Haul It All

Kimberly Whitaker knows all about hauling stuff. As an interior designer for more than 25 years, she has lugged her share of fabric books, home accessories and paint samples to clients all over the Huntsville, Ala., region. When she needed a bag that was tough enough to carry a giant load yet chic enough to meet her design standards, Kimberly created her own. The Haul Couture cargo bag is oversized to carry a lot of gear, yet folds down flat for easy storage. It’s insulated, so you can tote picnic food or carry groceries. The exterior is made from designer upholstery fabric, and the interior is lined with water-resistant acetate for easy cleaning. For packing efficiency, Kimberly also created a system of stackable thin boards that you can layer in between the items you’re carrying for greater stability and protection. Whether you’re headed for a tailgating party, going shopping or commuting to work, there’s room for all your stuff. The Haul Couture cargo bag also makes a great carry-on option. You can fit a purse, snacks, electronics, books and extra clothes in a single bag that fits overhead or under the seat. It’s chic, versatile, and puts an end to juggling multiple smaller bags and cases.

Haul Couture

Insulated totes

Haul It All

Kimberly Whitaker knows all about hauling stuff. As an interior designer for more than 25 years, she has lugged her share of fabric books, home accessories and paint samples to clients all over the Huntsville, Ala., region. When she needed a bag that was tough enough to carry a giant load yet chic enough to meet her design standards, Kimberly created her own. The Haul Couture cargo bag is oversized to carry a lot of gear, yet folds down flat for easy storage. It’s insulated, so you can tote picnic food or carry groceries. The exterior is made from designer upholstery fabric, and the interior is lined with water-resistant acetate for easy cleaning. For packing efficiency, Kimberly also created a system of stackable thin boards that you can layer in between the items you’re carrying for greater stability and protection. Whether you’re headed for a tailgating party, going shopping or commuting to work, there’s room for all your stuff. The Haul Couture cargo bag also makes a great carry-on option. You can fit a purse, snacks, electronics, books and extra clothes in a single bag that fits overhead or under the seat. It’s chic, versatile, and puts an end to juggling multiple smaller bags and cases.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Will
    Will

    Hi Daily Grommet folks, get ready to "haul" your everyday life in style with the HC Cargo Bag! My name is Will Casey and I am VP of Marketing and Sales for Haul Couture. Our fully insulated designer tote has multiple uses and an organizational stacker system to help carry anything you desire. We are excited to be featured on Daily Grommet! I am here to answer any questions so please don't hesitate to ask.

  • Maureen Farinella
    Maureen Farinella
    1/13/2012 1:23 PM

    Hi Will,

    Are the bags priced differently exculsively based on the fabric or is there a size difference?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 1:31 PM

    @Maureen Farinella: Hi Maureen! All of the bags are the same size: 21" W X 15" Tall X 11" Deep. The difference in price does reflect the difference in cost of the fabrics used.

  • Maha
    Maha
    1/13/2012 2:00 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    The bags look fabulous. Can you list clearly the various fabrics that are use? Also, what about washability/shrinking? Thank you.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 2:20 PM

    @Maha: I am going to need Will's help explaining the differences. He is in and out of meetings today, but will respond as soon as he is able. They are all designer upholstery fabrics and you would spot clean them if they become soiled.

    Edit - Here is an additional description:

    1) Austin (Orange): Burnt Orange geometric Chenille fabric

    2) Gina (floral): Black with red/cream/khaki flowers on woven fabric

    3) Kala (Black and white): Brown/Black ginko leaves on khaki woven fabric

    4) Joe (Brown): Brown ultra suede

    5) Pamela (Zebra): Black/Cream Zebra Print on Indoor/outdoor fabric

    6) Leigh (red, brown, yellow): Orange/Red/Gold watercolor block on cotton print

    7) Vegas (grey X's): Brown and Khaki Backgammon pattern on woven fabric

    8) Wendy (cream): Taupe with criss cross ruffle on rayon fabric

    Kim has been in touch with us about the washability and she says that although they don't recommend it, they have had several customers who said they have put it in the washer. She recommends a simple spot clean with a mild detergent...i.e.Woolite, etc. She selects only the highest grade upholstery fabrics. You can use Scotchgard on the fabrics but she has never done so and has never had a cleaning issue and she uses hers every day!

  • donna
    donna
    1/13/2012 1:43 PM

    Hi, Is the color of the strap and trim black on all of them? Can't quite tell from the pictures. Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 3:24 PM

    @donna: Yes, they are all black.

  • Gwen Goodin
    Gwen Goodin
    1/13/2012 1:55 PM

    You have a great looking product, but seriously $165 in our economy today? I'm fairly certain that NO tote is worth this amount of money, insulated or not!

