My newest handbag design. Handmade with exclusive fabric featuring licensed artwork by several great artists & my custom fob. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 25, 2011.
About this project
After months of keeping the prototypes safe & under wraps...
It's finally time to launch my newest design!
My new design is a quirky fusion of old school charm, edgy prints and great hardware. This roomy handbag features a fun and functional kiss lock closure and lots of decadent little extras we love in a purse; a hard bottom, purse feet, an interior zippered pocket, and a custom designed purse fob (a winged skeleton key I designed & have had cast in CT).
- 11 inches wide at the top
- 13 inches wide at the bottom
- 9 inches tall 4.5 inches deep
- Your choice of brushed brass or gunmetal hardware
- Your choice of long or short handles
- Customized text available as well (see later pics)
Because the kiss lock frame size I wanted to use was not a standard size, and more importantly because the frame was not available in the gunmetal finish I wanted to offer I had to find a manufacturer who would make custom hardware for me. When you buy custom designs from a manufacturer it necessitates buying in bulk. I've found a great manufacture, and the frames and handle hardware are being made now. To get my hardware made I put half down, that money is what I hope to recoup here, as well as the funds to cover the other half of the order. This money will also pay for a large scale casting of my winged skeleton key, purse fob /pendant shown below.
In the last 2.5 years I've made thousands of bags which I've sold and shipped literally all over the world. You can see my current line at my Etsy shop.
The majority of my fabric features stunning artwork that I license from several artists and have professionally printed exclusively for my use. You can see other bags I've made with this exclusive fabric here.
Like Ogres and onions, my newest handbags have several layers. The outer fabric is a tough cotton linen blend. There is an interior layer that makes the bag super tough (strong enough to stand up on it's own) but still supple and lovely to the touch. For the lining I have a nice array of luscious iridescent taffeta & very heavy yet buttery soft crepe backed satin.
These handbags will be available in either brushed brass or gunmetal finished hardware and with either long (11" drop) handles or short (8" drop) handles.
I am thrilled to announce that I am adding a couple of bags with the artwork of Jasmine Becket-Griffith.
Secret of Notre Dame: Available with blue or purple accent fabric
And Kiri Moth's fantastic print, Rebuilding
Birdsnest by Camilla d'Errico
How would you customize your bottom?
Since I have the fabric for my bags printed in panels which include the bottom to avoid extra seams. Leaving the bottoms plain black seemed so boring to me, and always up for the unusual decided to print the bottoms with text. I've printed some with inspirational quotes, some with funny ones, and some with downright snarky ones. For an additional charge customers who purchase this new line can have their bottoms customized with text of their choosing.
Here are some examples from the first of the bags.
Want your bottom customized?If you would like the bag you purchase to have a particular quote, saying or message please add $15 to your payment. When I get the information about the design, hardware and handle length from you, I will get the text you would like as well.
If you are looking for a truly unique and one of a kind purse, I offer two choices. I can have fabric printed with your artwork or photo. This requires a high resolution file of the image you wish to use. After I format the image for the fabric printer you will receive a mock up photo of the bag. This also includes any text you would like printed on the bottom.
Below is an example of a bag I made using a painting (Midnight Cat) that my daughter made. The picture shows the painting, fabric and the bag.
I also am able to combine artwork or photographs together digitally. Even changing the sizes, so that everything is in proportion to each other. This requires a lot of editing and time. Again, once I format the image for the fabric printer you will receive a mock up photo of the bag. This also included any text you would like on the bottom.
Below is an example of a bag I made using 9 drawings my two daughters had done over the years. In this pictures I show the front of the bag, the fabric for the front and some of the drawings that make up the image.
Rewards / Pre-Orders
$10 One winged skeleton key pendant.
$25 Three winged skeleton key pendants.
$145 Any one purse from the new line (all 8 pictured below)
+1 extra winged skeleton key.
$185 A custom purse made with fabric featuring your artwork of photo
+2 extra winged skeleton keys.
$235 A custom purse made with fabric featuring a digital collage
of up to 10 pieces of your artwork and or photography.
+2 extra winged skeleton keys.
Q.How do I order a specific purse?
A. You don't exactly. You pay for the cost of the purse, then I will contact you to get the design information, hardware finish & handle length you prefer, as well as the custom text if applicable. When the payment goes through at the end of this promotion purses will be sewn and shipped.
Q. Will you be selling this line in your Etsy shop?
A. Yes, all of these designs as well as the flying key pendant will be available in my Etsy shop. But only after the Kickstarter promotion is over. The price of the bags may be a bit higher at that point as well.
Q. Do you really make ever bag you sell?
A. Yes! Every bag I sell is made by me in my sewing studio here in Nevada. However if you sew well, live close by and are looking for a job send me an email!!
Q. Please explain how you are able to put well known artwork on your bags.
A. In many cases the fabric I have printed has images by artists such as Kiri Moth, Amy Brown, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Sandra Vargas, Meredith Dillman, Nene Thomas etc. These are artists who have given me license to print their artwork to fabric and have provided me with image files that I format for the fabric printer. They in turn get a royalty payment for all bags sold with their images.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $10 or more
One custom Art Nouveau inspired winged skeleton key pendant.
Pledge $25 or more
Three custom Art Nouveau inspired winged skeleton key pendants.
Pledge $145 or more
Your choice of any purse from my new line in the hardware finish and handle length you prefer.
+ 1 extra winged skeleton key
NOTE: If you would like your bottom customized, please add $15 to this amount
Pledge $185 or more
A custom purse in the hardware finish and handle length you prefer made with professionally printed fabric featuring your artwork or photo. This includes any text and or images you would like on the bottom. After image is supplied by you, I will provide a mock up of the purse for your approval before having fabric printed.
+ 2 extra winged skeleton keys
Pledge $235 or more
A custom purse in the hardware finish and handle length you prefer made with professionally printed fabric featuring a digital collage of up to 10 pieces of artwork of photography supplied by you. This includes any text and or images you would like on the bottom. After receiving images and combining them, I will provide a mock up of the purse for your approval before having fabric printed.
+ 2 extra winged skeleton keys
- (21 days)