I have a thing for bags. I have them in all shapes and sizes but none were remotely practical for ten days travelling through India. I needed a bag that was sturdy, comfortable, big enough for a laptop and that felt secure. We had the pleasure of a feature being submitted about Charlie Borrow, a leather bag maker based in London, for Volume Three of the magazine and since then I had been desperate to own one myself. One of his beautiful totes wasn't quite right for touring around (sob) but quickly a backpack caught my eye and Charlie accommodated my request for a colour that isn't currently available on his website. It came with me absolutely everywhere, and since returning from India has proved itself invaluable for long days out walking too.
First great thing, this bag is BIG. As in, I could almost live out of it or in it. Second, the wide leather shoulder straps make carrying heavy items in it an absolute breeze, amazing for me as I almost always overpack and inevitably it can get really heavy. The straps are also adjustable length wise, this makes it the perfect bag to lend to friends and family as they can make it comfortable for their back size. Thirdly, for me the design was really important, as well as being practical I can share this bag with my boyfriend and it doesn't feel masculine or feminine, it's just a great design that suits everyone. Lastly, it's hand crafted and be an independent designer. Knowing that my bag was handmade for me and my specifications is amazing. Each stitch and cut are unique and I got exactly what I wanted and needed.
In Volume Three Corina Esquivel visited Charlie in his workshop, prior to that she'd been to visit and photograph him at O'Dells Store. A beautiful shop that stocks Charlie along with other curated menswear and homeware. You can see the full feature and interview in Volume Three. You can pick it up online or via one of our wonderful stockists.