HANDCRAFTED WAXED CANVAS AND LEATHER BAGS Designer + Bag maker sharing my process and inspirations| Small batch and custom work | Vancouver

Custom Bag: Handmade Satchel With Extra Inside Pockets | Waxed Canvas and Leather | Charcoal Grey

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by Jun 8th, 2017

This custom bag is for Rhea, a local Vancouver customer. She liked everything about the bag, but wanted 2 more interior pockets. The Satchel comes standard with 2 inside pockets and 2 outside pockets.


The Satchel is a mid-sized portable crossbody bag. It’s good for personal belongings, fits an iPad mini and paperback sized books.

Custom Bag: Carrier Tote for Everyday | Waxed Canvas and Leather | Black with Brown Leather

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by May 30th, 2017

This is a custom Carrier Tote for Stephanie in Humble, Texas. She told me that she has been looking for the perfect bag for a long time. She’ll be using it for work and as her everyday bag.

First of all, these are custom colours Stephanie chose. The body of the bag is all black with brown leather straps. This combination seems to be quite popular lately. I have made 3 custom bags in this combination in the last 2 weeks.


To the tote, she wanted to add 2 more outside pockets for convenience and organization.

The Carrier Tote comes with an adjustable and detachable crossbody strap. You can carry it as a shoulder tote or messenger style across your body.


This is the back view of the bag. Stephanie wanted an outside zippered pocket to keep her wallet, phone, etc. in a convenient place while being secure. 

Custom Bag: Large Carrier Tote as a Travel Bag | Lightly Waxed Canvas and Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather | Black

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by May 21st, 2017


This is a custom Carrier Tote handmade for Kristen in Rosemont, Illinois. Rather than the regular size one in the shop, she needed a larger one for work and her travels. Kristen was looking for something that looked professional, yet was uniquely hers.

She added a luggage strap to the bag to make this her carry-on bag. The full zipper closure also makes this an ideal travel bag, so things don’t fall out when you need to stow it under the seat.



The Carrier Tote is the most versatile bag in the collection. you can use it as a shoulder tote or messenger style as a crossbody bag.

Kristen added 2 front pockets to the bag for added organization and to make it easier to get belongings quickly.

Custom Bag: Men’s Courier Bag | Waxed Canvas and Leather | Messenger Bag | Midnight Blue and Charcoal Grey

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by May 10th, 2017


This is a messenger bag that I made for my husband recently. I’m calling it the Courier Bag. People think that he can have as many bags as he wants, since I make them. However, this is really only the 2nd one that I made for him. The first one I made was about 3 years ago (see end of this post for a photo of the first one). He deserves this one for testing the first one and for our upcoming 9 year wedding anniversary.

He used the first one for quite a long time and really liked it. He carried a lot of gear with him, as you can see. Sometimes I wondered if he was carrying rocks with him. At least I know it’s really hefty.

I made a few minor adjustments to the original bag and I think it’s almost ready for sale. I will have it in the shop by the end of May in 2 colour combinations.



I wanted this bag to be really masculine and for the colour combinations to reflect that.




The bag is water resistant, made out of lightly waxed canvas and Italian vegetable tanned leather.



Custom Bag: Carrier Tote With Front Pockets | Waxed Canvas and Leather | For Work and Travel | All Black

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by Apr 25th, 2017


This is a custom Carrier Tote for Samantha in Mawson, Australia. She was looking for a professional, yet unique looking bag for work.

2 front pockets were added for easy access to her phone, keys and passes.



A luggage strap was also added to make this the perfect carry-on bag. For most airlines, this size tote falls under the maximum dimensions for a personal carry-on.

With a full zipper top closure, you don’t have to worry about things falling out when stowed under the seat in front of you.



I would say that the Carrier Tote is the most versatile bag I have in the collection. You can wear it as a shoulder tote or as a crossbody bag (messenger style).

Custom Bag: Medium Zipper Tote | Water Resistant Waxed Canvas | Charcoal Grey with Black Leather Straps

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by Apr 13th, 2017


This is a custom Medium Zipper Tote  for Jennie in Victoria, BC, Canada. She liked everything about the bag, but she wanted her own colour combination. She chose all charcoal grey water resistant waxed canvas and black vegetable tanned leather straps. Jennie’s using this as an everyday bag and for work.



I really like this combination. It’s clean and minimal. Also, these colours will match many clothing choices without it being all black.

Custom Bag: Utility Tote As A Modern Diaper Bag | Waxed Canvas and Leather | All Black with Front Pockets and Name Personalization

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by Apr 6th, 2017


This is a custom Utility Tote for Noelle in Phoenix, Arizona. She was looking for a stylish and modern diaper bag and chose the Utility Tote with added front pockets.

