Tie Dye Forever
Graf Lantz took their classic canvas tote and spiffed it up a bit for summer. Hand-dyed and made in LA, the tote they can't keep in stock is back for a limited time to elevate your adventures!
Let your boat bag do the talking - It will say softly, "I'm here, with a stately grace in my silhouette & craftsmanship, a fresh perspective on frayed & deconstructed edges, and a strong utilitarian functionality of American Made heavy cotton duty canvas." Just remember - with the nature of the dye process, no two bags look the same! It's the beauty of handmade. Due to the artisanal and hand finished nature of the fraying technique you may experience loose threads that make their way out of the unfinished edges up until the stitching around the edge of the bag. Please trim if necessary!
Graf Lantz uses top quality, completely natural vegetable tanned leather in this product. It is natural and untreated. It’s appeal to us is how it is made to slowly darken and patina through time and use. Please see the care section for more information on why we love it, how it works and tips to keep yours looking fresh as it ages.
Graf Lantz uses hand dye canvas in small batches in LA and sews them at their very own factory. They are hand frayed for a relaxed look and trimmed in vegetable-tanned leather.
Cleaning the Canvas
It is recommend that you treating your bag before use with a fabric protector like Scotch Guard or Fabric Guard for waterproofing and stain proofing.
Spot clean any area that has a set-in stain. Our dyes are strong, start with a standard stain remover per product directions and timing to weaken the stain. Next, with a fine spray bottle or damp cloth, wet the area with a mild detergent solution and massage till the stain lifts. To rinse, apply fresh water and remove it with an absorbent towel repeatedly until the detergent is removed. Air dry.
Vegetable tanned leather is as old as civilization itself and still has no rival. Animal hides are tanned with a mixture of plant based materials such as tree bark, wood, leaves, fruit, and roots. The tannins from these natural materials slowly stabilize the proteins in the hide over a period of weeks and make the leather soft and workable. Since these types of hides only take a thin layer of surface dye and are not pigmented, only A grade hides get to become veg-tan.
Leather professional - The easiest and most sure way to take care of stains and scrapes is to ask a professional. Your local shoe repair will know exactly what to do for most any problem.
Even Coverage while treating - Whether its a simple wipe down with water and a damp sponge or the application of waxes, balms or oils, consistent coverage and distribution across the full face of the leather panel is key for even blending in the final look. Do not spot clean or spot apply.
Surface stains, smudges and dirt - Use a simple lime juice solution. A lime water treatment is the best way to clean light surface stains, but it is also used to maintain the original light hue for a longer time. Directions: Mix ½ cup water, fresh squeezed juice from 1 lime, 2-3 drops of bleach. Dampen a sponge or cloth with the lime solution and wipe evenly over the entire face of the leather panel. Do not spot clean. Let dry. Repeat as needed.
Waxes, creams, and oil treatments - When applying oils, waxes, creams or soaps the leather will naturally begin to look darker. Waxes and creams darken less because they are mostly surface treatments and tend to lighten with time. Oils go in deep and stay. The same rules of application apply. Smooth and even coverage is always the best method.