Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wanderlust Handbag Series

I love to travel. I love being immersed in a different culture...looking closely at the way they dress, enjoying their local cuisine, admiring their architecture and art forms.  And I feel the same way about textiles. They have a history of their own, a connection to a culture of some sort. This new series of handbags celebrates a diversity of textiles and brings them together in a sort of United Nations of fabric.  I've designed a variety of styles- cross body, messenger, clutch, hobo- and several sizes to do everything from stow your makeup to accompany you on your own travels.  The textiles include saris from India, exotic trims from Afghanistan, kente cloth from Africa, humble American cross stitch, costume remnants from the Hmong tribe, Mexican and Guatemalan embroidery and weaving, a damaged vintage Italian quilted dress...and much more. I've trimmed them with recycled leather, Bakelite buttons, wooden game pieces and other unique embellishments. Each is one-of-a-kind.

I've been getting lots of questions about when they'll go on sale and I'll let you know when the collection is complete and available for purchase.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos I took today.

Serengeti- hobo style

El Ciclista- medium-double handled hobo

My Soul- large cross body messenger

Violet Femme- medium hobo

Mustard Fields- small cross body messenger

Indira- smallish leather cosmetic or pencil bag

Rosa- smallish leather cosmetic or pencil bag

Lorita- large cross body messenger bag

Nguyen- medium cosmetic bag

Eat Pray Love- smal cross body messenger bag

Chia- small double handled shoulder bag

Culture Clash- medium clutch

Tiempo- medium clutch

Kyoto- long skinny clutch

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