This WW2 Seabees Duffle 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.
Most importantly, this WW2 Seabees Duffle Bag is a one of kind art piece.
History of the Seabees From Wiki:
United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as the Seabees, form the Naval Construction Force (NCF) of the United States Navy. Their nickname is a heterograph of the first initials “C.B.” from the words Construction Battalion.
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.