Friday, July 11, 2014

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

I'm back!  The shops are open for biz and I've been working hard!


On our recent trip to MN, I was sure to make time for visiting my favorite fabric warehouse in the Twin Cities. Seeing as how I only get there about once every few years I majorly stocked up on fun batik prints, textured upholstery remnants, sumptuous linen, leather scraps, tassels and trims--all to be incorporated in my new bag line.


I'm pretty stoked as my first two attempts at baggery (it's a word) sold immediately!



I also scored a major pile of vintage jewels from my in-laws, to be reworked into new fresh pieces.


I reworked a few tired styles.




And got straight to work with my new goods, like a kid on Christmas morning.

NEW! The Vagabond bag...In "Gatsby"

A gorgeous retro-wash strie'd denim body is embellished with an upcycled woven fringed piece and topped with gold and black African print cotton, and a buttery leather scrap.

A vintage Art Deco Button, mustard suede cord, and hand-painted wood buttons add a little interesting detail.


The inside is lined with the same gorgeous African print and reinforced with a layer of interfacing to give the bag some heft. Scraps of contrasting tapestry reinforce the magnetic snap closure. Two slip pockets for all of your essential giblets. 




The perfect medium size, with boxed corners.. not huge, but enough to be a daily purse (approximately 12x14). Basic enough for day and elegant enough for evening. I may have trouble giving this beauty up. 


And KEROUAC. Another medium Vagabond-style bag with a nubby textured cotton upholstery base with hand-dyed Shibori scraps and leather bits sitting atop a piece of salt and pepper linen in indigo. Black and natural leaf-print batik add some graphic punch. 


A little rustic stitching adds some weird handmade charm. 


Lined in a gorgeous (new!)chevron batik print in deep turquoise. An extra layer of interfacing to make it last forever! Metallic gold embroidery and a woven piece in black and white reinforce the magnetic closure. 



An upcycled, distressed blue jean pocket adds a little storage on the back. 


Let's look at that again. Yum. 

Available today in the shop

Next up: These vintage needlepoints I scored at a thrift store.. here' some materials I'm thinking.. 



Weird and awesome.. stay tuned. 

Rachel 

1 comment:

Shalane said...

LOVE your style with your bags -- great mix of fabric!! I need to get more into sewing, but so far the bead shop seems to be calling my name... time for my own stock-up story (not like I need any more beads, but who's counting?)