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



Update: Production of the 60 and 65/68% Mechanical Keyboard Sleeves or Cases Has Started!

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Aug 19th, 2017

Thank you everyone who participated in the group buy for the 60 and 65/68% mechanical keyboard sleeves or cases. With my husband, Christian (/u/pabloescobyte), we hosted a group buy on Reddit’s Mechmarket. We ran it for 1 week and it just ended last Monday, August 14th.

I’m overwhelmed with the response we got for these. In total we got over 100 orders, so I’ve got a lot of work to do! The mech keyboard community have been incredibly generous and supportive. So many nice comments and good suggestions.

Production has started. I’m tracing all the pattern pieces and cutting them out. When I cut it like this by hand, rather than use my machine cutter, it saves a lot more of the lightly waxed canvas and minimizes a lot of waste.

 

There are stacks and stacks of keyboard sleeve parts in the studio. When I make things by small batches, I’m very productive. For example, I’ll sew 20 pockets at a time and do another 20 of another part. Trace, cut, sew and repeat.

Group Buy for 60% 65% and 68% Mechanical Keyboard Sleeves or Cases | Water Resistant Lightly Waxed Canvas | Handmade in Vancouver

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Aug 9th, 2017

Over the last few years I’ve been watching my husband fidget with these small mechanical keyboards. He has all these tools to take the key caps off and switch them with different coloured key caps, amongst other things. The keyboard can look pretty fancy at times. I’ve never really asked him about them. There are a few things that I feel are his domain: vintage cameras, mechanical keyboards, video games and computer related stuff. I don’t ask and he doesn’t have to tell, as in I don’t ask how much he spent and he doesn’t have to tell me.

Anyhow, he wanted a sleeve for his 60% keyboard (it has 60 keys). I decided to make him one. The first version was good, but it was a little snug and I felt that it needed a handle (see last photo in this post). The photos you see here are version 2.0 and the final design, which I’m happy with and my husband was ecstatic about.

To make a long story longer… my husband posted his on Reddit and I posted it on my Instagram.We received a lot of interest in them and so we decided to run a group buy so everyone can get it at a special price. Right now we’re running a group buy on the 60% and the 65/68% sleeves or cases (The 40% cases are coming!). They are $39usd and $49usd respectively. After the group buy, they will be selling for $59 and $69.

If you’re interested, please visit us on Reddit. There is a form where you can place your order. We will be running this group buy until next Monday, August 14, 2017.

https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/comments/6s6oe5/gb_premium_60_and_6568_keyboard_sleeves/

 

The sleeve or case is made out of a water resistant lightly waxed canvas. It is a beautiful textile that doesn’t rub onto anything else. It has a carrying handle and a front pocket to put your cords and other gadgets in.

New Bag: Courier Bag | Unisex Messenger Bag | Lightly Waxed Canvas and Leather | 2 Colours

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Jul 14th, 2017

I finally got the Courier Bags in the shop this week. It’s now available in this midnight blue and charcoal grey combination or charcoal grey and brown.

This bag came about because 3 years ago, my husband wanted a messenger bag. He wanted to use it for work and as a diaper bag (Pax was 3 and Nol was a newborn then.) I made him a custom one that he used for years. That was version 1.0 (you can see it here). Along the way, I started appreciating that bag more and more. The wax canvas was really durable and the leather aged beautifully.

For the past few months, I’ve been working on adjustments and improvements for this bag. I feel that it is now a worthy bag to sell.

 

The lightly waxed canvas creates a water resistant exterior. The Italian vegetable tanned leather gets even better with wear. It gets a little darker brown and remains durable, but softer against the body.

 

The Courier Bag also comes in this charcoal grey  and brown combination.

Stock Pouches Revised: Version 2.0 With Optional Personalization

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Jul 6th, 2017

I changed the size of the Stock Pouches slightly, added a new colour to the line up and added an optional personalized leather label to it.

Orange is the new colour in the selection (and no, it is not the new black). There’s also charcoal grey, brown and red.

The size is 9.5″ W x 4.25″ H x 1″ D (24cm wide x 11 cm high x 1″ deep). I gave it a bit more height and depth than version 1.o. I think this allows it to carry a lot more.

The optional personalization is a nice touch, especially if it’s for a gift. I emboss 3 initials onto it.

 

What’s interesting about the Stock Pouch is that it becomes what the owner uses it for. In this case, it’s a “film pouch.” What??? Isn’t film dead? Tell it to the camera enthusiasts, like my husband. It seems to actually be alive and well.

My First Design | Medium Zipper Tote | Waxed Canvas and Leather | 4 Inside Pockets | Black

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Jun 15th, 2017

I have mainly been featuring customs bags that I make on this blog. I don’t think I feature some of the bags available in the shop enough.

