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I love a long story - are you ready? I was wandering through the streets of Prahan in Melbourne in 2013 when I came across the most beautiful shop window. The window was full of old shoemaking bits and pieces, leather twine, wooden shoe lasts and a few curiosities, all displayed so thoughtfully. For some reason the shop had this magical old world feeling around it and the charm of it pulled me in.
Not knowing exactly what this shop was all about, I knocked on the door, until a very tall man came over to unlock the door. He was actually closed, but let me and my clear excitement in the door.
His name was Jess Wootten and he told me he was a ‘cordwainer’ a term for a shoemaker and a leather craftsman and this was his studio. My eyes lit up. Jess' studio was like a proper makers workshop of old.There were hides of leather everywhere and bits of beautiful products that were in the process of being hand made.
The dedication to his craft and passion really spoke to me and that's how we became friends.
I'd been on a lifelong search for my ultimate leather handbag and I had a feeling Jess was just the person to make it.
When I got home I sent him a sketch of my imaginary dream bag and asked him if he could make it for me.
It needed to be a generous bucket shape with no extra bits and pieces - no zipper and no extra pockets on the inside. I wanted something oversized that would fit everything in and still look stylish. It HAD to be tan leather. Of course.
Jess made my sketch into my ultimate dream bag and I've worn it every day since.
I easily carry 10-15kg of thrown in camera gear and the stitching has never failed me. It feels like a piece of me now - its weathered surface tells the stories of my travels, locations and jobs I've been on. It's part of my day and my life.
Please note it takes 4-6 weeks for your bag to be handcrafted especially for you. Good things take time.
- 100% natural dyed leather
- This bag is made from natural material - please be aware that when you receive the bag it will be unworn and unused. As you wear the bag daily (as I do), the leather will wear and age into a soft buttery tan colour and feel
- This is not a precious bag - the more use it has the better it looks
- If you want the worn look sooner - leave it in the sunlight
- Each bag is handcrafted and one of a kind
Height of bag: 31cm (not including straps)
Width at top: 53cm
Width at base: 39cm
Depth at base: 18cm
Every handcrafted leather product is unique. To prolong your products life we recommend regular application of a lanolin or waxed based leather conditioner to the leather surface. Apply with a soft clean cloth
We ship worldwide. If you are unhappy with your purchase please return within 7 days, unworn, in original packaging.
The leather surface may mark with use. This is regarded as natural wear. Your leather product will change with age.
Posted by Rachael Shepherd on 19th Jul 2017
A few weeks ago I ordered one of the handbags that you have designed and made in collaboration with Jess Wootten and I just wanted to say thank you so much for making such an amazing and beautiful item.
The workmanship is incredible and a credit to Jess and to you.
The bag is something that I will treasure and use for many many years to come.
I'm so grateful that you have made something so special and beyond grateful now to own one