Wednesday, July 6, 2016

 Hard to believe it's already been 1.5 years since we released the Forestbound ESCAPE Canvas Utility Bag. Time flies! This bag has become our best seller and there are many of them out in the world being used and loved by our customers. I thought it might be nice to revisit the origins of the ESCAPE Bag and tell a bit more of its story .. 

I found the vintage canvas bag that inspired our ESCAPE Bag many years ago at my favorite Massachusetts flea market. When I'm scouring the aisles at flea markets, my eye immediately goes to old canvas. Sometimes this leads to digging through piles of junk to uncover something dingy that I take one look at and throw back immediately into the pile, but other times I uncover gold. I saw the corner of an old white canvas bag poking out from under a stack of fabric. When I tugged on the corner of the bag to get a better look, my heart dropped and it was love at first sight. This old, worn in canvas bag was perfect in itself, but the fact that it had 'escape' written across the front made it even better. 

I brought the bag home with me and cleaned it up with my other vintage canvas finds from the day - a good soak in the tub with Oxyclean, scrubbin' out the leftover dirt, and then hang on my clothesline to dry - and once it was dry I put it on the shelf in our living room next to a few of my other favorite old canvas tool bags. I get attached to old canvas bags and sometimes like to just admire them instead of use them every day. 

Over the next few years everyone who came over to my house commented on how great the canvas bag with 'escape' on the front was. I posted a photo on Instagram way early on (when I definitely overused filters and saturation) and people loved it there too. So then I thought, huh maybe I should make a version of this bag so people other than me can enjoy it. 

I sat with that idea for a few more years and during this time did hours of researching to try and find the origin of the vintage bag and maybe even hunt down a few more of them. With no tags anywhere on the bag to use as a reference point, I ended up coming up short. Finally in the fall of 2014 I reached out to a designer who I really admired, Mason McFee, to see if he would help me come up with the perfect font to use for my interpretation of the vintage canvas bag.

Over a number of weeks Mason and I went through a handful of revisions before he finally perfected the ESCAPE that we have now. Mason worked with letters that he found in old newspapers and tweaked them just right so that it felt like the perfect fit and feel for the bag that I wanted to create.

So there you have it! A long, rambling story about how the current ESCAPE Bag came to be. All of the bags I've created over the years with Forestbound have played a tribute to history and honored forgotten materials of the past. I like to think of our ESCAPE Bag as honoring the vintage one made decades ago and giving it a new life.  

Monday, June 13, 2016


I couldn't help myself! New England bag coming to the Forestbound online shop oh so soon .. 

Also, hi! Hope all of you who still read this blog are well. Hoping to start updating this thing more and more. So hope you'll continue to follow along!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Take it Easy this holiday season with our new special collection of bags and utility pouches. 

Running a small business during this time of year can be really, really overwhelming and exhausting. We love making bags for you all! But in between all the sewing we're trying our best to take it easy and make sure we get in quality time with our friends and family. 

So we thought maybe we'd take that sentiment and put it on some simple, no frills bags to share with all of you. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ESCAPE Bag by Forestbound

Love this photo of our ESCAPE Bag that Dana shot for Gus & Ruby's holiday photoshoot. If you're in New England and want to purchase our bags in person make sure to swing through Portsmouth and stop at Gus & Ruby!

But if you're not here in New England, we'll ship the above bag to you for a flat $5.00 starting now and going through December. For all our West Coast pals - that saves you almost $10.00! 

Thanks for reading our blog! And make sure you stay tuned for lots more good stuff coming this holiday season - remember our $50 tote bags? Well, they're coming back this year ...

Monday, September 28, 2015


It's taken me a number of years to figure out the best way to keep our apartment feeling open and minimal while still incorporating all the bulky old treasures that I collect along the way. I feel like I've finally achieved the balance that I've been searching for, and I'm really thrilled with how our home is looking and feeling these days. I love coming home in the evenings to soft light in the sitting room, or drinking coffee in the morning surrounded by happy plants and warm textiles.

Friday, September 4, 2015


 We're really excited to introduce our popular ESCAPE Canvas Utility Bag in khaki and black canvas. These bags are made from super sturdy 18oz canvas and are ready to carry everything you need for a weekend away. I personally stuff mine full with a few changes of clothes, the book I'm absorbed in at the time, and my toiletry bag. Fits all of that perfectly.

We're now offering monogramming on all colors of the ESCAPE Bag. Go on, you know you wanna personalize it ..

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


I started running around the time that my Dad was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). He had been a runner for 35 years but dementia would soon take away his ability to run like he used to - so I wanted to run for him. In the beginning, it helped me cope with all the emotions that came with learning that the person you love most in the world has a terminal illness. And for a few years that's all it was for me - a coping mechanism. I was sad, so I ran and thought about my dad.

When I decided to run my first marathon, the fundraising I did for an organization connected to the disease that my Dad was suffering from became a new form of coping. Where running helped me work through my own feelings, fundraising helped me connect with a larger community. It helped me get comfortable talking about his disease. And it helped me to keep moving forward every day when the weight of my Dad's illness seemed too much to bare. I couldn't cure him, but raising money and awareness might help someone else, somewhere, some day. Fundraising became a beacon of positive energy during the last few years of my Dad's life.

The idea for Long May They Run was born during this time. I had trained for two marathons at that point, and had successfully raised thousands of dollars for an organization that did so much for my family and the FTD community. Raising money and awareness about FTD turned into something very powerful and important for me. I wanted to continue to have fundraising be a part of my life, but felt that I couldn't keep on asking the same friends and family to give money over and over again every time I wanted to run a race.

The idea popped into my head, naturally - on a run, that I could develop a small company where 100% of the profits would go to charity. So that's just what I'm doing. Here's what Long May They Run is all about: To inspire, remember, and appreciate how lucky we are to have the bodies we have. Your body is yours, you can do whatever you want with it, and that truly is the most beautiful thing.

The concept of running for those who no longer can has been motivating me for years, and I know that it can motivate others too. Maybe you have a loved one, a friend, or a friend of a friend suffering from an illness that has taken away their ability to use their body .. or maybe you know someone who has passed away and you want to use running (or cycling, yoga, walking, weight lifting .. anything!) as a way of remembering them and paying tribute.

All of the profits from Long May They Run will be donated to the New Hampshire chapter of the ACLU. Other than his family and running - social justice was the most important part of my Dad's life. He had been working with and supporting the ACLU for over 40 years, starting with the ACLU's National Prison Project in the early 1970's. He's not here anymore to fight inequality and speak up for those without voices… so I'm going to support an organization that works for those things every day and do my best to continue his legacy.

This gear is for you to wear when you're taking a yoga class with your best friend or running a 5K in memory of a loved one who you've lost. Wear it and have it remind you that there are so many out there who would love to be using their legs, their arms, and their brains in the same way that we get to every single day. Have it motivate you to get out there and use your body for something more than yourself - for those you love and in memory of those who are no longer with us.