Think of the most used feature of your Garrison Bag: Is it one of the six pockets, the internal key clip, or possibly the sturdy waxed canvas that can take the toughest abuse while allowing you to carry anything? Chances are it’s none of these, but rather an often-overlooked element of its design—the handle.
All Garrison handles are stitched right here at the Winter Session Outpost in Denver, Colorado. We pours hours into the handle-making process. From punching holes, to water molding each piece, to the actual stitching and riveting; it’s a hands-on process with input from each member of our team.
Stitching involves placing each piece of cowhide into a stitching “pony” that holds it steady while we work. Then, we thread our needles and begin transforming the thick piece of leather into a durable handle. After cutting away excess thread, we shape the handle, match it with a similarly colored mate, and use a bench-top riveter to attach it to a Garrison body.
Why do we focus so much energy into this single element of our product? Simply said, the handle is the first and last thing touched on a bag. They contact your body more often than any other feature and we want each of those experiences to leave you with a feeling of quality and sturdy longevity. That’s why we’ve experimented over the years with numerous designs and finally landed on one made of vegetable tanned cowhide, die cut, punched, hand stitched, and hand riveted. It means that each Garrison handle you see underwent five distinct processes. We think this effort is a small price to pay to make something you’ll want to hold thousands of times.
See below for pictures of our very first handle design compared to our current:
#MURALSTREEP AT THE OUTPOST
As the snow fell on Thursday night, Jan 30th, people began trickling in to The Winter Session Outpost in Denver to celebrate the unveiling of our new mural by Mountain vs Plains aka Paul Michel. Emboldened by hot toddies, visitors ventured out in short bursts to admire the woodland scene now gracing our southern wall. We asked Michel, a local artist better known for pen and ink drawings, if he’d be interested in trying something new by livening up our blank outer wall. He did a phenomenal job and we’re so happy to play host to his first mural project.
Inside The Outpost, we filled our workspace with friends, laughter, and the signature Colorado sounds of Patrick Dethlefs. A big thanks to all who joined us for #muralstreep and if you missed out, you can catch Patrick live on March 7th at Swallow Hill Music and come see the mural in person anytime: 2952 Welton St.
When asked about his mural experience Michel stated, “I loved the experience. Winter Session purchased pretzels to feed me all week while I painted. They went with Rold’s Gold, a name I trust.”
*mural photo by Ross Evertson