One cold winter’s night on the north shore of Long Island I had these faint dancing images in my head that would not let me fully sleep. All day I played with the idea of creating a new leather handbag style, but the winter of 2016 was so cold it left my bones and ideas frozen. I tried putting leather pieces together to form something new and every bag exploded against my shop wall. You see, that’s what happens to the bags that make me angry, I toss them hard and make them feel my neglect.
My mind was just blocked for the whole winter. I couldn’t create a leather bracelet let alone a leather handbag, but then one night when I went to bed ideas poured into me like an open faucet. The next day I didn’t even think because my hands started to build a leather handbag style I never made before. I usually worked with English bridle or vegetable tanned leather to construct the bodies of my bags but this time I had my eye on suede as the whole bag.
I had this beautiful English toast suede hide sitting around my shop for months. I could not decide what to make with it so I thought eventually one of my briefcase customers would want to use it for a lining. I’m telling you, my hands worked without my mind that day and I came up with this leather handbag shape. I was going to use a flat handle but decided on the brass handle at the last minute, I think it gives it a sense of uniqueness.
I had more suede left so my hands did not stop with the belladonna even though at that point I was flushed with great emotions of what I just made. I loved the turquoise buckle with the hand dyed veg tanned leather strap, the small size, and everything. I had another turquoise buckle similar to the belladonna so I made this leather handbag with a strap long enough to be a shoulder bag.
Both of these leather handbags are among my prized styles, they are tough to make but well worth the effort.