A CUSTOM GRIFFIN’S PELT
Now, finding the best waxed canvas on planet earth… and then improving it. We looked at a few different suppliers in Europe, Asia, and the USA. After several rounds of fabric samples, in-house testing at EVERGOODS (including abrasion and tear strength testing), and many discussions, the choice was perfectly clear… we’d go with the very best in the business.
Halley Stevensons, makers of waxed cotton canvas for over 150 years, located in beautiful Dundee, Scotland. These folks are the real deal. While over in Scotland, I’ve toured their Baltic Works factory, built in 1864, and it’s one of the coolest structures I have ever had the pleasure to walk inside of. Here, they do everything. The old way. The right way. In fact, they politely requested I point my camera away from several of their specialized waxing machines, as their processes are an industry secret. In this ancient-yet-highly-advanced factory they do everything in-house; a high-tech laboratory for R&D and testing, fabric singeing (fire!), custom fabric dyeing, pressurized rolling machinery to ensure consistent wax smoothing, sanforising, emerising, waxing, and much more.
Since we were using the best waxed cotton in the world, Kevin opted to use the best (read: most durable and most tear-resistant) product they offer; P400. This heavy-duty base fabric is made from 100% cotton and is suitable for luggage and other high-abuse products. But… it wasn’t perfect. As you’re probably aware of by now, off-the-shelf stuff never fully captures the vision for these collaborations. So Kevin reached out to the R&D team at Halley Stevensons and asked them to develop an even tougher, more durable, and even more water-resistant waxed coating. After the Scottish mad scientists in their lab came back with several options, a final solution was chosen. It’s called Wax C4X and is much heavier duty than wax found in apparel-style fabrics. The end result is a feel that is incredibly unique, offering great durability and water resistance, and even feels a bit like leather in hand. It’s also not cheap at all. This custom fabric is made specifically for this collaboration by Halley Stevensons in Scotland, P400 C4X Griffin. We opted for the same P400 fabric without waxed coating on the back panel and inner shoulder straps on the CPL24 and MHP3.5 for increased on-body comfort. Just wait until you feel this stuff.