The new collection from Tanner Goods is all about salt, pepper, and dust. Lots of dust. A glimpse at their lookbook may trigger an asthma attack, but it does demonstrate the the durability of their bags made with a revived Swiss military fabric.
During WWII, the ever neutral Swiss couldn’t rely on other countries supplying cotton to outfit their own military. They instead developed their own textile woven from flax and nettle fibers, which was durable, lightweight, and gave the bags their flecked green color (see some examples of the original Swiss bags here).
The Swiss discontinued the its use in the 1970s and now Tanner is the first to offer it within the United States. They’ve made their entire bag collection in the fabric (Wilderness Rucksack, Nomad Duffle, Everyday Tote, Field Camera Bag, Drifter Dopp Kit and Stowaway Boot Bag) and coated them all in Durable Water Repellant to keep the elements off your cargo.
All of the above are available from $70-$550 at Tanner Goods.