer of your bag. Do you own a Crystalyn Kae coated canvas bag? If so: learn how to machine-wash your handbag here.  

Shop for glazed fabric bags here:

Coated canvas vegan crossbody bag made in USA
Vegan grey crossbody bag from coated canvas made in USA
Crystalyn Kae Small Troubadour bag from coated canvas
Coated canvas bag from vegan leather made in the USA


Write in the comments below, what was your take-away about coated canvas from this article! 


What have customers said about Crystalyn Kae coated canvas bags?

Nothing gets lost! 

"I got a large black hobo bag from coated canvas. The material is buttery soft and the metal hardware (zippers, rings, snaps) is strong not flimsy. The interior is simple and sufficient. Licorice is the perfect description for this black, and the plum topstitching is the right feminine touch. Very comfortable worn both ways. This is a great \"airplane\" purse: enough room for magazine, water bottle maybe a little snack and your essentials. Nothing topples out and it wipes clean. Worth every penny, I have been shopping around for high quality, unique bags for a long time and I look no further. I also have this style in the medium port wine color and it is just as awesome."

Rory from Lakewood, Ohio

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  • Just wanted to say these bags look incredible! I wouldn’t have guessed they are from coated canvas. I was searching for good reliable, trustworthy, stylish, and also water-resistant bags. – I know it’s a lot to ask from a single bag, but I think I’ve found something special here!!
    Thought I’ll do more research about the coated canvas as well and I’m so glad I found this article. So helpful and well written! Especially I love the video with water falling on the Metier tote!

    Drew S. on
  • Amazing, I wasn’t sure if coated canvas bags are water-resistant, but this article explains it so well. And I’ve mainly seen cheap-looking bags, that I haven’t found particularly tasteful. Seeing these bags images from Crystalyn Kae is totally changing my mind. Wow, I’m now a real fan of coated canvas bags!

    Liz on
  • I have the same issue with my vintage Fendi coated canvas bag. I too have searched everywhere for a good answer to this problem.

    MaryC on
  • Hi!
    I thought you would be the person to ask! If I may:
    I have a vintage pequin Fendi given to me by my gran. Its a clutch, and super pretty with a ruched top. The thing is, its sticky, and peeling a bit (nothing crazy). How do I remove the stickiness, and how can I preserve the bag from further peeling? (That is, how can I make the outer more long-lasting?) Must it be waxed again?
    I hope it is not too much of an imposition to ask you this (been searching the internet for a while, then found your site!)
    Best wishes,

    ilhaam isaacs on

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