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The Modern Guide to The Thing Before Preppy

Sunday, November 5, 2023

New - The Waxed Canvas Duffle Bag by Steele, Made in Massachusetts

Photos by Salt Water New England
We talk about '80s Prep.  But many also recall, for lack of a better term, late '70s Prep.  You could walk into a store like L.L. Bean and stumble across surprisingly high quality items, thoughtfully made and functional.  We didn't perhaps appreciate the value of Made in New England back then, and we certainly would not have used a term like 'Prep', of course.  We just knew that what we bought would last for decades.  (These were the products that made the L.L. Bean lifetime guarantee make sense.)  

Steele reminds me of that time and those products.  Their new Waxed Canvas Duffle Bag is large and substantial with well-placed interior and exterior pockets, great stitching, heavy canvas handles with leather grips, and sturdy hardware.  It is not fussy; you don't have to baby it when travelling. 

While Steel accurately calls this color Brown, I think of it more as a lighter and lovely Cocoa.   

Made in Massachusetts



  1. This looks amazing.

  2. Superb bag, in every respect! Thank you!

  3. Nice. Very nice. Love the leather covered handles.

  4. The Weekender Bag in Waxed Briquette Canvas is my go-to. Fantastic quality.

  5. Bean still makes a waxed cotton travel duffel like that. It's not bad, actually, but it is imported. I like yours better.

  6. The Steele round carry truck on wheels is beautiful!


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