This Custom Rothco Cargo Bag is fully painted by hand. Furthermore, the canvas is a vintage Japanese duffle bag (or a laundry bag). Like any vintage item, the bag has signs of wear.
Inspired by the kit bag of WWII, I purchased this beautiful brand new canvas Rothco bag to paint a rare and beautiful USAAF Insignia.
Unique elements of the Custom Rothco Cargo Bag:
- Handmade 88th Co ribbon pin on top (removable).
- “USA” hand painted on the bottom of the bag. While you carry it, people can actually read it.
- USAAF 642nd Bombardment squadron Insignia
History of the 642nd Bombardment squadron From Wiki:
The 642d Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Army Air Forces unit. After training with Douglas A-20 Havocs in the United States the squadron deployed to the European Theater of World War II, where it engaged in combat until the Surrender of Germany. It was last assigned to the 409th Bombardment Group at Westover Field, Massachusetts, where it was inactivated on 7 November 1945.
I pay close attention to where I get my bags. So, I handpick them myself and later wash them with care. I buy them through different military surplus sellers or thrift stores. But, I always pick vintage items that have history and sign of wear such as: markings, holes or traces of rust, which make them even more beautiful and authentic.
I do hand paint everything myself. It does take many hours to research, draw, paint and heat press the design on the fabric. Moreover, for inspiration, I constantly study soldiers’ paintings on duffel bags and leather jackets. They are a great source of inspiration.
I do spend many hours on these unique bags and I do hand paint everything. I don’t use any machine or computer! It’s all manual! So that explains why some bags reach $300 or more.
It’s preferable that you don’t wash the bag. Even if it was heat pressed, it’s best not wash it and keep it rugged. If you do stain it, just use a wet cloth and gently rub it. It should be ok!
The bag will be packed in a beautiful handmade packaging. Each bag gets the best care in the world in order to reach you.