Monday, February 2, 2009

Utility Canvas
Two of the first people we met at the show were Hal and Gillian from Utility Canvas. I was really impressed with their product - so organic and simple and sophisticated in a rustic sort of way. Canvas bags, pillows, aprons and dresses - I love the printed dress below. Their booth was fun and colourful and the buyers seemed to be really drawn to it. This was a trend I really noticed at the show - if your product was cheery and colourful the buyers spent a lot of time in your booth - bright colours bring cheer and positive energy into a retail space - which is a good thing in this economy.

Utility Canvas was started in 1990 by Hal Grano and Jillian Kaufman-Grano. Utility canvas products are a result of a synthesis of Kaufman-Grano's background in fashion and Grano's appreciation for the sturdy and useful canvas bags and clothing that he used as a canoe guide in Maine for many summers. The product line started with a Portfolio carry All when Kaufman-Grano needed a bag to carry art supplies and presentation materials together. That is when the 2 found a common passion for canvas, moved to the Hudson Valley, and began living and developing the "utility canvas lifestyle". Simple, practical, versatile designs that never forsake style. Utility Canvas products are all made of the highest quality materials and workmanship.

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