Freehand Bag Story, the design process behind my new collection
My design criteria were simple but not easy to fulfill.
The bag needed to be lightweight, comfortable, sturdy, and stylish. Above all it needed to be capable of being used as a bag, crossbody, and a backpack. I did not want a leather bag as they can be heavy and lose shape over the years.
I wasn’t prepared for the scene I witnessed over my phone. As my husband toured the workshop I saw bag after beautiful bag being handmade one weave at a time. All shapes and styles you can imagine were coming to life right before my eyes. The workers at the shop had been with the family themselves for generations, many living on the campus of the workshop. They seemed very engaged, happy and skilled.