Rugged Cotton Canvas: “The Toughest Fabric Known”

Thumb through any vintage L.L.Bean catalog and you’ll find lots of great items made from heavy-duty cotton canvas, starting with the Original Field Coat from 1924.

Originally called “duck” after the Dutch word “doek,” meaning cloth, cotton canvas has been used since the 1800s in traditional sails, work clothes and even in the first “duck” tape. The reason Leon Leonwood Bean chose to use this material in one of his signature products? It’s as tough as a Maine winter and lasts even longer. Here’s what L.L. himself had to say about the Field Coat’s fabric in our 1924 catalog: “Briars and underbrush will not snag this material. It is the toughest fabric known.”

Just like our Original Field Coat, our new Field Canvas Bags are built from rugged cotton canvas and packed with features that will never go out of style. Tough 12 oz. canvas ensures they will stand up to years of riding on baggage carousels, sharing room with skis in rooftop luggage boxes and being stuffed into overhead carry-on bins. Flannel plaid lining, antiqued nickel hardware and leather accents complete the retro look. Padded compartments for laptops and phones highlight that these bags are also built to meet today’s demands.

“Bean’s famous Field Coat in a bag.”
–L.L.Bean customer

No matter where your travels take you, our Field Canvas Bags will be dependable and durable companions along the way. And just like the Field Coat, they’re built for the long haul, ready for year after year of adventure.


  1. Mike from Düsseldorf | March 25, 2014 | 5:02 am

    I’ve ordered the duffle yesterday and must say, that I’m pretty excited!

    • Laurie | L.L.Bean | March 25, 2014 | 10:44 am

      Hi Mike – Thanks for your order. We hope you love your new L.L.Bean duffle. ^LB

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