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June 16, 2015

Artifact Bag Co.


Our Chicago Pop-Up is just around the corner and we can’t wait to chill with ya’ll at The Hideout on June 27 + 28! We’re especially excited to see Artifact Bag Co., and frankly, wouldn’t be surprised if we bought each and every one of their bags.


Artifact Bag Co. began in February 2010 in Chris Hughes’ basement with a vintage commercial sewing machine he found on Craigslist. In December 2010, Chris left his job and established Artifact Bag Co. as a full-time business and hasn’t looked back.


For years Chris collected and sold antiques, vintage clothing, and military collectibles. His commercial sewing machine was originally purchased to repair old horsehide jackets and WWII field gear.

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During the process of getting familiar with industrial sewing, Chris designed a few items like a waxed canvas lunch tote, an upscale grocery tote, and a tool tote that doubles as a weekender bag.


The Artifact Bag Co. style incorporates all the things Chris loves: Americana, natural materials, simple design, and confident craftsmanship.

Everything Chris designs is made by hand in his Omaha studio.  Artifact uses domestically sourced and vintage materials whenever possible and construct each piece with hand tools and vintage industrial equipment.
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We are in love love love with Artifact Bag Co. and cannot wait to snuggle with these bags at our Chicago Pop-Up on June 27 + 28! Get in the know with Chris and Artifact here: