THE ORIGINAL
ON THE STREET SINCE 1947...

MOTT STREET STORE
      
We are proud to carry on the Tradition Frank De Martini started over 60 years ago. We remain committed to Frank's original designs, and are excited to offer new products sewn with the same high quality craftmanship and materials. At De Martini Globe Canvas WE ARE THE FACTORY.


DEMARTINI LOGO CIRCA 1997

THE BEGINNING

 

        In 1947, After honing his skills as Sail Maker at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during World War II, Frank De Martini started the De Martini Globe Canvas Co.. Originally Globe Canvas was a sail manufacturing and repair shop, but as advances in the sail making industry put many small sail shops out of business, Frank began filling orders for bags, aprons, covers, and awnings. His designs were practical and durable, and stood up to real work. Customers included the NY phone companies, Airborn Air freight, and the New York Subway Advertising Co.. As Frank put it once... ''If it's made of canvas, like the sign says outside, we'll make it.''


FRANK SEWING IN HIS SHOP


VINTAGE 3601 MAGENTA CANVAS MOTT STREET STORE VINTAGE 3600 BROWN CANVAS



THE ORIGINAL

                 

     In 1965, Frank introduced a bag he had made earlier for the phone company to the bicycle messenger industry. Soon bag making began to replace apron, tent, and awning work. Although Frank still made bags for Airborne Air Freight, Columbia Pictures and The New York Subways Advertising Co., most bags became the exclusive domain of bicycle messengers. As the bicycle courier industry grew, his bags gained approval and soon messenger companies took interest. Among the first customers were Coleman Younger, Can Couriers and Meyers Messenger.

     Through the 70’S messenger bag popularity increased with the continued success of the bicycle courier business. By 1977 companies began requesting exclusive colors. Mobil Messenger, City Cycle, Elite, and Wheelwise all rode with colors specific to their courier shop.  During this time a Globe Canvas bag was the only bike messenger bag readily available to a growing number of bike messengers in New York City. As cities around the world took their cue from New York, De Martini Messengers found their way to Europe and Asia.

     The 80’S brought many new customers as New Yorkers found value in messenger bags. By 1986 De Martini had expanded the line with two similar but smaller sizes. Most bags were sold direct to individuals in the basement shop at 177 Mott Street, or as Frank called it, "Down in the Hole".


NEW YORK SUBWAY ADEVERTISING CO. LOGO                    RAPIDO MESSENGER LOGO                    QUICK TRAK MESSENGER LOGO 

CREW CUTS LOGO                    DIAMOND COURIER SERVICE LOGO                    ASAP COURIER LOGO


THE TRADITION CONITUES




     The 1990's brought a lot of change to NYC and to the Bike Messenger Industry. Globe Canvas was now not only competing with other bag makers who were adopting and often expanding on De Martini Original designs, but also with the "Digital Age". Fax machines, pagers, email, and cell phones marked the decline in the Bike Messenger Industry.

     In 1995 Frank retired to his home in New Jersey and left the business to his daughter Kathleen. After nearly fifty years of stitching useful reliable products, Frank’s messenger bag became iconic in the bicycle courier world. His Messenger bags inspired many new manufacturers who would take their cues from his original designs, insuring his bags will be riding the streets for a long time. After His daughter retired and the Brand was aquired by a Gentleman namde Rod Hanson, the sewing moved to New Haven, Connecticut where DeMartini Globe Canvas is still sewn today.
   
     We are committed to Frank's Original Messengers, and excited to offer new designs and products made with the same high quality craftmanship and materials.  At De Martini Globe Canvas WE ARE THE FACTORY. We will do our best to make sure that you are not only satisfied with your De Martini product, but also our Customer Service.
All our products are made right here at our shop in New Haven, CT less than two hours from NYC.

MESSENGERS


DE MARTINI SEWN PATCH


BIKE MESSENGER STAMP
MESSENGERS ON THE STEPS METRO MESSENGER MESSENGER OFFICE