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A line of utilitarian travel bags made from reclaimed vintage military canvas made by Nick & Nick of Teamwork Co. in West Michigan. Read more

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A line of utilitarian travel bags made from reclaimed vintage military canvas made by Nick & Nick of Teamwork Co. in West Michigan.

Grand Rapids, MI Fashion
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At Teamwork we give new life to old materials. Our satchels are crafted from 90% reclaimed materials including sailboat sails, tractor tire inner tubes, banners, and other tough stuff. Our current line includes a tote, small messenger, and a larger messenger. Each bag is unique and designed with special attention to details that show evidence of the material in its former use.

Recently we stumbled upon some pallets of old military canvas and immediately went to the drawing board. What we ended up with is a line of bags that includes a classic messenger with a padded laptop sleeve, a zippered duffel, an adventure backpack, a dopp kit, as well as some concepts for a few other smaller travel accessories. Inspired by the old rucksacks of yore that our dads and grandpas carried, these bags incorporate the utilitarian style of military gear but with a design sense that caters to the modern traveler.

Each of our bags has a story to tell. 

A few months ago when we came across the pallets of military canvas along with straps, zippers, and other various hardware, we felt like we had hit a dusty old gold mine. The long forgotten pallets were in a warehouse growing old, getting eaten by mice, and wasting away since the mid 1980's. The material was at one time used to make portable antenna bags for the U.S Military, a now obsolete technology. The account was canceled, and the fabric was left sitting in the warehouse waiting to be thrown in the trash. Until Teamwork came along.

Always on the hunt for discarded materials, we have a lot of fun discovering the potential for the materials we find to be transformed into new forms that help us function better in our day-to-day lives. Whats not so fun is figuring out how to increase our production so we can continue to get our products out in the world and keep on doing what we love.

This is where you and kickstarter come in. We want to create a stronger manufacturing infrastructure that will enable us to continue to deliver thoughtfully designed bags and products. With your help we could acquire machinery, create some jobs, and launch our new line of canvas bags properly. Heck we might even be able to keep up with demand if this works out. To find out more about us visit our website at www.teamworkbags.com

Thanks for taking the time to check out our little campaign, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop us a line via email at theteam@teamworkbags.com or click here. Also, please allow us a window of time at the end of the campaign to get your bags made and delivered safely to your doorstep.  Shipping for international supporters will be delt with on a personal basis.

A special and huge thanks to our friends at www.itsjustnice.com that put our video together and the awesome dudes of The Little Village for the music. 

Thanks again. Nick and Nick

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    You will receive a virtual highfive and a huge thanks, every little bit helps

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    You will receive a numbered hand screen printed thank you poster.

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    11 backers

    Limited Edition hand printed t-shirt on organic cotton with water based ink

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    20 backers

    Gets you a tote of our choosing made from sailboat sail with a hand printed limited edition Teamwork/Kickstarter campaign logo printed in the bag. Don’t worry it’ll have nice colors on it and be really sweet.

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    11 backers

    You get all of the above, tote, tee and thank you poster. All hand printed and numbered, to make them special, just like you.

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    16 backers

    You get a limited edition CSCOW (our small sized messenger bag) of our pick with hand printed TW/Kickstarter logo inside, numbered and a thank you poster. Don’t worry we won’t send a lame one.

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    4 backers

    You get a tote and CSCOW of our choosing, you guested it sweet ones with the TW/KS logo printed inside. As well as a hand printed thank you poster.

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    7 backers

    You will receive a ES Deluxe (our large sized messenger bag) of our choosing, printed with the TW/ Kickstarter campaign logo inside and thank you poster.

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    18 backers Limited (82 left of 100)

    Get the chance to pre-order the WSJ canvas messenger. It will come hand numbered with TW/ Kickstarter embriodered tag inside and sweet hand printed thank you poster.

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    7 backers Limited (18 left of 25)

    Get the chance to pre-order your choice of the canvas Long Haul Duffler or the Adventure backpack. It will come hand numbered with TW/ Kickstarter embroidered tag and sweet hand printed thank you poster.

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    You will receive the WSJ and the LongHaul Duffler. They will come with a hand numbered TW/ Kickstarter embroidered tag, Thank you poster and we will also throwing in a zippered dop kit.

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    You will receive the full line of canvas travel bags with TW/ Kickstarter embroidered tags. It will include the WSJ, Long Hauler, Adventure Back Pack, and Dop Kit. Not to mention a TW goodie bag full of super sweet stuff.

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    You will receive both lines of bags. This would include all of our bags made from sail as well as the new canvas travel line, an extra large goodie bag, with hand numbered limited editionTW/ Kickstarter tags in each bag.

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    You will receive the package from above, but will include and embroidered message of your choice on each bag . You will also reveive a huge goodie bag, personnal delivery in the continetal US and a dinner party for you and 5 of your friends hosted at your house, (drinks not included).Prepared by us, we make delicious food, trust us!

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