ClarkandTaft

Waxed Canvas Totes, Duffle Bags, Dopp Kits, Made in USA

Austin, Texas | 5950 Sales

ClarkandTaft

Waxed Canvas Totes, Duffle Bags, Dopp Kits, Made in USA

Austin, Texas 5950 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(1002)

Announcement   At Clark & Taft Crafting Company, formerly Sivani Designs, 
we focus on building a collection of luxury travel totes, duffel bags, and dopp kits. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, we utilize our small design studio and a small-run workshop in Oregon to create a variety of handmade, heirloom-quality waxed canvas and leather products. Our goal is to create products that are functional, durable, and made to last. With every product, we draw inspiration from old-school American craftsmanship and merge it with the demands of today's active and adventurous lifestyle.

For behind the scenes new product development, Follow Sivani Designs on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clarkandtaft/

Announcement

Last updated on May 4, 2018

At Clark & Taft Crafting Company, formerly Sivani Designs, 
we focus on building a collection of luxury travel totes, duffel bags, and dopp kits. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, we utilize our small design studio and a small-run workshop in Oregon to create a variety of handmade, heirloom-quality waxed canvas and leather products. Our goal is to create products that are functional, durable, and made to last. With every product, we draw inspiration from old-school American craftsmanship and merge it with the demands of today's active and adventurous lifestyle.

For behind the scenes new product development, Follow Sivani Designs on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clarkandtaft/

Silvia Nikolov

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Our handsome NO. 521 tote bag is your everyday bag - the multiple pockets turn it into the diaper bag, school bag, teacher’s bag, or even a camera bag.
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About

Modern Keepsakes - Silvia Nikolov uses traditional materials and old-school craftsmanship to design bags for the modern demands.

Growing up in Bulgaria, a communist republic at the time, taught me how to be imaginative and creative with very limited resources. After learning essential designing and crafting skills from my grandmother, I moved to the United States in 2004. I made Austin my home in 2012 and after my grandmother's passing, I decided to pay tribute to her by getting a sewing machine and starting a business. The first product I made is now my brand's signature item – the NO. 345 Dopp Kit.

The Clark & Taft story begins with a simple belief that bags should be made in the USA, made by hand, and made to last. I've always been in love with waxed canvas and leather bags. But I was tired of their uninspired conventional designs, their low-quality materials or poor construction.

Clark & Taft was born when I found myself in search of the perfect anniversary gift for my partner – a monogrammed dopp kit. I was seeking something that was rugged and durable while also modern, functional and stylish with the versatility to keep up with his everyday life. However, I discovered most dopp kits didn’t fully consider all of these needs so I decided to take matters into my own hands.

After spending months researching, prototyping and testing I concluded that it was possible to make modest, beautiful bags without compromising superb American craftsmanship and high-quality American-manufactured raw materials. I partnered with two household names symbolic for their timeless, durable materials – Fairfield Textiles and Horween Leather Company - to create a modern luggage and bag collection that honors old-world craftsmanship but caters to the demands of today's active and adventurous lifestyle.

I want to create bags that people cherish so much they want to pass them down to the next generation. Therefore, I included personalization offerings such as embossed monograms and anniversary dates to add sentimental value, while turning the bags into memorable gifts suitable for any occasion.

Shop members

  • Silvia Nikolov

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Everything From A To Z

    In first grade and in a drawing class, I was drawing sketches of models in fashion clothes. My teacher asked me: “So, Silvia, what will you be when you grow up?” I simply pointed towards my drawings and said: “A fashion designer.”

Production partners

  • Small-run sewing factory

    Portland, OR

    A small team of skilled craftspeople, perfectionists, who are like family to me, always as excited as I am to work on current and new products for the Clark & Taft brand. They excel at working with finicky fabrics like leather and waxed canvas.

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