Today I want to show you the Medium Zipper Tote in black, one of the most simple, yet useful bags available in the shop. In my opinion, the Medium Zipper Tote is an ideal size. It can be used for work, school, as a 13″ laptop bag, a diaper bag or for travel. It’s a classic style that can be used for a long time.

 

If you’re familiar with this site, you’ll know that I use lightly waxed canvas, Italian vegetable tanned leather and brass hardware. These materials are durable and water resistant.

 

This tote is actually my 1st design. I wanted to create the perfect tote that I would love to use. I saw so many beautiful looking totes out there, but they were not functional. Even the most high end bags were, in my opinion, lazy. Many totes were wide open without any closure. Placing a full zipper requires more time and labour. I wasn’t finding a lot out there with a full zipper closure, so I knew the tote I made had to have this. Over time, I’ve heard from so many customers, who have stumbled upon my blog or shop, that they have been looking for a bag with a full zipper top for a long time.

Comparison of the Large Size Tote vs. Medium Size Tote

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by May 24th, 2017

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Large Zipper Tote
Size: 18.5″w x 14″h x 6″ deep (47cm wide x 36cm high x 15cm deep)
Best used: If you carry a lot during your day, as a travel carry-on, need a large diaper bag, carry a 15″ laptop
Note: Utility Tote and Carrier Tote can also be made into this large size.
Availability: through custom order only. Please contact. cathy@moderncoup.com

Medium Zipper Tote
Size: 16.5″ W x 13″ H x 5″ D (42cm wide x 33cm high x 13cm deep)
Best used: If you carry a moderate amount, everyday bag, work bag, standard size diaper bag, light travel, 13″ laptop
Availability: in stock in the shop

 

Utility Tote and Carrier Tote | Lightly Waxed Canvas and Leather | Charcoal Grey and Brown

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by May 16th, 2017

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Utility Tote (short hand-held straps) and Carrier Tote (long shoulder tote straps)

Size: 16.5″ W x 13″ H x 5″ D (42cm wide x 33cm high x 13cm deep)

Also available in: brown and black

 

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New Bags: Pouchette Purses In Black, Charcoal Grey and Brown | Handmade in Vancouver | Water Resistant Waxed Canvas and Leather

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Apr 20th, 2017

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It’s Thursday night in Vancouver and I just can’t believe how fast this week is going. Recently, I’ve been also working on Sundays on custom orders. I like being busy, especially since I’m running my own small business. Being not busy is…not so good.

I got a chance this week to photograph the Pouchette Purses. I had to wait for a nice weather day for the natural lighting to take pictures. It’s been raining a lot here lately.

Some of you may recall that these look quite similar to the Petite Purses I had and you’re absolutely right. I made them a little bigger because customers were custom ordering them in a larger size to fit their iPhone 6 size phones and essential belongings.

When I first designed the Petite Purses, phones were a little smaller, so the size was adequate. A sign of the gadget times, I guess. I thought that I should also change the name of the bag to reflect that it is a little bigger than “petite.” So, here are the Pouchette Purses in black, grey and brown. I hope you like them!

 

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Here’s the grey one. These are really nice to take with you when you just want to take your essentials. I like to take mine on walks, to the park with the kids and when travelling (when I’m lucky enough to get away).

This Week In The Studio

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Apr 15th, 2017

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Happy Easter Weekend. Here’s a few shots I took in the studio this week. This cute bunny train is my younger son’s.

 

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My mom bought this pin cushion for me probably 20 years ago in Chinatown. I wonder if they still sell these. I’m guessing that they might be hard to find now. 

This Week In The Studio

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Apr 8th, 2017

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I just want to show you some photos I took in the studio this week. Sometimes I put them on Instagram, but I think I’ll compile a few at the end of each week and post it here.

These are a couple of pencil pouches in charcoal greyThe one at the bottom with the brass zipper is what is in stock in the shop. The one at the top is a sample carbon colour zipper I wanted to try. I think I still like the brass one more.

 

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A couple of completed bags. The Commuter Bag in charcoal grey (left) and a Utility Tote with added front pockets. 

 

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My parents take care of the little one when I work. Lately, it has been raining a lot in Vancouver, so he usually stays in. Here he is hanging around the studio playing hide and seek behind my chair.

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

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

New Bag: Minimal Purse in Charcoal Grey

Category : STUDIO · No Comments · by Feb 27th, 2017

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I”ve been selling the Minimal Purse in black for quite some time now. There have been some custom requests for this bag to be in charcoal grey, so I decided to stock this colour in the shop. The grey and the brown strap still looks very minimal, don’t you think? If you are interested in one, you’ll now find it here in the shop. 

 

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This purse is not too small and not too big, which makes it a great companion for walks, shopping, travelling and everywhere you want to be hands-free.