I’ve become a bit of a bag lady of late. I’ve started to notice bags, observe them as they walk past on shoulders, study them as they hang quietly at waists. And for a bag to get a mental tick from me it must be simple but well designed for function and practicality. Something that’s lovely to look at but isn’t fussy. A bag that is confident, performs its function admirably and doesn’t pretend to be the bag for every situation.
So it was with these things in mind that Melissa and I developed our EASY TOTE concept. Inspired once again by our gorgeous handwoven, naturally dyed fabrics and lovely straps of natural leather, we played and experimented, trialled and modified. This organic process led to our wonderfully organic tote – a carry bag which you too can play with, experiment with, modify and make your own.
We’ve taken a large square of our gorgeous charcoal handwoven cotton fabric and teamed it with a hand punched leather strap. The concept is simple – thread the corners of your fabric through the strap holes and tie. And the lovely loop of fabric hanging from your strap is a beautiful vessel for carrying market finds or daily necessities or creative collections. Sling it over your shoulder, dangle it from your elbow, or hold it by your side, and when you’re not using it it folds up neat + compact or hangs beautifully on a door handle or hook.
It’s a little bit of lovely, don’t you think?
We love this bag not only for what it is, but also for what it can become. Our ethos of simplicity and sustainability informs our appreciation for things that are bigger than themselves and components that are functional/beautiful in numerous ways. Part of the EASY TOTE’s appeal in our design process was the flurry of ideas we had for other uses that simply created function and form for the fabric and leather elements – no extra, or very little, modifying required! A bag that can be an apron that can be a wall hanging that can be a curtain that can be a cushion cover that can be a tablecloth. Next week we’ll show you how , but for now we hope you enjoy meeting our EASY TOTE [it’s over in our shop if you want to pop in!]
Happy weekending beautiful friends!