Capturing Chicago's history, stories, people and creators
When you walk down North Ravenswood Avenue, you will begin to notice the large warehouses that line the street to one side and the train tracks to the other. This is all part of the historic Ravenswood industrial corridor, which dates back to the early 20th century. Hundreds of factories employing thousands of workers were producing wallpaper, typewriters, musical bells, electrical supplies and much more. While not as busy as it once was, local manufacturing is still very much alive in the area and DEFY is another proud Chicago company.
Chris Tag founded the manufacturing company in 2008 with the desire to design the best possible products and then make them using the best materials. DEFY specializes in bags, which include everything from backpacks to travel, and tote to messenger bags.
Quality is everything for DEFY, each product uses the highest quality material and accessories available. They frequently utilize recycled military materials to construct their products. Tarpaulins, parachutes and canvas camouflage were chosen for their durability and texture.
DEFY also manufactures a range of Horween Leather bags. Horween Leather is a tannery located right here in Chicago and is regarded as one of the best in the world. If you have ever touched an official NFL or NBA ball that's Horween Leather. Take a close look at the leather and you'll see why it's held in such high regard.
Every DEFY product is made in Chicago and built to last. If you ask the staff how their bags look after years of everyday use, they will proudly show you their own personal bag and passionately tell you its story. Watch the following video with Chris to learn a little more about DEFY and the story behind each product.