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Graf & Lantz Canvas Boat Bags — A Modern Take On A Classic Piece


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Let’s face it: the old-school boat bags, most often seen in a natural beige canvas color with navy handles and ribbon-like trim, were as sturdy as they were unattractive. This summer up your maritime style game with a color-blocked canvas tote conceptualized by Los Angeles-based design firm Gräf & Lantz, founded by Holger Gräf and Daniel Lantz. Though the silhouettes of the Graf & Lantz Boat Bags ($375 each at Graf-Lantz.com) nod to those of classic canvas boat totes, their shapes are softened so that they don’t appear quite as stiff and, instead, suggest malleability without sacrificing without sacrificing the overall form and structure.

Each Graf & Lantz bag measures 14″ in width, 12.5″ in height, and 7″ in depth, making it roomy enough to carry your beach essentials: towel, book, sunscreen, shades, and more. The bag’s body, meanwhile, features durable canvas in two contrasting colors — one shade for the main body (such as an eggshell white, a creamy beige, a moss green or a paprika orange) and another brighter hue for the top rectangle shape along the center strip (whether a punchy red, a crisp white or a smoky gray). The square shape below this canvas rectangle block on the center strip, meanwhile, is made of a vegetable tanned leather and features a barely noticeable slip pocket. The color-blocking effect is perfectly on trend, but it also transcends seasonal whims, making this the type of tote you’ll want to carry to all your summer destinations: be it the Hamptons, Playa del Carmen, or St. Tropez.

Aside from the modernized canvas color combinations, the biggest improvement is the addition of vegetable tanned leather for the bottom of the bag, the two vertical slithers along the center, and the slim, tubular handles.

I love the slightly crinkled texture of the leather and its amber sheen since it brightens the bag while also adding a necessary dose of sophistication to an otherwise casual accessory.

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