Twelve Days of Fontenelle Christmas - Artifact Bags


Artifact Bags is a company born out of the Great Recession.

“After college, I worked ordinary jobs until The Great Recession when, like many Americans, I lost my job. This created an opportunity to evaluate my place on earth, as well as my future. I created three lists: What are thing I love to do? What are the things I’m genuinely good at” What are the things I could make a living doing?”

With his list in front of him, Chris realized that he wanted to own his own business where he could design well-made American products with a nod to his passion for vintage military and utilitarian design. He wanted to create products that would help the craftspeople in his community. By December 2010 Artifact Bags was his full time job.

Artifact products are handmade in Omaha, Nebraska using domestically sourced materials whenever possible. Many products incorporate vintage, new old stock fabric and hardware. All products offer a lifetime guarantee against defects in workmanship or materials.

Chris has been a long time friend to the Fontenelle boys and we could not be happier to sell his amazing aprons and bags to the good people of Des Moines.