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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 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.

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 – Mini Bucket Bag – Dark Teal Croc

I even had a hot moment where I dreamt that every bag should have an easy drawstring closure AND a thin shoulder strap that detaches!

I am in love with this mini bucket bag shape!

Mostly because I just love hardware – seriously if I had no use for it, I would pile it on as decoration, since we all know that I’m not building minimalist bags – or minimalist anything – in my studio.  And if it’s not hardware, then it’s random decor like rivets and pearls and beading and all that bling that makes a bag sing (see how I did that?)

The base is a super cool old school floral with birds and trees and loads of flowers – it’s dead stock I picked up maybe 7 or 8 years ago and I’ve been sitting on it ever since, waiting for the right project to come along.  The colors are predominately magenta, sunflower, and blueberry, with some greens and oranges for accent colors.  The collage work is my usual random bits and pieces of whatever was handy and looked good at the time.

The dark teal croc pattern is embossed and embellished with the gold accents –

I fell in love with this vegan leather as soon as I saw the scrap;  I’m not sure there will ever be any more of since it was discontinued for some stupid reason.  The antique brass hardware is a perfect foil and the pair look made for each other.

The lining is crafted from a suzani print and there’s a single interior slip pocket.  The exterior side pockets are perfect for stashing a phone or dropping in your key fob if you’ve got a push button starter – they are snug enough to keep the contents secure but the opening is wide enough that you can get a regular sized phone in this version.

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

***As always, I’m picking up the cost of shipping this beauty to you – in keeping with my reuse, reduce, recycle mission, it will be packed carefully and delivered to you in a box that brought something to me.

If you’re feeling so inclined, post a pic of your bag on IG and use @kimstuart123  #lovemylusty #lustygallantbag for the tags – I would really appreciate it.  I love to see my ‘babies’ out enjoying the sweet life 😉

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