ClarkandTaft

Waxed Canvas Dopp Kits, Duffle Bags, Totes, Made in USA

Texas, United States
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Announcement    Thank you for shopping small and supporting a woman run company. Your order goes a long way in preserving quality American craftsmanship.

Each Clark & Taft bag is crafted in hundreds of handmade steps using the highest quality traditional American materials. It’s not the easiest or cheapest method, but I am committed to classic construction techniques and high-performance materials that stand the test of time.

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Last updated on May 29, 2021

Thank you for shopping small and supporting a woman run company. Your order goes a long way in preserving quality American craftsmanship.

Each Clark & Taft bag is crafted in hundreds of handmade steps using the highest quality traditional American materials. It’s not the easiest or cheapest method, but I am committed to classic construction techniques and high-performance materials that stand the test of time.

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Silvia Nikolov

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About ClarkandTaft

Sales 8,778
On Etsy since 2009

Modern Keepsakes - I make bags that hold memories of love.

As a designer and a maker, I pour my love for my craft into every single bag I create and I share that love with my customers and the end recipients of my products. It's a chain reaction of passing down love.⁠

As a business centered around personalized products that are usually gifted at special occasions, my motivation to keep on going in spite of having to face daily adversity and challenges is the knowledge that I help my customers create sentimental memories that get woven into the fabric of their life's stories. I always picture the smiling face of the recipient when they open the gift box containing their monogrammed gift and the warm hug of gratitude that comes after. And that vision is all I need to shift to a positive and productive mindset.⁠

Growing up in Bulgaria, a communist republic at the time, taught me how to be imaginative and creative with very limited resources. There was scarcity. My grandparents had to stand in line for hours for a loaf of bread and a liter of watered-down milk. Every piece of clothing had to last for years and every hole in it had to be mended. We did not throw away anything. We repurposed, we passed down, and we made ourselves what we couldn’t afford to buy.⁠ I got to wear my mom's clothes and my younger cousins got to wear my clothes.

I moved to the United States at the age of 21 and opened my Etsy shop at the age of 26. My upbringing played a huge role in how I conceptualized the design of my products. The concept was simple - quality over quantity, slow fashion, bring back pride in the process. My mantra became: Make things that last. Make things that have meaning. Make things that can be passed down the generations. Make things that hold memories of love...⁠

...And make them with love and passion enrolling people and factories that share the same values.

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  • Silvia Nikolov

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Everything From A To Z

    In first grade and in a drawing class, I was drawing sketches of models in fashion clothes. My teacher asked me: “So, Silvia, what will you be when you grow up?” I simply pointed towards my drawings and said: “A fashion designer.”

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  • Small-run sewing factory

    Portland, OR

    A small team of skilled craftspeople, perfectionists, who are like family to me, always as excited as I am to work on current and new products for the Clark & Taft brand. They excel at working with finicky fabrics like leather and waxed canvas.

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