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Antigonish Bag Company

Antigonish Bag Company

Deborah Jenkins

Southside Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada


After years as a business analyst working in the area of information technology, I left technology to pursue different creative opportunities at the Ontario College of Art and Design and when I graduated I meandered into designer/maker communities and saw the possibility of making a living by making. Making "what" evolved - I started with various home decor products but my nomadic nature is just more suited to making bags.and after successful experimentation with waxing fabric and explorations in colouring textiles I came out with my hand dyed, waxed canvas bags.

Why We’re One of a Kind

Each bag starts as a length of unbleached cotton canvas which fully transformed as it is dyed and waxed by hand.

Primary Materials

I use unbleached cotton canvas, direct dye, rivets, thread, leather, wax, interfacing, zippers. The most relevant materials are leather and canvas. I prefer to use natural materials and in the case of my waxed canvas bags – unbleached cotton canvas is the right choice because it has the tooth to hold the wax and the wax will be absorbed evenly. The leather holds up well – it ages well, its strong and has the rustic feeling I want for the bags.

Shipping Policy

All orders are shipped via Canada Post using the lowest cost method - this cost varies depending on the region and I may not be able to provide you with a tracking number.

If you're in a hurry, please contact me so we can assess alternate shipping options and cost.

Delivery standards vary. Delivery within Canada is generally 3 - 5 days. US deliveries take between 5-8 days: these are business days and this time doesn't include any time spent in customs. International packages take from 6-10 days to 4-6 weeks.