Minneapolis-based Spring Finn & Co. keeps its manufacturing local
Need something satisfyingly rugged to hold your pens, documents, and e-reader? Twelve inches across, this sturdy zipped pouch (dubbed "The Cartographer") has plenty of space, is made of waxed canvas, and features a front pocket cut from vegetable-tanned leather. No need to worry about wear and tear here, just a beautiful patina for the canvas to develop over time. Selling for about $60, the pouch is handcrafted not in Asia or South America, but in small workshops in the Twin Cities by Spring Finn & Co., based in Minneapolis and founded by designer Talin Spring in 2010. Its bags and leather accessories can be found at springfinnandco.com and at such unusual venues as NorthernGrade (the roving pop-up men's market) and the Mill City Farmers Market.