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Bag Seven – Embellished Maximalism

The benefits of actually doing some maths become crystal clear on this build.

Bag Six – Parisienne Party Bag

Intriguing shape and lots of custom detailing make this bag a party stunner!

Bag Four – Bowler Style Weekender

Bag Four was a bit more difficult to make; I hadn’t created anything with this kind of structure previously. The main requirement was to be able to sit the bag on the handle of a rollaboard suitcase.

Bag Three – Finding My Own Shapes

Bag Three turned out to be a real stunner – an intriguing set of textures and patterns. It’s a pity that I don’t have more pics of it, but sometimes that’s just the way it works out.

Bag Two – Not the Same At All, Really

Bag Two offered me the opportunity to design a bag completely from scratch. It also taught me I needed to learn more about how to construct a bag properly.

Bag One – Ground Zero, Really

The original prototype bag – this is it.

Bag Five – The Original Micki

I built Bag Five -the original Micki - as a gift for my BFF. She wanted a bag that was durable, not too big, and with some specific features.

This bag was a late birthday gift for my BFF (who got a late wedding gift – two years late – for her actual birthday instead of this bag) – and she knew that it was happening.  She lives in Hawaii, and the conditions there, well, they aren’t like going on vacation for a week…  it’s a difficult place when it comes to wear and tear, not to mention the mold, mildew, and other tropical nuisances that one encounters nearly every day on the island.  Believe me, if I could have made the entire thing out of clear vinyl that could be wiped down with bleach, that would have been the best idea.  Not the prettiest idea, so some compromises had to be made.

Creating a bucket bag shape with specific dimensions is easier said than done, but after a couple of false starts, I got on with it.  Interior slip pockets, recycled denim interior bottom and tight fitting exterior side pockets (also recycled denim) helped to create a bag that can easily fit a wallet, phone, keys, and a few other essentials with no extra bulk or weight.

The wide vegan leather handle makes the bag easy for grab and go – one of the main requests for the bag.  The blue toned floral pattern is an upscale outdoor fabric with stain protector built in; this also adds to the durability of the bag, but doesn’t make the finished product look like a patio chair cushion.  The drawstring closure also makes it easy to cinch and even easier to get into the bag with a single hand.

This bag has been such a smashing success that I’m iterating it into a number of variations, and I’ll likely add the shape into the full time roster of pieces that I create.

Finished size is 8″ tall, 6.5″ wide, 5″ deep.


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