David Keyte of Universal Works discovered Millican bags after finding out about their namesake Millican Dalton. Self-styled “Professor of Adventure”, this eccentric outdoorsman from the English Lake District lived a life of simplicity as a mountain-guide in a Borrowdale cave in the early 1900s.
“Universal Works’ products are inspired by people practically using their garments every day – real honest menswear”, says David. “Our garments are universal in their appeal, easy enough to work for men in everyday settings at work and play. Millican’s no-nonsense, functional and sustainable approach completely fits with this. Together we’ve created a great capsule of what a contemporary man might need for his everyday use.”
Both brands share a passion for honest tradition with simplicity at its core, while producing modern, functional goods that will last and become long time favourites.
The SS/13 capsule collection is inspired by classic carry solutions, incorporates modern functionality and is made with sustainable materials – organic canvas, hemp, recycled polyester and vegetable-tanned leather. Universal Works have reinterpreted Millican’s Courier Bag and Daypack, and designed two new silhouettes, a Shopper and a Holdall.
Jorrit Jorritsma, co-founder of Millican, describes what’s new for SS/13, the 2nd instalment of this long term collaboration: “A core principle of sustainability is longevity. We’ve therefore built on last season’s styles and experimented with a new material – a 100% recycled polyester in Seagull Grey. Tried and tested in the outdoor industry, with a waterproof PU1500 coating. Despite its technical nature, it has a soft and understated feel to it and really complements the organic canvas version of the same styles in Antique Bronze.”