Utility Canvas: Gardiner Shop Creates Bags, Blankets, and Clothing Out of Canvas

Utility Canvas in Gardiner makes use of canvas for its totes, clothes, throws, and more



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As for the throw blankets or coverlets that I’m in need of: They are made of quilted canvas that’s “enzyme washed,” so the fabric is “soft enough to sleep with and sturdy enough to jump on,” the catalog claims. Coverlets (twin, queen or king) come in 11 solid colors. Throws, which are 54 by 68 inches, come in 15 colors from subdued khaki to a vivid indigo (for $135), or a range of printed patterns for $145. (I like Orange Thistle, but chocolate Amish floral or Aqua thistle might be best to disguise dog dirt).

The clothing line includes neat quilted jackets and coats, and some improbably light-looking sundresses, considering they’re made of such a durable material. The newest addition is upholstered sofas and chairs, which are custom-made by a California company and slip-covered in quilted canvas. All the canvas products are machine washable and tumble-dryable.

Two weeks ago, the couple opened a store in Greenwich Village. “And we just opened a store in Tokyo. It’s very exciting,” Jillian reports. “We’re having our sign repainted so that it says Utility Canvas: Gardiner, New York, Tokyo. Kind of cool.”

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