Custom Design American Made Bags & Portfolios

The very best in custom design. American made textile bags and portfolios from designer totes to soft sided sample cases and every conceivable bag in between.

OUR Products

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Briefcases & Portfolios


Laptop Bags

Messenger Bags

Duffels/Barrel Bags

Golf Bags & Accessories


I’m Cynthia Kirby and I founded Canvas Design Group in 1995. I was enjoying a watercolor class at the local art museum at the time and found, along with my classmates, that we needed a lightweight cloth portfolio to carry the large sheets of paper used for painting in watercolors. Whoever said that need is the mother of invention was spot on. I designed what would be the perfect size portfolio for a full and half sheets of watercolor paper. Then there was the task of finding a manufacturer for this new enterprise and once again the stars were aligned, and I found Sport Systems Custom Bag Corporation, a well established family owned manufacturing factory in Woonsocket, RI., right around the corner. Such luck. And so with two artist portfolios started a decades long relationship of innovative ideas and manufacturing excellence. With those two portfolios Canvas Design Group was born and has been marketing top of the line canvas bags ever since. Read on for more of our story.


American Made Bags That Solve Problems

The bag not only advertises and brands, it is also a valuable means for storage and transportation of delicate and sensitive equipment,

We are different from other distributors in the promotional products industry. We started with an idea and a direction, and we have not wavered since the start, and here it is: One product, American Made bags and portfolios, one manufacturer; Sport Systems Custom Bag Corporation in Woonsocket, RI (click here for their website) and one goal; top quality materials, workmanship and customer service.


what we offer- the cdg difference

The promotional products market is huge and diverse and within that market, bags of infinite variety play a very important roll. They are used a very effective branding tools, new product advertisement, employee gifts, even wedding favors, and on and on, and on. When CDG first got its wheels under it in 1995, the internet was in its infancy and we were among the first companies offering American Made custom bags to be listed on Yahoo (no Google yet!). It was very exciting. Today ask Google for “canvas bags” and you are offered 344 million replies. It is no longer so easy to be found on the search engines as it was in 1995, but we have still thrived and grown since then by carving out a niche in a crowded field with our hallmark or mission: To work with only one company that we know and trust to produce the highest quality of workmanship, innovative and artistic design, and the dedicated customer service from a locally owned business.


Phone: 401-742-2655


Address: 1006 Breckenridge Street, Helena, MT 59601