On a recent trip to Portland, we accidentally drove past the Beckel Canvas store on the way back from a tasty Scandinavian brunch at Broder. Before we left town, I swung by again and picked up a Necessary Bag in red (to X-mas-ize my green War Bag, of course!). Previously they had only used un-dyed canvas and olive drab canvas, so the bright red is an exciting new option. The storefront was about 1/3 of the building; the rest of it was taken up by workstations, long tables, logs of fabric, and a few employees hard at work. No assembly line here; each employee makes a bag from start to finish. I chatted with Kathy Beckel, and we discussed how the Americana trend has resulted in an explosion of new orders in the past 2 years. I'm happy to hear that! I try to recommend these bags to everyone I know, as they are sturdy as heck, amazingly affordable, and made in the US.
Made in: Portland, OR