Tell me more about the fabrics you use
I love linens, wool, waxed canvas, and organic cottons, so those are my go-to fabrics of choice. The full-grain leather straps and tabs are strong and durable. As well, waxed canvas gives a gorgeous rugged patina to any bag.
I will never sell a product that I do not believe to be top quality. Although I am thorough and take great care with my products, there are inconsistencies based on the creative nature and each item may look slightly different from the next.
When shipping items to customers, I use biodegradable mailers to reduce my environmental impact.
What makes linen so special? It is known as the world's strongest natural fibre, being far more durable than cotton, and is made from the flax plant. According to Common Objective's Made-by Environmental Benchmark for Fibres, organic linen is one of the most sustainable fibres in the world, earning an "A" (the best rating). Besides all of that wonderful stuff, it looks beautiful, has a natural lustre and lovely texture, and only gets better with use and time. All of my bags are lined with either linen or cotton.
As much as possible, I use organic cotton in my pieces (versus non-organic cotton). It is one of the most environmentally friendly options as it doesn't have a harsh manufacturing process, thus using less energy, releasing fewer greenhouse gases, and uses significantly less water than non-organic cotton.
I have a few bags in vintage, limited edition wool from Europe! My supplier buys from old European fabric shops that are closing down. Much of the wool is from the 1950s and 1960s, and the quality is outstanding! Check out the Forage Crossbody Bag in Vintage Rose Wool Plaid, for one.
Waxed canvas is a densely woven cotton fabric that has been saturated with wax, giving it an extra layer of protection against the elements. This fabric has been long-loved for its durability, natural water resistance, and rugged character. The waxed coating is made from either a paraffin or beeswax, or a combination of the two, and records folds and creases, giving it a weathered patina over time.
Waxed canvas is water-resistant and will repel rain and moisture, but if it's immersed in water for a long period, the fabric will eventually become soaked. Waxed canvas bags will repel and wick moisture and keep your stuff dry.
This is the good stuff - considered the highest quality leather, even more so than "top-grain" and "genuine" leather. It is the strongest and most durable part of the animal hide. Its fibres are stable and durable because the grain has not been removed, and is considered a very natural leather option because it is not altered during the tanning process. I buy whole hides and piece them into straps, accents, and other accessory parts.