War Games: KILLSPENCER Bags

In the Curl // Johnie Gall // 05/24/12
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Denim Trainmaster overalls by Silver Jeans Co.; All Bags by KILLSPENCER
Denim Trainmaster overalls by Silver Jeans Co.; All Bags by KILLSPENCER

You wouldn't know it now, but just a few years ago Spencer Nikosey had no clue how to sew a stitch. Trained to draw in art school, it was during a fieldtrip to the American Military Museum that he spotted a truck tarp that became the catalyst for a career change—and the purchase of an industrial sewing machine.

“I talked the museum curator into letting me have a tarp,” says Spencer. “It was dirty, heavy and had spiders in it, but I hosed it down and cut it up then I sat down and taught myself to sew. I still have that first bag.”

That everlasting quality is present in every one of KillSpencer’s made-in-LA bags, most constructed from historical fabrics like U.S. Air Force issue parachutes and Korean War era twill.

“These materials are waterproof and virtually indestructible,” explains Spencer. “They’re ‘have it forever’ bags.”



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Originally published in June/July 2012


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