Duck by PORT•SACKS
The craftsmanship of a Bosun at a fraction of the cost. This new bag has nothing to do with waterfowl. The name instead comes from the Dutch word for the linen cloth, “doek,” that was originally used for ship sails and tents due to its durability.
In the mid-1800s, mills upped their duck canvas production and people began utilizing the fabric for other goods like bags (see what we did there?) and clothing. Duck is a strong, plain woven fabric that can withstand heavy wear and tear. It is a tightly woven textile that uses two yarns in the warp (the lengthwise strands) and a single yarn for the horizontal weft. The resulting tight weave contributes to its durability and weather resistance despite it being made from natural fibers (cotton). It starts off stiffer but softens up with wear and the smooth surface makes duck less prone to snagging and tearing.
Did you know Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis actually made their first pairs of riveted jeans from duck canvas; they didn’t switch over to denim until a few years later.
Style & Design
As you would expect from a PORT•SACKS product, our Duck is exceptionally well-constructed. Because it is fully lined, it is structured enough to stand up on its own. All inner seams bound to protect them from fraying and the handles are made from 100% cotton rigging rope that is hand-whipped and twice-dipped, offering a nautical feel that is durable and comfortable on the shoulder.
From laptops and files to water bottles and workout gear, the Duck is capable of hauling plenty of weight, so the tote can easily function as a purse, grocery bag or gym bag hybrid. Plus it is machine washable. Before tossing in the wash, remove handles and pop out the snap-in vinyl glass insert.
Besides its large main compartment, the Duck has a handy, see-through interior slip pocket to accommodate phone, sunglasses and other miscellany. The basic Duck ($75.00) comes with a snap closure; drop-down zip closure optional (+$15.00).