  • Will
    Will – Special Guest
    1/13/2012 3:41 PM

    @Gwen Goodin: We realize that our cargo bags are more expensive than most totes. We only select high end upholstery fabric which places the bag into a more expensive range. We feel that there are plenty of totes that are made from inexpensive fabrics and are also cheaply made. Our bags are heavy duty, and have multiple uses from food carrying to travel on an airplane. Because of its durability and many applications, this bag is viewed as luggage instead of your common tote bag. I hope this helps explain how our bags differ from other totes!

  • ML
    ML
    1/14/2012 10:05 AM

    @Gwen Goodin: I agree. was about to buy a couple of them, thinking they were around $80., but $165.?! I love fabric and am in retail so I know prices and think these are steep. They should max out at $125.

  • Mindy
    Mindy
    1/13/2012 2:33 PM

    I have one of their bags, and I like the durability and the strength of the bag and the handles. If you think about this as luggage, then the price is not unreasonable. But you do have to have a use for it. If you do lots of tailgating or you often have to bring multiple dishes to family events, this is a life saver. And i love that it folds flat and is very easy to store.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 2:47 PM

    @Mindy: Thanks for sharing your experience with the Haul Couture. It makes sense that the value of the bag is dependent on your need for it.

    @Gail: One other aspect of this company's story that ended up on the Daily Grommet cutting room floor is that they set up production of the bags in Guatamala in order to provide fair wages for a needy workforce. It is important to the founder Kim to maintain her commitment to that community and the high quality work they do, so she has resisted finding the cheapest labor sources. Sorry we did not share that before.

  • Anita
    Anita
    1/14/2012 1:33 PM

    @Mindy: Your comment intrigues me, as I noticed one of the photos appeared to have several dishes stacked inside. Obviously the bag would need to be carried flat on its side instead of upright in that event. Does it lend itself to carrying easily in this manner? Or is it awkward? Do you just balance it on your arm? I'm guessing the inserts keep it steady in the trunk or backseat of the car when you have food inside?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/14/2012 3:22 PM

    @Anita: That picture is a little confusing...it is taken sideways to show the concept of using the stacking system, but actually you would use the stacking system with the bag sitting upright. You can get a better sense of how this works at about the 20 second mark in the video.

  • Lori
    Lori
    1/14/2012 2:25 PM

    I travel at least twice a month and am always looking for a better bag as I carry on only. It is great to see a bag that will hold so much and in an organized way if one uses it properly, but where are the wheels? I can't carry 75lbs! If I am carrying it out to a car or bus or subway, struggling with the weight would be a bit tricky. They are beautiful bags if you have someone to carry them for you.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    1/14/2012 5:20 PM

    @Lori: The way I'd see that 75 pounds is this. When you need it, you know the bag has been built for that load. In your case it'd be exceptional...an occasional weekend use like hauling food for a tailgate. But for your ordinary travels, carrying clothes, shoes, toiletries, you won't come anywhere near 75 pounds if you load it up. So it could still work for you. I think the founder's story about how she wanted a really tough bag to carry design samples influenced her emphasis on the weight capacity of the bag. Few of us could haul (pun intended) 75 pounds without a personal valet or Arnold Schwarzenegger. :)

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    1/14/2012 6:12 PM

    At first I didn't realize how much use I get out of this Haul Couture bag. When we go away for a weekend, I tend to take food so we don't have to eat out much. I will take a frozen dish like a lasagna and pack this first on the bottom. Next to the lasagna, I even have room for other items that need to stay cool. Then I use one or two of the stacking inserts and place all the dry goods on top of the lasagna. I pack this in one very attractive bag, rather than several paper shopping bags (that when the lasagna starts to thaw inevitably rip).

    Plus, I will use the Haul Couture bag also for a weekend/overnight bag -- using the stacking system inserts to keep my shoes away from my clothes or to separate work out clothes from other items.

    And . . . for the 75 lbs -- if I fill it with that much food/gear, then I'll have my husband carry it. It is nice to know that it can carry much more weight than I will ever need!

  • lisa
    lisa
    2/15/2012 7:27 AM

    these are amazing. but the average person. like me. couldnt afford them. any chance the price would come down?

  • Will Casey
    Will Casey
    2/16/2012 2:59 AM

    @lisa: Lisa, we are working on securing new manufacturing options. Unfortunately, at this time, the pricing must remain the same. But, we continue to search daily for new options that would help with production costs. Thanks for your comment! -Will

  • Megan
    Megan
    2/15/2012 6:38 PM

    Any chance you would have a diaper bag coming out soon?!? Love the designs and I know a lot of moms that are always looking for a stylish diaper bag!

