John W Hulme and his brother found themselves agreeing to a business deal to make tents for the looming war. Along with their expertise in making awnings, they were eager to do their part for the war effort. From the time they started the company to the early 1920s, tents and awnings were the main focus of the business.
J.W. Hulme Co. remained actively involved in the production of large heavy duty canvas tents highly sought after in times of war. As the need for canvas tents waned following the wars, the company turned its attention to providing awnings for the elite. J.W. Hulme Co. also began to design and manufacture canvas and leather bags and accessories for Minnesota sporting hunters.
Fast-Forward to 1975
J.W. Hulme Co. was purchased by Norton Cross and a new phase of interesting historical development began. Norton – being an avid outdoorsman - kept the canvas awning business going while designing and beginning the manufacturing of sporting duffles. Based on the old duffles his grandfather had shown him, Norton created a line of canvas carrying bags.
Fast-Forward to 2003
J.W. Hulme Co. was purchased by Chuck Bidwell and Jen Guarino. They quickly re-established J.W. Hulme Co.’s commitment to top quality and Made in USA products with the promise to keep all design and production in the US. They furthered their commitment by backing the products with a lifetime guarantee and offering unsurpassed customer service.
Each bag comes with a lifetime guarantee
You may return any bag with defect or normal use damage, and J.W. Hulme will either repair in a presentable fashion, or if not possible replace it at no charge including shipping. Non-normal damage such as dog-chewing, will be repaired at cost.
The J.W. Hulme Co. collection ranges from duffle bags to brief cases to sporting and hunting gear. J.W. Hulme Co., which has been in St Paul, Minnesota for over 100 years, has 25 employees.
Available in store & coming soon to our online shop
This style (women's only) was introduced at Lark last month and got sold out so quickly! Now THEY ARE BACK in stock!
We also have a new style for women called Galathee which is a similar fit to Huitriere, but it is made with lightweight cotton jersey, perfect for summer. The Galathee is not yet available online so you'll have to visit us, or send us an email.
Lark is a clothing store for men and women that is run by people with a mad passion for quality, history and the desire to live well. The shop is not only about brands, but also about the carefully curated Lark aesthetic.