Handmade in the Heartland: Artifact Bags

Posted at 8:44 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 21:53:31-05

Artifact Bags started 6 years ago in the basement of Omaha dad Chris Hughes and today he's been featured in the New York times and GQ.

The definition of an artificat is an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest and inside the workshop for artifact bags whether it's cut

These objects are made by human beings, all by hand. 

Looking up at the walls of the workshop, you get a really good feel for Chris Hughes, maker of artifact bags.

This business, started from a love of relics.

“I still have a love for soldiers and cowboys, I love movies and the history and the look and that is something that has always carried with me,” he said.

So in 2010, when the recession hit and Hughes had the option for a career change.

“I just got really interested into the idea of creating my own company where I design, manufacture and market my own product,” he added.

Taking a leap of faith, well, you could say he had it in the bag. Fast forward to today. Six employees help make the hundreds of bags on backorder this time of year.

Artifact's bags and aprons are high end.

The quality leather, canvas, and materials are made to last. Hughes even offers a lifetime guarantee.

All aspects that will likely lead to that second part of that definition.

"I strive to make my product be its own artifact. Where someone is using it for their entire life and its bequeathed to somebody else to use,” Hughes said. 

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