  • Will Casey
    Will Casey
    2/16/2012 2:55 AM

    @Megan: Thanks for your feedback! We actually sell many of these Cargo bags as a mommy tote. Most moms know that the standard size diaper bag is never big enough for everything they must carry through the day. Since the bags are insulated, you can even keep bottles & baby food in our totes! There are many new baby patterns in the works! Thanks again for your thoughts and ideas. -Will

  •  callie
    callie
    10/12/2012 11:02 AM

    I need to see a picture of any styles offered where the wheels are more visible! Also, are they pivoting wheels?

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Haul Couture

Insulated totes

Haul It All

Kimberly Whitaker knows all about hauling stuff. As an interior designer for more than 25 years, she has lugged her share of fabric books, home accessories and paint samples to clients all over the Huntsville, Ala., region. When she needed a bag that was tough enough to carry a giant load yet chic enough to meet her design standards, Kimberly created her own.

The Haul Couture cargo bag is oversized to carry a lot of gear, yet folds down flat for easy storage. It’s insulated, so you can tote picnic food or carry
groceries. The exterior is made from designer upholstery fabric, and the interior is lined with water-resistant acetate for easy cleaning. For packing efficiency, Kimberly also created a system of stackable thin boards that you can layer in between the items you’re carrying for greater stability and protection.

Whether you’re headed for a tailgating party, going shopping or commuting to work, there’s room for all your stuff. The Haul Couture cargo bag also makes a great carry-on option. You can fit a purse, snacks, electronics, books and extra clothes in a single bag that fits overhead or under the seat. It’s chic, versatile, and puts an end to juggling multiple smaller bags and cases.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Will
    Will

    Hi Daily Grommet folks, get ready to "haul" your everyday life in style with the HC Cargo Bag! My name is Will Casey and I am VP of Marketing and Sales for Haul Couture. Our fully insulated designer tote has multiple uses and an organizational stacker system to help carry anything you desire. We are excited to be featured on Daily Grommet! I am here to answer any questions so please don't hesitate to ask.

  • Maureen Farinella
    Maureen Farinella
    1/13/2012 1:23 PM

    Hi Will,

    Are the bags priced differently exculsively based on the fabric or is there a size difference?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 1:31 PM

    @Maureen Farinella: Hi Maureen! All of the bags are the same size: 21" W X 15" Tall X 11" Deep. The difference in price does reflect the difference in cost of the fabrics used.

  • Maha
    Maha
    1/13/2012 2:00 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    The bags look fabulous. Can you list clearly the various fabrics that are use? Also, what about washability/shrinking? Thank you.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 2:20 PM

    @Maha: I am going to need Will's help explaining the differences. He is in and out of meetings today, but will respond as soon as he is able. They are all designer upholstery fabrics and you would spot clean them if they become soiled.

    Edit - Here is an additional description:

    1) Austin (Orange): Burnt Orange geometric Chenille fabric

    2) Gina (floral): Black with red/cream/khaki flowers on woven fabric

    3) Kala (Black and white): Brown/Black ginko leaves on khaki woven fabric

    4) Joe (Brown): Brown ultra suede

    5) Pamela (Zebra): Black/Cream Zebra Print on Indoor/outdoor fabric

    6) Leigh (red, brown, yellow): Orange/Red/Gold watercolor block on cotton print

    7) Vegas (grey X's): Brown and Khaki Backgammon pattern on woven fabric

    8) Wendy (cream): Taupe with criss cross ruffle on rayon fabric

    Kim has been in touch with us about the washability and she says that although they don't recommend it, they have had several customers who said they have put it in the washer. She recommends a simple spot clean with a mild detergent...i.e.Woolite, etc. She selects only the highest grade upholstery fabrics. You can use Scotchgard on the fabrics but she has never done so and has never had a cleaning issue and she uses hers every day!

  • donna
    donna
    1/13/2012 1:43 PM

    Hi, Is the color of the strap and trim black on all of them? Can't quite tell from the pictures. Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 3:24 PM

    @donna: Yes, they are all black.

  • Gwen Goodin
    Gwen Goodin
    1/13/2012 1:55 PM

    You have a great looking product, but seriously $165 in our economy today? I'm fairly certain that NO tote is worth this amount of money, insulated or not!

  • Will
    Will – Special Guest
    1/13/2012 3:41 PM

    @Gwen Goodin: We realize that our cargo bags are more expensive than most totes. We only select high end upholstery fabric which places the bag into a more expensive range. We feel that there are plenty of totes that are made from inexpensive fabrics and are also cheaply made. Our bags are heavy duty, and have multiple uses from food carrying to travel on an airplane. Because of its durability and many applications, this bag is viewed as luggage instead of your common tote bag. I hope this helps explain how our bags differ from other totes!

