Based out of New York’s Hudson Valley, Utility Canvas was launched in 1990 by Hal Grano and Jillian Kaufman-Grano. The brand specializes in exactly what you’d guess: Canvas goods with a keen eye for function. It all started with a canvas portofolio carryall for the Jillian’s personal use. Since then, it’s expanded out to a full line of home goods, men’s and women’s clothing, and bags.
One of my favorite offerings from the Grano/Kaufman-Grano team is their take on the shoulder-strapped tote: the Bucket Tote. The lines are simple, the canvas looks to be very heavy duty, and the simple snap closure at the top provides for a bit more security than an open-topped model.
Beyond that, there’s the pockets: 3 on the outside and 3 on the inside. Seeing as one of the biggest issues I have with simple totes is the lack of organizational capabilities presented by a single huge compartment, this is a massive plus in my book. When my phone and headphones can be found without furtively rooting through the bottom of my bag, I tend to be much happier in general. I’d venture to guess this is true for most folks.
Throw in made-in-the-USA construction, the natural water resistance of a tightly woven canvas, and a pretty reasonable $98 price tag, and you’ve got a pretty solid contender in the day-to-day bag category.
(Images courtesy of C’H'C’M)