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Outerwear and bag company made in Canada for men and women. Vintage uniforms are reinterpreted and fused with utilitarian innovative design details, that evolve from one season to the next.  Classic silhouettes are modernized in pursuit of acknowledging the thoughts and aspirations of the contemporary man and woman. 

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Krane Kare Program

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Waxed Cotton fabric has many good qualities associated with its make-up, however it is often puzzling how to clean it. Because this fabric is in our brand DNA, we feel it our responsibility to give you the breakdown.

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ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES

  1. water basin with wash rag

  2. saddle soap

  3. light spray cleanser

  4. high pressure garden hose

Now you’re equipped to execute the following steps!

Step 1.  Using the garden hose, give the coat a good coating of water to dampen it , and loosen the dirt build up over the years

Step 1.

Using the garden hose, give the coat a good coating of water to dampen it , and loosen the dirt build up over the years

Step 2.  Apply saddle soap with wash rag, using a spot wash technique through entire coat shell. Pay close attention to heavy perspiration areas. You want a spot wash technique as opposed to a scrubbing technique, to not remove the existing original waxed coating.

Step 2.

Apply saddle soap with wash rag, using a spot wash technique through entire coat shell. Pay close attention to heavy perspiration areas. You want a spot wash technique as opposed to a scrubbing technique, to not remove the existing original waxed coating.

Step 3.  Clean the wool lining of the coat with a light detergent spray, and finish off with a pressure water rinse

Step 3.

Clean the wool lining of the coat with a light detergent spray, and finish off with a pressure water rinse

Step 4.  Rinse off saddle soap application. With garden hose on highest pressure setting, rinse off all the soap.

Step 4.

Rinse off saddle soap application. With garden hose on highest pressure setting, rinse off all the soap.

Step 5.  Find a clean flat surface,and let coat dry in the sun flat. If this is not possible, you can also hang dry, and let the sun do its work.

Step 5.

Find a clean flat surface,and let coat dry in the sun flat. If this is not possible, you can also hang dry, and let the sun do its work.

plastic or composite fibre chairs are a nice clean surface for the coat to dry in also. Be sure to flip the coat periodically based on the strength of the heat.

plastic or composite fibre chairs are a nice clean surface for the coat to dry in also. Be sure to flip the coat periodically based on the strength of the heat.

Step 6.  Depending on original state of the waxed coating, (more often than not) you will want to get a fresh coat of wax applied to the coat. This is a service that we provide. It involves a thorough application of waxed coating over the entirety of the coat followed by a steam-setting process.    If this project sounds like more work than fun, we will be happy to recharge your Krane coats and bags for you.    Prices   longer coats   cleaning and waxing - $150  waxing only - $100   Shorter coats   cleaning and waxing - $105  waxing only - $65   messenger/backpacks   rewaxing - $50   larger rucksacks/duffle bags   $75  Cleaning service is only available until Sept. 20.  Waxing is available throughout.  Please send an email to info@kranedesign.com if any of these service spark your interest.

Step 6.

Depending on original state of the waxed coating, (more often than not) you will want to get a fresh coat of wax applied to the coat. This is a service that we provide. It involves a thorough application of waxed coating over the entirety of the coat followed by a steam-setting process.

If this project sounds like more work than fun, we will be happy to recharge your Krane coats and bags for you.

Prices

longer coats

cleaning and waxing - $150

waxing only - $100

Shorter coats

cleaning and waxing - $105

waxing only - $65

messenger/backpacks

rewaxing - $50

larger rucksacks/duffle bags

$75

Cleaning service is only available until Sept. 20. Waxing is available throughout. Please send an email to info@kranedesign.com if any of these service spark your interest.

So fresh and so clean with a new layer of wax to take on all the elements the unpredictable winter season will bring.

So fresh and so clean with a new layer of wax to take on all the elements the unpredictable winter season will bring.

NEW ! Small Batch Production Runs Are The New Mass

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It is fair to say that Climate change is not a farce and is a reality.  I do believe that this development is partly due to our actions as a human race.  The environment is a big concern for Krane, so I am stepping up and doing as much as I can (one step at a time), to be more conscious of our mother earth.

With this said, I have kept remnants of waxed cotton ends from the days of mass production, and found a good way to reuse them (as opposed to creating more landfill waste).  Introducing the AKI tech packs.  Only 17 of them were made and each one features a colour block pattern that is as individual as you are.  All made in-house in Canada.  

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Organize your tech chords and objects with this simple handsome zipped pouch; with separate smaller zip compartment to keep you even more organized. 

Organize your tech chords and objects with this simple handsome zipped pouch; with separate smaller zip compartment to keep you even more organized. 

Shop them here

Behind The Scenes Suit Bag Custom Order for Artist Alex Mcleod

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Recently I was commissioned by Artist Alex Mcleod to design a suit bag for his active travelling lifestyle.  He wanted something rugged and functional and classic in aesthetic, but also very modern.  This was a fun custom order, especially since I had been meaning to add this silhouette to the collection for some time.  

Alex gave me a list of his specifications, including brass hardware and a tan theme.  See images below highlighting key steps in the making of Alex's bag.  If you have a custom bag in mind, or modifications on current styles for yourself, I would love to hear from you.  Email info@kranedesign.com and someone will get back to you with further details.

 

The proposal for approval.

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This suit bag has a folding and hanging design component to it, so metal and fibre glass  bars are required to give it a solid structure.  These are all hand cut and drilled to specs.

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Process continues with pattern drafting and cutting of shell and lining materials.

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Hand stitching of handles and hardware straps proceeds, and then tooling of handles and hardware straps is knocked off the list

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And finally raw seams are hand bound.  

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Time for the big flip!

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final rivet zipper puller details are hand pressed.

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And done!  Final product is ready to ship out!