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Why SCOUT?

Everyone has stuff, SCOUT gives them a place to put it. SCOUT is a family-owned, Washington, DC-based brand known for colorful bags that mix both function and fashion using original patterns and versatile designs. Learn more about us below:

Our Story

Patterns

Products

Fabrics

Our Story

It began with an ah-ha moment

In the early 2000s, Deb Waterman Johns, Chief Creative Officer, spotted a (very expensive) chic carryall bag in the window of a high-fashion store in Milan. She realized there was a need for stylish, functional tote bags at an affordable price point, accessible to all women, and she could be the one to fill it.

Designed with you and your family in mind

We’re committed to making lives easier, one bag (or two, or three) at a time. You have places to go, things to see, and stuff to carry—that’s where we come in. Our versatile products are designed to complement any lifestyle.

Celebrating life’s colorful adventures

If our brand is one thing, it’s fun. We know how to celebrate our stuff and have fun with life’s adventures—those we look for and those that find us. A customer once called her SCOUT tote a “conquer-the-world bag,” and we couldn’t agree more.

SCOUT pattern designs

Patterns

Chief Creative Officer, Deb Waterman Johns, travels the states and abroad several times a year, using her well-trained eye to find inspiration everywhere from fabric houses and color fairs to street fashion.

Upon absorbing the trends, Deb compiles images, objects and textiles to help inspire the direction for the season. For example, the shells from our Spring 2017 line were inspired by bathroom wallpaper in a San Francisco restaurant. Every pattern has a story.

Under Deb’s direction, our talented pattern designers create hundreds of original designs, hand drawing many of them.

The designs are edited down to a cohesive collection of patterns per season. Each pattern is a limited edition and produced only once. The SCOUT team then gathers to name each new pattern and product.

Products

The best of both worlds: function and fashion.

Tote Bags

Designed for (literally) any task

These bags are intended for year-round, multi-purpose use.
Also known as a “conquer-the-world bag.” Shop →

Pocket Totes

A place for everything

From gym bags to baby bags, we offer a variety of pocketed
totes that suit different lifestyles. Shop →

Extra Large Tote Bags

The answer to large hauls

For storing off-season clothes, or packing an entire house
for a move, few bags in the marketplace can compete. Shop →

Backpacks

When fashion meets function

Backpacks aren’t just for kids anymore.
This classic silhouette is designed for ease. Shop →

Shoulder Bags

7-days-a-week bags

For when you need more than just your purse. These bags go anywhere, filled with anything. Shop →

Travel Bags

Lightweight solutions

Fun fact: most of our bags weigh less than one pound!
They can also be used daily for the gym, pool or work. Shop →

Crossbody Bags

We take hands free seriously

Being hands free is a must for active women. Our
crossbodies were designed to be grab-and-go. Shop →

Gift Bags

Not your ordinary gift bags

While it may hold a gift, it is a gift in itself!
Reusable gift bags keep on giving. Shop →

Lunch Boxes

Envy of the lunch table

Offered in a variety of sizes, these coolers
are great for school or the workplace. Shop →

Soft Coolers

The delight of any picnic or party

A stylish, bright cooler is hard to come by, making our
soft-sided coolers popular gift items. They're great for boating or sporting events. Shop →

Wristlets and Wallets

Versatility is key

Ideal for when you don't want to carry a purse,
or want a wallet to keep inside
your everyday bag. Shop →

Pouches

Bags for this, that, and the other

These bags are intended to house the things you don't
want floating at the bottom of your purse. Shop →

Makeup and Toiletry Bags

Practical and pretty

Compact and easy to clean, these bags are perfect
travel (or everyday) companions. They also make great gifts! Shop →

Small Accessories

Don't sweat the small stuff

Theese little extras are a treat on their own, and also a great way to get to that $100 shipping minimum! Shop →

Storage Bins

We put the fun in function

These bins are useful anywhere. And they fold flatwhen not in use. Shop →

Fabrics

All-Weather Woven

All-Weather Woven

Our water-resistant polypropylene fabric (like a tarp) is durable and colorfast. It gets softer with wear, but remains tough and resilient. This fabric is a constant in every collection. Product example: Original Deano. Shop All-Weather Woven →

Coated-Cotton

Coated Cotton

Our cotton fabric is 100% cotton twill and finished with a light, water-resistant coating that makes it soft to touch. Product example: Packin’ Heat. Shop Coated Cotton →

Coated Poly

Coated Poly Twill

Primarily created for coolers, the lining is insulated and heat sealed (doesn’t leak) to ensure coolness for an afternoon in the sun. Product example: Pleasure Chest. Shop Coolers →

QUilted-Poly

Quilted Poly Twill

Used in our travel collection, these bags and coolers weigh practically nothing, so you can carry practically everything! Product example: Plus 1. Shop Quilted Items →

Faux Textured Leather

Faux Textured Leather

All items in this fabric are a part of the chic Wink Collection. The faux leather is slightly textured, and logos are gold embossed. Product example: Pocket Change. Shop the Wink Collection →

Rugs

SCOUT Flooring

Our indoor/outdoor rugs have a polyester fabric face and non-skid neoprene rubber backing. The low profile allows doors to pass over easily, and the best part? They're 100% machine washable! Shop SCOUT Rugs →