Joshu+Vela – A Local Gem

By on January 26, 2012

We exist to highlight the beauty of function by creating simple and well made goods, built to grow more beautiful with age and wear.

Joshu+Vela design and hand-make totes, backpacks and wallets using USA grown and woven organic canvas, leathers and natural dyes. All of these artistic creations are made from start to finish in their San Francisco studio.  They do this because it’s “how brands used to do it, they made what they sold.”

Their materials include brass hardware and vegetable tanned leather, which starts off a creamy tan and darkens into a beautiful chocolate…color that only comes with “use, love and time.”

Waxwear is resilient, weather-resistent, and also becomes better with time.  It has a mellow sheen that results from treating tightly woven canvas with special waxes and oils.  Waxwear comes directly from Herbert Rice Fabrics, Inc., a New York company started in the 1800’s.  Their finishing process is earth friendly, using pharmaceutical grade waxes and oils free of hazardous solvents.

They have a very specific process of dyeing with Indigo.  Unlike most jeans created with Indigo, Joshu+Velu hand-dye and do not use chemicals or heavy metals. Mango leaves are also used to create a warm yellow hue.

Below are a few of my favorite styles:

You can't go wrong with a classic black tote - $330.00


A portfolio for your days work or your night's necessities - $150.00

The XL Boat Tote...perfect for a day at the beach - $240.00


The luxe zip backpack...perfect gift for that special man in your life - $330.00


Check out their website for a full array of magnificence.

Happy Shopping!

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