A Love Story. A bag.

Carv Pioneer Middi Shoulder Bag in Red

When was the last time you fell in love? For me it was a week ago when my new red bag arrived from Etsy UK seller Carv. I’m not joking; it’s the reason that, in our house, I claim a good 7/8ths of the wardrobe from my husband. I see an item, fall head over heels and sooner or later it’s made its way into my closet.

Carv Pioneer Middi Shoulder Bag in Red

Carv

But this love story actually began earlier this summer when I was invited by Etsy UK to work with a seller to create my ideal bag. I chose Carv, founded by Becky Cocker, for their minimalist aesthetic, hand craftsmanship and commitment to a small carbon footprint. All materials are sourced locally and each bag is made just round the corner in East London.

Carv Pioneer Middi Shoulder Bag in Red

Bespoke

I love a neat cross body bag, and I particularly loved the asymmetric flap. I did consider asking Becky to change the size of the bag. But after I’d measured it, I realised I could fit into it all my necessities including a favourite book. Yet I did amend the colour to this wonderful cherry red, which truly is the colour of the season. But let’s be honest, regardless of trend, every girl needs a red bag.

Carv Pioneer Middi Shoulder Bag in RedCarv Pioneer Middi Shoulder Bag in Red

The Process

It really was a labour of love. Every detail was thought through, down to the colour of the lining and stitching. I confess, I’ve never agonised so much over ‘dyed to match’ stitching vs. beige! And Becky even enquired to my height so she could make sure the strap was the perfect length. It was a delight to be so involved in the process; I feel like I’ve invested part of myself in this bag. In fact, if you look closely, you’ll see I’ve chosen to have my initials embossed on the back.

Carv Pioneer Middi Shoulder Bag in RedCarv Pioneer Middi Shoulder Bag in Red

Style To Last

Becky chooses to make a limited number of bags per year, to ensure great attention to detail and exceptional quality. This isn’t a bag for a season; it’s a bag to last a lifetime. And that’s the beauty of Etsy UK: they showcase a whole host of individual makers who are designing items to love and keep and allowing us to be part of that process. Inevitably it costs more for good design that’s handmade, but you’re creating style, style to last.

To be in with the chance of winning your own customised bag, head over to Etsy UK’s instagram and look for the #StyleToLast for more information.

This is a sponsored post and was created in collaboration with Etsy UK but, as always, all opinions are my own.

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7 Comments

  1. Rachel Steensma
    October 22 / 2:38 pm

    I love these pics. It’s one of my fave on your Instagram page. This bag is so up my street. Hello. Red bag. You’re beaut.

    • October 22 / 6:54 pm

      Ah thank you Rachel! I know how you love red. Though is it bright enough for you 🙂 x

  2. Jackie
    October 22 / 2:36 pm

    A good bag that really works is a rare find and a crossover bag is particularly practical. Yours is very neat and sophisticated too. Hard to know usually how ethical a bag is too.

    • October 22 / 6:56 pm

      It’s true Jackie, it is hard to know the ethics behind a bag, glad you like it xx

  3. Jackie
    October 22 / 2:32 pm

    A bag that really works is a rare find. A cross over bag is do useful and practical but yours is neat and sophisticated too.

  4. September 26 / 10:55 pm

    Ah thank you so much Rachel, I’ve had a few people not recognise me! x

  5. Rachel
    September 26 / 6:47 pm

    Initially didn’t recognise you. Great hair cut. Very sophisticated!

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