And that’s a wrap! If you’ve followed my Instagram story last weekend you could see the last and final stitching being stitched (in the sun) of the work tote. It’s been a while but finally, my friend could receive her very own Florine Bag! Even though her schedule was slammed, just before her holiday, she just had to come and pick it up! Well, I can imagine why! It’s a beauty. The boxy design, the raw leather, the grain, the color and the SMELL of leather makes it just an amazing bag. If I could, I would keep it… but well… I can’t have them all. Sometimes you just have to let go…
Making of part IV
Since I only had to finish one side and some rivets, I did not make a real ‘making of’ post. Although as seen from previous Projects by Florine, you all like to see the final result! And since I am always a little proud of the result I like to show-off a little 😉
The grain of this leather is just amazing! The leather feels a little bit like a nubuck leather so, some of the ‘scratches’ you might see in the images, are not really there but is the effect of strokes over the ‘work tote’ bag.
One of her wishes was the ability of her work tote to stand upon itself but the leather should not be too stiff either… That was quite tricky to realize since I choose this hide especially for this bag but I have never worked with this specific hide before. But in combination with the design we made together at the beginning of this project, it did work out!
This is actually the very first bag with my logo on the outside… I was a little anxious people would not want it on their bags. But my friend said, ofcourse! Just, like any other bag, this bag should have its brands logo on it!! Even though it is still subtle, it’s just amazing to see your own logo on your creations.
Yet another fear is to ruin the bag by adding a zipper. But with this bag, I’ve proved to myself that I should not be afraid to use zippers. You just really have to take your time and not rush it in there. It makes the bag so much safer and it gives a professional look! Besides, in this case, it did give a lot of structure to the bag.
One happy customer!
I hope you will enjoy using the bag as much as I did while making it! The first scratches will hurt, but a leather bag needs to be part of your life. It will only become more and more pretty over the years. And don’t forget to take good care of the work tote every once in a while! For everyone else, if you’ve missed how I made this bag, or if you are curious which steps are taken in the process of bag making, make sure to check out the previous posts of the work tote (part I, part II, part III)!