Fitzroy Grip overnight bag & Helen of Troy

Fitzroy Grip overnight bag in cotton canvas

The Fitzroy Grip overnight bag is made from durable cotton canvas and there is a story behind this.  Helen of Troy was famous for being the face that launched a thousand ships but they certainly wouldn’t have sailed anywhere without slaves at the oars or sails on the masts. In those days, slaves were far cheaper than the sailcloth that was laboriously woven from linen or flax. Over the centuries, this material, known as canvas from the Greek word for Hemp, powered the great age of sail, the hemp finally giving way to cotton in the early 19th century.

Fitzroy Grip overnight bag in Moorland, Moss, Hemp Brown and Port cotton canvas
Fitzroy overnight bag in cotton canvas
Fitzroy overnight bag in cotton canvas
Fitzroy overnight bag in cotton canvas

Fitzroy overnight bag in cotton canvas

For the Fitzroy Grip overnight bag we continue to use this ancient technology in our cotton canvas. This lightweight holdall is sturdy and light, yet built to last. Complete with shoulder strap, internal zipped pocket and leather luggage label it is now available in four fabulously organic colours, Moorland, Moss, Hemp Brown and Port. It really is the perfect bag for a weekend trip or even a short break to Troy.

Back to Helen of Troy. She was considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world. Born to Zeus and Leda, she had many suitors and whilst still very young she became Queen of Laconia, when she married the Spartan King Menelaus. It is said that a number of suitors didn’t think that her marriage barred them from continuing their quest for her. Prince Paris of Troy was no exception. It is unclear whether Helen’s  involvement with Paris was an abduction or a seduction on his part, but however it came to be, it resulted in the Trojan War. Her beauty inspired many artists and her temperament has been depicted as wistful and sorrowful by some and a flirtatious looker by others. Much has been written about her, with sources contradicting her rise and fall, her list of suitors and what they did and didn’t do.

Suffice it to say that none of us really know if Helen of Troy did sail anywhere at all. What we do know for sure, is that the cotton canvas of the 2017 Fitzroy Grip overnight bag is a direct descendant of the sailcloth used over 2000 years ago and that’s quite something.