Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Unique, Modern, and Timeless

While I was visiting Bath, England last April, I came across these beautiful purses by Tamara Fogle. She uses antique textiles (like German feed sacks, old British military tents, linen, and Indian cotton saris) and leather to create these amazing pieces. I bought one for myself right away and knew they would look great in the shop!

Something I love about Tamara's designs are the shapes and little accents that each bag has. This Westbourne bag has a big nob on top of the clasp, and it reminds me of an antique brass door nob.

On the right is another Westborne bag, but it's made out of German feed sacks. The Knot Tote on the left is made from antique British tent material. Each piece is one of a kind, and they almost feel like usable art.

I have the Lansdowne purse (the one in the back) and have loved it since the day I snatched it up in Bath. But that clutch is just calling my name.

We had a customer come in over the weekend and she told us that she owns three different styles of Tamara Fogle's bags, all of them from the German feed sacks. For her husband's birthday she got him the Explorer bag in the military tent fabric and he uses it for his laptop. We have the Explorer in the feed sacks, this piece is really amazing because it has two blue stripes going down the sides next to the seam.

I couldn't resist the ones made out of the vintage Indian sari fabrics. We already have scarves and quilts out of the Indian saris so I knew these bags would be great here. I hope you love the craftsmanship and attention to detail that Tamara Fogle puts into each design as much as I do.