Ignoring the potential risk of being branded a canvas bag blog, allow me to introduce you to the Minnehaha Bag Co. I first learned about the company from an ACL reader — thanks Kevin — a few weeks ago. The canvas and leather bags are designed to be simple, affordable, utilitarian carryalls that get better with age and use. The concept for the Minnehaha bags was hatched on a 75 mile ride from Hinckley to Duluth (hometown of the classic bag company Duluth Pack) by two avid cyclists or as they say “bike nerds.”
From the company’s website:
“So why canvas and leather bags? Lots of reasons actually, but primarily, we wanted to build a line of really good looking and functional bags in traditional materials which did not require a second mortgage to buy or if a spouse were to discover an un-planned purchase of one that you wouldn’t end up in counseling or sleeping on the couch.”
I am a strong proponent of domestically manufacturing, but the fact that these bags are made offshore doesn’t discourage me from appreciating the look and feel of the product. I drawn to the simplicity and affordability (leaves more money for that Brooks saddle) of the Minnehaha bags. Classic, unbranded goods that are made from natural materials are a market niche that should be exploited by more companies.