What’s the easiest way to revitalise your new season look we hear you ask? It’s simple, invest in a new hand bag! Trust us, some new arm candy will have you feeling all brand new, and there’s nothing more satisfying than a good hang bag clear out.
Our Editor’s Pick this week is this stunning, minimalist style by Eastex. A beautiful hand-made Leather Messenger Bag made from super soft leather for the ultimate luxurious feel and look. With an adjustable strap, you can choose whether to wear cross-body or simply over your shoulder. Keep all your essentials readily available in the handy front pouch, and zip away your keys and wallet in the lined inside pocket.
How did you get into hand-making such beautiful bags?
I have always been a fan of beautiful handbags. We started making our printed canvas fabrics into bags with leather details because the patterns were fun and made great accessories. These are the first all leather bags we have made.
You’ve have crafted our Eastex leather bag by hand, that must take some time! Talk us through your making process.
The team at my London factory are amazing, they use traditional methods to make leather bags. The leather is cut using knives made from the shape of the pattern pieces, then sewn by machine but finished by hand every rivet, every buckle and bit of hardware is attached by hand. Making handbags is a time consuming job but the team are dedicated and do beautiful work..
What do you love most about your craft?
I like to create bags that are simple but elegant, so if they have a print the pattern is really the only detail, if it is all leather the style is in the shape, the beauty of the material and the simplicity of the hardware.
What does a typical day look like for you, if there is such a thing?
No, everyday is different, I have many roles in my company so I might be designing new prints or art directing a shoot. I might be meeting with a client or sourcing a new supplier to develop new products or visiting one of the factories. I love the diversity of the job and the new challenges each day presents me with.
Who do you look to for design and fabric inspiration?
I love vintage fabric designs for patterns that I can modernise or I search for inspiration in other materials like tiles, rugs or vases. I love Scandinavian Folkloric designs, African wax print fabrics for inspiration shapes and colour combinations. As far as designers I like Ally Capellino, Philip Lim and I find a lot of canvas bag inspiration from Japan.
Any tips for the aspiring bag designer/maker?
Study design, know your materials and do an apprenticeship. That way you are well prepared to create the best possible bags.