Minimal and elegantly finished leather bags – from a designer of home goods


Home accessories and designer designer Mary L Chan makes it clear, “It’s presumptuous to insist that customers will pass certain things on for generations. But, she continues, “I’m not interested in designing a landfill either.” She found an intersection between the overpriced and the disposable in 2014. She made her first handbag, the Trudis tote, after failing to find a tote that exactly met her needs; the thought behind his subsequent leather pieces centered on the experience of stepping out into the world. “What should you bring with you and how should you transport it? How do you want to present yourself? Chan lists as considerations. “And how does the bag become a functional object that has its own life and that coexists with all the rest of your space? “

Credit…Bartleby’s Objects

Much of his effort is focused on the finishes of each bag. The Trudis tote is especially soft where it touches a person’s body; the Brunella handbag, an interpretation of a true feminine handbag with a hinged flap, has unpainted edges, so it doesn’t look perfect; the hand-dyed Jeanette pouch, its most popular (and labor-intensive) design, is secured using custom brass hardware, not custom, because “a lot of that comes from of what I’m able to do on my own, ”Chan says. “I don’t have factories because I like to do things more than I like to look for factories.”

In fact, she spent seven years in her Brooklyn Navy Yard space knitting, weaving, turning on wood, and making furniture as part of her multidisciplinary practice – all while watching the interior design industry change and its life. leather goods, in particular, take off. Yet Chan only keeps two of each style of bag in stock and intends to develop the collection on his own terms. “I don’t imagine that every season I’ll come out with 15 new bags,” she said. “It’s based on what I’m thinking of at the time. Sometimes it’s about changing color; the bags are made in specific colors because that’s what suits me. She adds (inserting the caveat: “I’m going to be sorry I said that”): “I never feel like I need to make a bag out of black or brown leather. I could do it, but I realize that it is not necessary.


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