Dispatches From (capsule): Utility Canvas


Utility Canvas began when Hal Grano, a canoe guide, and his wife Jillian Kaufman-Grano, an artist, recognized the common theme in their lives: canvas.  In 1990 the couple moved upstate to the Hudson Valley and began manufacturing practical products out of canvas.  Canvas has a long history as an industrial strength material that is not only durable, but water resistant as well, making it a choice fabric for simple, functional pieces.  Utility Canvas’ collection draws inspiration from European workwear in the 1960’s and 70’s, featuring straightforward, sensible designs that were initially tailored toward working class functionality.  But Utility Canvas’ line is far from basic heritage-wear, as the brand thrives off subtle details to distinguish themselves from standard workwear.  Utility Canvas employs a striking color scheme including oranges and reds, and uses horn buttons, and contrast stitching, and collars to give a modern spin to decade’s old designs.

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