Industry

Carry Materials I

by , June 26, 2012

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We compare bags, we road test things and throw pretty much whatever we can at them, we give tips for what type of carry best suits particular purposes, but we thought it would be useful to delve a little deeper into carry materials. So we’ve put together a short series of posts that focus on carry materials.

What does the label of your bag mean and how do you choose the right material for your activity? From the image above you’ll see that we have tried to cover the most common materials that are utilised in carry. The materials are divided into two groups: natural and synthetic. The materials have different properties which suit different uses. Items such as knitted and herringbone fabrics have not been included, as we want to focus on fabrics that are used primarily for their technical properties over their aesthetic properties. The materials above can be used in a variety of situations, including travel, work and leisure.

As the series progresses, we’ll highlight the various properties of common carry materials and provide insight on the structure of fabrics.

  • M.S

    Good stuff, looking forward to this series!

  • http://bagcollector.tumblr.com The Bag Collector

    I look forward to it. I’ve been diving into textiles myself – trying to learn what makes a good material, why I would pick one over the other when constructing a bag. It’s… daunting.

  • Andrew

    Not long ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article into the popular question “Why are designer jeans so expensive?”. Contained within the piece was a breakdown of fabrics and market rate (at the time) including labor and other expenses. Not surprisingly, the mark-up was somewhere between price-gouging and extortion.

    So what I’m hoping for is a modicum of analysis in the same context. Break down popular fabrics. Average out market rates for these fabrics including straps, velcro buckles from the major distributors. Weigh this finding against product durability and/or company reputation.

    Like designer jeans, are the customers in the end paying for “artistry”, “exclusivity” or “craftsmenship” if there aren’t many discernible differences. And how important is to consumers if a quality bag is produced in the U.S. versus China?

    If you possess a romantic sensibility about starving Artists crafting a well-constructed Messenger Bag from a loft in Brooklyn, I can understand why you would be interested in supporting their high asking prices. But this can’t plausibly be the entire market.

    What am I missing here?

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  • Sarah B.

    I’ve been looking for a good reference book on textiles for designers that includes an overview of the basics as well as recent developments. (“Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals” is a great reference book: I’m looking for something with the same comprehensiveness & design-oriented approach) There’s lots out there for fashion design, but not for product design. Anyone have a suggestion?

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