“The bags that lasted us the longest were always canvas.”
“I’m going around the world, wanna come?”
This is what happens when you cross an engineer with a craftswoman. They always go back to the best material for the job.
Marnie Statkus and Dean Hawes are two well-travelled Aussies with a love for designing adaptable travel bags & accessories that function well beyond the last trip.
After years on the road Marnie and Dean dreamed of finding the ‘perfect bag’, a good-looking, durable bag that could be used in the office, the bike path, around the globe, and back again.
From this dream, Nomad Essentials™ canvas bags and accessories were created.
Or that’s how Dean tells the story about how he chatted up Marnie.
Luckily for him Marnie was a seasoned traveller who thought nothing of blizzards, biking down vertical cliffs, and Bali Belly, and agreed to get to know him better while driving around New Zealand’s South Island in an old van.
While continuing to travel together around much of Asia and the Pacific, Marnie and Dean decided to change their lifestyle and to go where their hearts are. In 2008 they created Nomad Essentials™ to celebrate their passion for great design, exploring the unknown, and a shared love of the open road.
Our Quality Guarantee
We only use the highest quality 8, 12 & 16 Ounce Canvas 100% Cotton Canvas.
All our zippers are YKK. The #1 quality zipper on the planet.
All plastic buckles and retainers are Acetal, an incredibly strong thermoplastic also used to make car bumper bars.
All our products are stitched using high density nylon thread.
All our products are guaranteed 100% Vegan Friendly.
Canvas has natural semi-waterproofing properties in light moisture conditions.
We also custom treat our canvas with an environmentally friendly compound which makes textiles hydrophobic.
If you need more weather protection or a re-treatment we recommend using NIKWAX or similar products. Specifically their ‘Cotton Proof‘ for a wash-in solution, or their ‘TX-Direct‘ for a spray on solution.
Be sure to test any product in an inconspicuous area on the back of your bag to check for undesirable changes.
All our canvas products are washable.
Add a dash of mild detergent to some cold water and soak for a 1 to 2 hours.
Avoid heavy chemical detergents.
Rinse in cold water.
Air dry in the shade.
Its Marnie & Dean.
An extraordinary couple from Melbourne, Australia.
They are the multi talented designers, makers and general swiss army knives of the canvas bag world.
Everything you see before you sprouted from their imagination & relationship with the great outdoors, festivals, travelling and each other.
“Canvas is an extremely durable plain-woven fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, backpacks, and other items for which sturdiness is required.
Modern canvas is usually made of cotton or linen, although historically it was made from hemp. It differs from other heavy cotton fabrics, such as denim, in being plain weave rather than twill weave.”
But it’s really more than just another material.
We grew up in the hills of Melbourne where scouts was a weekly event and being outdoors was part of our everyday.
We watched as the modern plastics took over the outdoor industry and canvas took a back seat to bling bling colours and shiny buckles.
But….. we still have my first canvas backpacks, soft after years in the weather, faded like it’s seen a thousand sunsets. It still breathes and moves like a best friend.
So we started making bags for ourselves, we thought about what had been missing from our travel gear.
What did we want from our materials that plastics just can’t do?
That’s why we make canvas bags, because they are your bag, individual, breathing, alive.
Getting better and better with every adventure.
It’s our brand’s signature colour.
To us it represents the Australian landscape, a vibrant life and just works day to day.
If you have ever had to use a bag with dark lining material you already know how frustrating it is to find your gear.
Orange also has the unique advantage of being light enough to let you find everything quickly yet avoid showing dirt and grime that somehow always finds its way into every pocket.
Simple and effective, just like it should always be.
The seems to be two camps regarding velcro, either you love it or it drives you crazy!
Just like life, everything has it place and purpose, and some bag designs just lend themselves to using velcro…
For example, our Hip Packs have evolved over the years, through thousands of journeys to use velcro for the main buckle, weird huh…
This is not a choice we made lightly, we know how much any broken buckle can completely change your day when you least need it.
People have shared so many stories of ‘bum bags’ that were great until the plastic clip broke, making any bag completely useless!
So we invented the ‘Velcro Sandwich’. This is the perfect example where Velcro & thinking outside the box makes a real difference to keeping you on the road for longer.
Essentially its a centre loop structure surrounded by hooks on both side instead of just one, making the load per hook 1/4 of a standard Velcro clasp.
Coming full circle, the biggest advantages of velcro is it’s ability (by design) to spread the pulling forces across a large surface area.
Each hook and loop takes a smaller part of the load, working together to create a huge amount of flexible grip strength.
Ok so this had gotten really geeky but the point is that the best material for ‘the job’ really is the best material for ‘the job’.
Wandering through a forest somewhere, still on the animal’s back where it belongs…
From a technical perspective, there is no advantage to using leather other than adding weight, drastically increasing the cost/price and putting more strain on our environment.
Leather adds no strength advantages that can’t be achieved with the right canvas in the right places.
It really comes down to designing and testing to evenly distribute the stresses and wear of daily use to the right places in the right way.
You will also know you have made a difference in saving the life of a sentient being, it really doesn’t get better than that…
“Any material is only as good as the design supporting it”.