  • ML
    ML
    1/14/2012 10:05 AM

    @Gwen Goodin: I agree. was about to buy a couple of them, thinking they were around $80., but $165.?! I love fabric and am in retail so I know prices and think these are steep. They should max out at $125.

  • Mindy
    Mindy
    1/13/2012 2:33 PM

    I have one of their bags, and I like the durability and the strength of the bag and the handles. If you think about this as luggage, then the price is not unreasonable. But you do have to have a use for it. If you do lots of tailgating or you often have to bring multiple dishes to family events, this is a life saver. And i love that it folds flat and is very easy to store.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 2:47 PM

    @Mindy: Thanks for sharing your experience with the Haul Couture. It makes sense that the value of the bag is dependent on your need for it.

    @Gail: One other aspect of this company's story that ended up on the Daily Grommet cutting room floor is that they set up production of the bags in Guatamala in order to provide fair wages for a needy workforce. It is important to the founder Kim to maintain her commitment to that community and the high quality work they do, so she has resisted finding the cheapest labor sources. Sorry we did not share that before.

  • Anita
    Anita
    1/14/2012 1:33 PM

    @Mindy: Your comment intrigues me, as I noticed one of the photos appeared to have several dishes stacked inside. Obviously the bag would need to be carried flat on its side instead of upright in that event. Does it lend itself to carrying easily in this manner? Or is it awkward? Do you just balance it on your arm? I'm guessing the inserts keep it steady in the trunk or backseat of the car when you have food inside?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/14/2012 3:22 PM

    @Anita: That picture is a little confusing...it is taken sideways to show the concept of using the stacking system, but actually you would use the stacking system with the bag sitting upright. You can get a better sense of how this works at about the 20 second mark in the video.

  • Lori
    Lori
    1/14/2012 2:25 PM

    I travel at least twice a month and am always looking for a better bag as I carry on only. It is great to see a bag that will hold so much and in an organized way if one uses it properly, but where are the wheels? I can't carry 75lbs! If I am carrying it out to a car or bus or subway, struggling with the weight would be a bit tricky. They are beautiful bags if you have someone to carry them for you.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    1/14/2012 5:20 PM

    @Lori: The way I'd see that 75 pounds is this. When you need it, you know the bag has been built for that load. In your case it'd be exceptional...an occasional weekend use like hauling food for a tailgate. But for your ordinary travels, carrying clothes, shoes, toiletries, you won't come anywhere near 75 pounds if you load it up. So it could still work for you. I think the founder's story about how she wanted a really tough bag to carry design samples influenced her emphasis on the weight capacity of the bag. Few of us could haul (pun intended) 75 pounds without a personal valet or Arnold Schwarzenegger. :)

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    1/14/2012 6:12 PM

    At first I didn't realize how much use I get out of this Haul Couture bag. When we go away for a weekend, I tend to take food so we don't have to eat out much. I will take a frozen dish like a lasagna and pack this first on the bottom. Next to the lasagna, I even have room for other items that need to stay cool. Then I use one or two of the stacking inserts and place all the dry goods on top of the lasagna. I pack this in one very attractive bag, rather than several paper shopping bags (that when the lasagna starts to thaw inevitably rip).

    Plus, I will use the Haul Couture bag also for a weekend/overnight bag -- using the stacking system inserts to keep my shoes away from my clothes or to separate work out clothes from other items.

    And . . . for the 75 lbs -- if I fill it with that much food/gear, then I'll have my husband carry it. It is nice to know that it can carry much more weight than I will ever need!

  • lisa
    lisa
    2/15/2012 7:27 AM

    these are amazing. but the average person. like me. couldnt afford them. any chance the price would come down?

  • Will Casey
    Will Casey
    2/16/2012 2:59 AM

    @lisa: Lisa, we are working on securing new manufacturing options. Unfortunately, at this time, the pricing must remain the same. But, we continue to search daily for new options that would help with production costs. Thanks for your comment! -Will

  • Megan
    Megan
    2/15/2012 6:38 PM

    Any chance you would have a diaper bag coming out soon?!? Love the designs and I know a lot of moms that are always looking for a stylish diaper bag!

  • Will Casey
    Will Casey
    2/16/2012 2:55 AM

    @Megan: Thanks for your feedback! We actually sell many of these Cargo bags as a mommy tote. Most moms know that the standard size diaper bag is never big enough for everything they must carry through the day. Since the bags are insulated, you can even keep bottles & baby food in our totes! There are many new baby patterns in the works! Thanks again for your thoughts and ideas. -Will

  •  callie
    callie
    10/12/2012 11:02 AM

    I need to see a picture of any styles offered where the wheels are more visible! Also, are they pivoting wheels?

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.