A while back I gave Nick Maggio one of the bags I made with the gents from Billykirk as a thank you for Nick’s help on a project I had going. Nick is generally pretty darn helpful with stuff and this bag could never have totally conveyed my eternal debt to him, but it was a good start. After Nick received the bag he told me he was gonna wash it and fuck it up a bit â€” something that definitely sounded intriguing. A few weeks later I followed-up to see how things turned out. Was it a success or did he really fuck things up?
Again being the kind soul that he is, Nick even did me the favor of documenting his distressing process with the below text and photos. Thanks Nick. Though I have to say that I want to break a briefcase in the slow way, but I think Nick’s bag turned out great.
The Maggio Bag Distress Proceedure:
First I put the bag through my super-duper secret distress technique of kicking the shit out of it in my back yard. Literally… kicking the shit out of it all around the backyard. Then threw it in the washer with a little Woolite and a couple cap fulls of bleach. Finished it off in the dryer with a couple dry towels and a few dryer sheets. Came out soft, 4-5 shades lighter and the leather is soft with highs and lows in the color. Used it this weekend to run out of town.
There you have it, ten years of wear condensed into an afternoon of shit-kicking and washing in Nick’s backyard.