i was just talking about bags today, in a conversation with a bestie, and we were discussing what we like and don’t like – how hard it is to find THAT BAG that you love. how, often, all bags just kinda start looking the same and you feel sorta meh by what’s out there. or, they are pretty ordinary and normal – yet super expensive. sometimes you find that sweet spot of a beautiful, individual bag that not every lady on the planet owns, AND that’s not going to set you back a month’s salary.
i have been so excited to write this post because it has been weeks (months?) in the making. i first met Neira Zahirovic last year through my husband Anton (he works with her significant other Adrian) and she had been developing a range of bags whose journey i had eagerly been following on Instagram.
i discovered The Stowe while browsing Craft & Culture, who are one of my sponsors – please have a gander on the right and support these amazing shops! designer Molly Spittal makes my kinda bags: simple, functional, leather, and with minimal hardware and detailing. this was the kind of bag that i was looking for in NYC, but in the end i got a beautiful Clare Vivier messenger (which i am not complaining about). if i was on the market for a new bag i would certainly be considering The Stowe. you can buy them at their online shop or through Craft & Culture.
* the giveaway is now closed *
perhaps you can tell that i kind of have a thing for the awesome Of a Kind, this is our fourth giveaway together! i’m always excited to see what amazing new edition they are going to release next (currently eyeballing these earrings). and even more exciting, they have just launched Of a Kind Collections, where you can shop pieces from the full collections of designers they’ve worked with – including Ace & Jig, Dusen Dusen, Eayrslee, and K/LLER COLLECTION.
Tailfeather products are meticulously designed and hand crafted by husband and wife team Scottie and Natalia in their studio nestled in the Tallarook ranges of Victoria. The range is built upon the knowledge and experience gained from time spent in the workshop—small runs and attention to detail ensure the highest possible quality is maintained.
thanks to Tomboy Style for introducing me to South2 West8, a Japanese line of classic outdoor sportswear and accessories. their bags are, interestingly enough, produced in the USA – and take influence from heavy duty outdoor bags, particularly those manufactured in the 70s & 80s (Filson came to mind). you can shop their entire range online, in the US from Maas & Stacks and Inventory and in the UK from Couverture & The Garbstore and The Bureau Belfast.
Lotuff Leather is a bag & accessories maker based in Connecticut who have a 100% hands-on, local approach to making their beautiful leather goods. founded by brothers Joe & Rick Lotuff and partner Alden Edmonds, they pride themselves in reinvigorating traditional craftsmanship and, “creating a whole new generation of Americans who are once again encouraged – not dissuaded – to take a few extra minutes, hours, or days to make something exceptional.”
i got an exciting email from Julie sharing the debut collection for her handmade accessories label Jujumade. you might recognise her ceramic pieces from that fantastic collaboration with Brook & Lyn that i shared in last year’s post about good hair. Julie’s pieces are composed of hand sculpted ceramic and leather elements – her soft leather bags look good enough to eat, though if i ever had to own one i’d probably just hang it on my wall to admire from afar (just too beautiful to haphazardly toss my wallet and makeup in, that’s for sure). be sure to explore the Jujumade website and online shop, and also follow Julie on instagram – where you will discover a scottish fold cat called Pancake (!!!)
i only have one handbag that i use for everything – day to day, going out, travelling etc. i’m just too comfortable & lazy to transfer things from bag to bag. BUT. here are some bags i like, if i ever changed my boring ways.
south african designers Lalesso and Pichulik have joined forces to create a bag range that makes me want to do a little happy dance. Lalesso x Pichulik features 3 designs – a duffel, a purse and a foldover clutch – in a myriad of Lalesso fabrics, topped off with Pichulik’s signature ropes & accessories. very much a case of one of each, please.