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Passport covers, wallets, handbags handcrafted with Love
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Our handbags are built well, and built to last. It takes more than 20 hours to craft one bag. 

Handstitched from premium shrunken calf and lined with goat leather. Shrunken calf is soft yet durable full grain leather made from a baby calf. It is almost entirely scratch resistant and can be refurbished to as good as new condition if veining starts to appear.

The type of stitching is called saddle stitching and it dates back hundreds of years. It is way stronger than a machine made stitch. 

Simple design, premium leather and quality of craftsmanship makes it timeless. 

Invest in quality, not in quantity. 

CARD WALLET

Card wallets in yellow, magenta and orange
Card wallets in yellow, magenta and orange

 This card wallet does not have seams on the sides. It was done by folding top layer of leather into pockets.

Each wallet is made of full grain goat leather from 100-year old tannery in France. This goat leather has a unique beautiful grain. 

  There are two pockets inside that can fit up to 6 cards each and some cash.

It is available in 8 colors: black, purple, navy blue, dark green, magenta, rose, orange, yellow (not all colors are shown on the picture bellow).

 PASSPORT COVER

Passport covers are also made from French goat leather.

 It has side pockets specifically for your passport, customs card or baggage claim ticket.

 Word "Passport" is embossed with heat. 

Passport covers will also be available in 8 colors: black, purple, navy blue, dark green, magenta, rose, orange, yellow (not all colors are shown on the picture bellow) .

Folding goat hides for a picture
Folding goat hides for a picture
Taking a break after making a bunch of photos
Taking a break after making a bunch of photos

 MICHELLE BAG

Michelle bags in black, slate and light grey
Michelle bags in black, slate and light grey
Me sewing a handle
Me sewing a handle

Amount of Michelle bags we offer in this Kickstarter campaign is 150 pieces. It takes more than 20 hours to craft a bag and it is done by single artisan. At the moment it's only seven of us.  

Light grey Michelle bag with rose interior
Light grey Michelle bag with rose interior

 It is personalized nature of handbag manufacturing. One person - one bag. 

The bag design is simple and clean.

Michelle bag in taupe color with magenta interior
Michelle bag in taupe color with magenta interior

Michelle bag dimensions 

9.44 / 12.6 / 6.5 inches 

24 / 32 / 16.5 centimeters

Comes with a strap

Light grey Michelle bag with rose interior with open gussets
Light grey Michelle bag with rose interior with open gussets
Me, carrying a bag in Prospect Park
Me, carrying a bag in Prospect Park

 Our first collection is made in light grey, taupe, slate, and black calf leather.

 The interior has more vivid colors that highlight the beautiful goat leather texture. Options include black, purple, magenta, rose, yellow and light blue.

 At the moment we only have black shrunken calf leather for production. It comes from famous tannery in Germany. 

Black calf leather
Black calf leather

The shrinking process pulls the surface closer together, subsequently resulting in a much more visible and deeper grain. These particular hides are sourced from Simmental cattle in Germany.

It is very expensive and only French luxury firms and private ateliers are using it. Michelle bag materials alone cost $180. (Goat leather costs $90 per square meter).

Price of shrunken calf per square meter
Price of shrunken calf per square meter

 If we would sell Michelle bag in retail it would cost more than $2000. 

Michelle bag in slate color
Michelle bag in slate color
Michelle bag in light grey color with the strap
Michelle bag in light grey color with the strap
Michelle bag in black color
Michelle bag in black color
Walking with black color Michelle bag in SOHO
Walking with black color Michelle bag in SOHO
Light grey Michelle bag
Light grey Michelle bag

We are using snaps from Italian brand RIRI.

Side view of taupe Michelle bag
Side view of taupe Michelle bag

Our studio is located in 750 year old city Lviv in Eastern Europe.

Studio in Lviv, Ukraine. Here our bags will be made
Studio in Lviv, Ukraine. Here our bags will be made
Skiving leather
Skiving leather
Leather parts for one bag
Leather parts for one bag
Inside pocket before flattening the seam
Inside pocket before flattening the seam
Picking up shrunken calf from the tannery in Germany
Picking up shrunken calf from the tannery in Germany

Risks and challenges

We are buying leather directly from tanneries. During 2015 we didn't have any delays, but due to nature of materials, and the load of the tannery - delays are possible.

We have enough materials to produce bags in black color. And we are working on them right now.

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    Each bag has it's own serial number.
    Handstitched from shrunken calf and goat leather.
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    Kickstarter Special

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    You will receive Michelle Bag.

    Available in 4 exterior and 7 interior colors of your choice.
    Each bag has it's own serial number.
    Handstitched from shrunken calf and goat leather.
    Comes with a strap.

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    A MICHELLE BAG

    Available in 4 exterior and 7 interior colors of your choice. Each bag has it's own serial number.
    Handstitched from shrunken calf and goat leather.
    Comes with a strap.

    Plus PASSPORT COVER and CARD WALLET with the color of the bag interior.

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