Handmade in Italy. Designed to wander the Seven Seas.
Fede Surfbags® is a small brand of unique surf and travel bags. Built for adventure, salty trips and daily beach-going.
Federica Ubertone designs and chooses the materials for all of the bags. The sewing is in the hand of wise tailors and sometimes hand-sewn by Federica as well. All is happening in a little town by the sea near Rome, Italy, where Fede can get the most consistent material and expert advices for construction.
“Before being a bag-maker, I’m a surfer and a traveller with a conscious environmental mind. My brand is a set of surf and travel bags designed to meet a simple directive: no two trips are the same, and the best bag can adapt to them all… It’s so rewarding to see Fede Surfbags traveling miles and miles around the world with my customers, still holding-up pretty good with all the hand-painted design on place!”
The first product of our small lab, back in 2015, was the surfbag, a hand-painted canvas beach-bag made to last and to protect your surfboard from delam bubbles, chinese wax jobs and transit-provoked dings.
Each surfbag is made-to-order, which means that the bag is made on size and shape of your surfboard. The Artwork is painted by hand by Federica with traditional coloring process. So each bag is a piece of art and customized just for you! Learn more (FAQ)
Each Fede Surfbags is one of a kind and made with salty vibration under fairtrade working condition.
THE HANDPAINTED COLLECTION is possibly our most important collection as it is our distinctive signature of uniqueness. Created to encourage and support the art of painting on textiles. This collection of newly hand-dyed fabric is made custom and created on a small-batch scale, ensuring attention to detail and quality of the highest standard.
THE SEVEN SEAS COLLECTION is a parallel collection made while on the road. Our brand is handmade in Italy, but it is deeply connected to surfing & traveling. In 2017 we travelled to Sri Lanka, to experiment new collaboration with local textile artisans. There we made a workshop to learn the Batik technique. The results were few pieces of batik with travel inspired designs (on blog). This is just the beginning of Fede Surfbags adventure on the road… it is a present development of our limited edition bags, made also to empower small community around the world.
THE CLASSIC COLLECTION consists of bags made with color combo of italian cotton canvas. Our classic is unique: we ‘scribble’ on the canvas, we add macrame details, we hand-embroider some part and so on. Going on fabric runs is one of the funnest parts of getting to make canvas bags. We source deadstock, mostly cotton, from warehouses in Rome. Deadstock is remanant fabric leftovers from larger brands. It could do easily go to waste, but certain fabric stores buy it to resell. There are a lot of chemical-intensive secrets in the fashion industry, but this way of reusing what already exists is a great way for small brands to make limited edition products and ensure fabric does not end up in landfills.
ONE OF A KIND COLLECTION consists of products constructed using curated vintage fabrics purchased responsibly. We always select high quality pieces and pay fair premium prices for the fabrics that become the exterior of our bags and accessories. We carefully curate each piece of fabric and do not buy them in bulk. They are then washed and laced with vegan leather or cotton to make them more durable for your everyday use.