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Salt Spring Tweed

Salt Spring Tweed

“I made my first bag over 15 years ago when I just moved to Canada. I wanted a new purse but couldn't find anything I liked. So I thought, I'd make a bag. How hard could it be? Having never made a bag before it seemed very doable. Sometimes ignorance can really work for you.

The designs for bags and accessories come about rather organically. It happens when customers at the Salt Spring market or the studio tell me what they need and I try to figure out how to make that. I started out with making Recycled Jacket Messenger bags. Then someone wanted a laptop bag, so I made flat ones with extra padding. Another person had a bigger laptop, so I made a larger Carry-all messenger bag. A cyclist wanted a rucksack that could convert into a messenger bag, and so we now have the Urban Rucksack.

Two years ago, interior designer friends passed me upholstery sample books that they didn’t need anymore. Pages from these have since been made into Zip Purses. And, when the pages are patchworked together, they make the colourful Stuff It! Footstools. A footstool with a zippered bottom that doubles up as storage for guest linen or bulky winterwear.

So, our studio will always be coming up with new designs and products. As long as they are sustainable, handmade and one of a kind.

www.saltspringtweed.com  |  chey@saltspringtweed.com