Aug 22, 2012
Presenting the Kamp Kit from Winter Session and Buckshot Sonny’s.
What we have here is an update of the actual dopp kit Max took to summer camp from 1990 to 1993.
Though his was falling apart, the small blue nylon toiletry bag Max’s mother packed for him remained his go-to while traveling for more than twenty years. Throughout those twenty years, he’s received other, nicer dopp kits, but they’ve either been too large or oddly shaped. And since the formation of the TSA and the 3-1-1 rule which states all liquids must be in 3.4 ounce bottles in a single zip-lock baggie, Max found he needed less and less, and this narrow, basic kit did the trick.
I love you. Chainstitched.
Kool Kan Koozie at work.
The original and the parts of Max's prototype complete with patches from his childhood.
Inside, in his mother’s handwriting, it reads “Max Wastler - K1” only “Max” had been covered by the name of his brother “Ben” and K1 had miraculously morphed into K4 and finally K7, denoting the three levels of “kamp” Max and Ben experienced. And to this very day, this perfectly-sized dopp kit has remained Max’s go-to on every trip, whether it was for a weekend away or for a year living out of his backpack.
He reached out to his friends Tanya Fleisher and Roy Katz at Winter Session to see about building a sturdier version of his trusted kit. They set aside vintage military webbing and US-made brass Talon zippers. Adding to it a cotton canvas and a waxed cotton liner, the new kit was nearly complete.
“What do you guys think about making a leather patch with a summer camp wood type font to really set this thing off?”
“Sounds good” they said in unison.
“Can you spell it 'Kamp Kit,' like my kamp did?”
“Yes, we can.”
And so a classic was reborn: The Kamp Kit from Winter Session and Buckshot Sonny’s.
These will be released as limited editions. For our initial offering, we decided to release the platonic ideal of what we set out for this kit to be. It is heavy duty and as American as they come, with vintage and new parts made in the US, in good ol' red, white, and blue.
Get ‘em while the getting’s good.