In 2001, my first collection of bags were created from 70's era men's wool plaid pants - which were adorable, but they didn't have the timeless durability that I knew Pacific Northwest customers would need - living in rainy conditions. Having earned my BA degree in Textiles from Washington State University (watch the video!) - I began to develop a collection of non-leather materials that could withstand daily use, yet would be more sophisticated than other waterproof bags available on the market. After a few years experimentation, our first glazed fabric hobo was introduced in 2003, and has been a perpetual best-seller ever since!
Our glazed fabric is superior to any vinyl or faux leather you've ever seen. In fact our glazed fabric is actually preferable to leather as it far more durable, lightweight, scratch-proof and rain-proof. It starts with a woven Cotton/polyester canvas as a base, with a very thin durable coating of colored glaze. This glaze sinks into the fibers and allows it to develop a leather-like patina over time.
The benefits of glazed fabric bags:
- lighter weight than leather, it much easier to carry and a great choice if you suffer from back or shoulder problems.
- durable & scratch resistant: can stand up to almost anything
- rain-proof & waterproof
- Cruelty-free, 100% vegan
- Ecologically preferable because our polyester/cotton canvas bags with a thin lead-free, pthalate-free PVC glaze coating lasts longer than other fast fashion vegan handbags - which means our bags won't appear in landfills like other non-leather equivalents. (read more in this article)
- And last but not least: the meticulous made in USA craftsmanship of a Crystalyn Kae handbag is important distinction in how our glazed fabric bags are made.