This tote in all black looks so cool and minimal. It makes a good diaper bag because the lightly waxed canvas is water resistant and it has 6 organizing pockets in total.



Noelle also added a personalized name label to her bag. This option can be added to any bag or pouch in the shop.

Custom Bag: Commuter Bag with Long Tote Straps | Lightly Waxed Canvas and Leather | Charcoal Grey

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by Apr 3rd, 2017


I’m a little behind on posting some of the custom bags I’ve been making lately. I’ll post a few in a row in the next little while.

This is a custom Commuter Bag for Lyndi in Wilmington, California. The regular Commuter Bag has short hand-held handles. Lyndi wanted long tote straps so that she can wear this bag on the shoulder and across the body (messenger style) when she needs to.



  • Lyndi also added a personalized leather label with her last name shortened.
  • 2 front pockets were also added the front of the bag for added organization.
  • The crossbody strap is adjustable and detachable
  • A full brass zipper runs across the top of the bag for security.

Custom Bag: Commuter Bag (Toddler Bag) with Luggage Strap| Waxed Canvas and Leather | Midnight Blue and Charcoal Grey

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by Mar 20th, 2017


This is a custom Commuter Bag for Clare in San Francisco, California. She has a young son, so she needed something big enough for her and her son’s belongings. Clare told me she already has quite a few large bags, so she was looking for a mid-sized bag that she can take everywhere and be hands-free.

She chose these custom colours; midnight blue and charcoal grey. I think this combination looks really nice on this bag. Feminine and utilitarian.



Clare plans on travelling in the near future, so she wanted to add the luggage strap to the back of her bag. This is a very handy option, especially if she’s planning to travel with her toddler son.



Here are some detailed shots of the bag:

  • 2 front pockets were added to the front of the bag for easy reach of things she needs right away.
  • A full brass zipper closure at the top of the bag, so everything is secure.
  • solid and antique (muted) brass hardware throughout.
  • a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap. Wear it on the shoulder or across the body.

What A Medium Zipper Tote Looks Like After 3 Years of Use

Category : CUSTOM BAGS, STUDIO · No Comments · by Mar 12th, 2017


This Medium Zipper Tote in charcoal grey was purchased by Miranda in Toronto, Ontario 3 years ago. Recently, Miranda contacted me and asked if I would customize this bag and put a crossbody strap on for her. She said she really likes this tote, but also wants to wear it across her body, like a messenger bag.

The above picture is of Miranda’s tote. She kept it in really nice condition.



This is Miranda’s tote after the crossbody/shoulder strap was put on. Actually, this bag is called the Carrier Tote in the shop. It’s a very versatile bag because it can be worn on the shoulder or messenger style.



After 3 years, the bag is in fairly good condition. The wax has faded somewhat, but the wear on it is minimal.

I like working with this lightly waxed canvas because it doesn’t rub off on your clothing or anything that the bag touches. As you can see, the rub off is very little considering it was used for a number of years. Some waxed canvases or cottons are heavily waxed and it just gets onto everything. Having said that though, it really depends what you’re using it for. Remember, this material was originally used in the sailing industry, so they needed it to be really waxed and tough.

Custom Bag: Utility Tote | Waxed Canvas and Leather Bag| 2 Front Pockets | Black with Brown Straps

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by Mar 5th, 2017


This is a custom Utility Tote for Catherine in Coldwater, Ontario, Canada. She added the 2 front pockets to the Utility Tote and wanted brown vegetable tanned leather straps, rather than black. This simple change creates a whole different look for the bag. This beautiful leather really stands out with the black.



Here are some detailed shots of the bag. Lightly waxed water resistant canvas, solid and antique brass hardware, a full zipper closure and an adjustable/detachable shoulder strap.

Custom Bag: Medium Zipper Tote with Front Pockets and Luggage Strap | Water Resistant Lightly Waxed Canvas and Leather | Charcoal Grey and Brown

Category : CUSTOM BAGS · No Comments · by Feb 12th, 2017


Melissa from Burlingame, California ordered this Medium Zipper Tote with added front pockets and a luggage strap. I’ve been meaning to make myself this bag for a while now, so this gave me the perfect opportunity to make two. I think Melissa was reading my mind.

The Medium Zipper Totes are the first bags I made for sale. I consider them my signature bags and still really like the function and the simplicity of them.



I really like adding 2 front pockets to the bags. It makes it so easy to get things that you need quickly.