The 22-ounce cotton canvas used in the construction of the bags is durable, yet lightweight. This tightly woven canvas allows each bag to retain its shape over a lifetime of use. To help the fabric resist stains and markings, the canvas has been treated with a water repellent polyurethane coating. Canvas is a long-wearing fabric which softens and improves with age.
The waxed cotton (used in the handles of the bags) is a Martin Family secret that has been passed on for 7 generations from father to son. The Martin Family has been involved in the dyeing and finishing of textiles in the US since 1838. The cotton allows the fabric to breathe, while the waxes impart a unique, comfortable patina. The treatment affords the fabric a lifelong resistance to inclement weather. (Lesser versions of waxed cotton can be oily and have an unpleasant odor).
The two-ply cotton oxford shirting has been hand-washed to produce a relaxed feel. The shirts feature tailored details including double-track stitching, curved hem, vertical locker loop, center box-pleat, and bevel cream buttons.