Designed for the battlefield, these vintage military deadstock fabrics now see a different kind of action: as stylish, functional bags for dudes that won’t have folks questioning your manhood. The outfit responsible for these rough-and-tumble getups? Farm Tactics, a Los Angeles-based label that rescues rare military textiles from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s and hews them into totes, satchels, backpacks, and hip bags by hand.
IN FIGHTING SHAPE
From the Tool Bag made from duck-canvas conveyor belts and military webbing (great for carrying around old vinyl records) to the Field Backpack composed of a ’60s Dutch military bag and a ’40s gas-mask bag (perfect for cyclists), each limited-edition, one-of-a-kind piece “looks to the past to create the future,” according to designer Kyle Ng.