While I’ll admit there is definitely a tinge-probably even more than tinge-of hipster with Mackenzie/Seamus (I own a fescue bag), it is also nice to support smaller companies with handmade pieces. So, yes, you pay a premium for handmade vs machine, but you’re getting a solidly made product. When I’ve had an issue with my bag, I was able to send it back and they fixed it at no charge.
as far as the dewy mornings, the waxed canvas on my bag never takes in water and has been fine. No issues with towels getting wet unless you’re sloppily lying the bag down.
It’s also fun to explain to new people my bag is only 5 years old and not from the 50s with the Harris tweed haha