I love the Scandi bag (for want of a better name), but wanted to improve the prototype (the pink Marimekko). Firstly, the canvas needed to be a bit heavier and better in quality. Secondly, I had to have a proper lining with a mobile pocket and interior zip pocket. I feel as though I have been all around the world, and come up with two options. Funnily enough, they weren’t from Paris or Scandinavia, but Japan and Scandinavia (but not Norway). However, my very dear friend with strong Norwegian ties (i.e. husband and three kids, two of whom are my models) is working on a stylish name for the bag at the moment, and at the risk of giving up a potentially cool name for the bag, I won’t mention that there is no longer any French influence (should that have affected her choice). To be frank, I am neither surprised nor vaguely disappointed that this bag will have a Japanese influence – I’ll blog about this later in some detail but the fabric designers from Japan quite frankly outdo us all with their attention to detail, colour, fabric quality and precision. I have an affinity with Japan that makes me even more excited about the fabric partnership I’m going to embark on with them (as opposed to the sake drinking /english teaching / home staying partnership preceding it a decade and a half before).
Anyway, after a lot of time and angst (and more sleepless nights about interfacing and zips), I’ve come up with a couple of new designs…
The mushroom/panther story
The panther /aubergine story
And then, the usual bright stuff which I love too…We might call this the orangello and limongello story? Waverider, your thoughts?
Ok, and as a postscript, let me add that this post took about 100 hours because I have grown up with Microsoft and none of the functions work with Macs…lucky it looks so nice!