How to Re-create a Vintage Modernist Bag
Subtle details and asymmetry give this bag it's unique appeal
This is the bag I bought recently at a local vintage shop. I thought it was from the 1980s. My first impression was that this was a simple, handcrafted creation. It turned out to be a well-made, much more complex bag.
Since it appeared to be such a simple bag, I didn’t really get a good understanding of what I’d bought until I got it back to my studio.
Sadly, it was in rough condition. I cleaned the leather with saddle soap and conditioned it with mink oil, so it at least looks somewhat acceptable.
I also restitched the saddle-stitched seams with new, waxed thread and replaced the handle with a new, longer one. This will be my new gym bag for the summer.
It dawned on me that this wasn’t just an envelope bag with the flap pulled sideways. The shape had been carefully designed. This was…
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