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



Version 4.0 Update

Category : STUDIO UPDATES · No Comments · by Jan 16th, 2018

You typically won’t see me post a picture of myself very often on this blog. However, a big thing happened recently and I feel like a photo is appropriate. I upgraded to version 4.0 (at least I hope it’s an upgrade!). Yes, I turned 40! That number seems so big. I’m not one of those people that denies their age. I’m just more baffled about how time has passed so quickly.

The last 10 years have been a whirlwind though. I got married, had 2 babies and started this business. I think I’m just starting to catch my breath. I hope I’ll get better at my craft and continue to share with you interesting things.

Thank You And Have A Wonderful Holiday!

Category : STUDIO UPDATES · No Comments · by Dec 24th, 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is coming to an end. It’s been an incredibly busy year (not complaining) and at this time of year, I really feel that a break is necessary and I’m sure many people feel the same way. I’ll be taking a few days off with my family. We’re not going anywhere far, as I think it’s more relaxing just to stay put and enjoy watching movies, eating snacks and spending time with the boys.

I want to thank all of my wonderful customers. This business is a very personal one. As you know, it’s my own endeavour, so I take on every aspect of it. The connection is not just transactional. Through selling my bags, I get to know my customers. It’s a more personal service where I find out what you need, what you need it for, and what I can suggest. The really nice feedback I get makes me feel like I’m doing something right. The generosity I’ve received is just incredible.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting independent design. Wishing you and your loved ones a relaxing, safe and fun holiday. 

Studio Update: 40% Mechanical Keyboard Sleeve or Carry Case Group Buy

Category : STUDIO UPDATES · No Comments · by Nov 12th, 2017

Thank you everyone who participated in the 40% mechanical keyboard sleeve group buy. I didn’t know there are so many people out there that own these little keyboards! I’ve tried it myself and I get it, it’s really nice to use.

I just want to let you know that Christian (/u/pabloescobyte on Reddit) and I are working towards finishing your order. We plan on having it all finished this coming week and start getting them shipped.

We’ll also have these 40% sleeves/cases for sale on Modern Coup Cases once we are finished with the group buy. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a 60% or 65/68% sleeve, we’re currently offering free shipping in the shop.

Mechanical Keyboard Sleeves Or Carry Cases (60% and 65/68%) Are Ready To Be Shipped!

Category : STUDIO UPDATES · No Comments · by Sep 21st, 2017
Mechanical Keyboard Sleeves Or Carry Cases (60% and 65/68%) Are Ready To Be Shipped!

For the last 4 weeks, other than my bag orders, I have been working on, thinking about and dreaming about…

Summer 2017 Highlights: Work and Play

Category : STUDIO UPDATES · No Comments · by Sep 5th, 2017
Summer 2017 Highlights: Work and Play

It’s hard to believe it’s September again. I hope you had a nice summer. My family and I had a wonderful…

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

Category : STUDIO UPDATES · No Comments · by Aug 19th, 2017
Update: Production of the 60 and 65/68% Mechanical Keyboard Sleeves or Cases Has Started!

Thank you everyone who participated in the group buy for the 60 and 65/68% mechanical keyboard sleeves or cases. With…

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

Category : STUDIO UPDATES · No Comments · by Aug 9th, 2017
Group Buy for 60% 65% and 68% Mechanical Keyboard Sleeves or Cases | Water Resistant Lightly Waxed Canvas | Handmade in Vancouver

Over the last few years I’ve been watching my husband fidget with these small mechanical keyboards. He has all these…

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

Category : STUDIO UPDATES · 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 UPDATES · 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 UPDATES · 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 UPDATES · 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 UPDATES · 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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