Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle
Late this past spring, Kristen from Colette Patterns emailed to ask if I'd be interested in designing a bag for their new men's pattern collection which would make it's debut in November. "Heck, yeah," I thought. A few lines further into the email revealed that she would need the design finalized by mid-July. Mid July...hmmm... At the time I received Kristen's supremely exciting invitation, I was nearly 8 months pregnant. My due date was July 4th. Perhaps the smart thing to have done would have been to respond to Kristen thanking her profusely for the opportunity, turning it down gracefully, and begging asking to please be considered for any future design needs. That, however, is just not my style. In true Laura-can-do-anything-don't-stop-me-know-I'm-having-such-a-good-time-I'll-figure-it-out fashion, I said, "Sign me up!" And I'm so glad I did.
Designing this bag was a lot of fun and the idea came to me fairly quickly. The most interesting part for me was trying to think as a beginning bag maker. I wanted to make sure that my design wouldn't be too intimidating to a new bag maker but would look professionally made and fashion-forward. So far, feedback on the design makes me feel like I accomplished this goal. I certainly hope I did!
Because I was so pregnant and could have honestly had the baby at any time, Kristen was instrumental in putting this pattern together. As I made each sample bag (3 bags--one for each variation of the pattern--satchel, messenger, backpack), I took photographs of every single step and sent along typed directions which Kristen then made into the actual pattern. She based her hand-drawn illustrations for the pattern on my photographs (side note: it's pretty cool to see hand-drawn illustrations of pictures you took of a design you crafted). As you might imagine, getting this design finished and approved was pretty high on my "must do ASAP" list. Thankfully, I was able to ship all three sample bags as well as all the pattern pieces off to Kristen by June 30th. Whew! I take deadlines seriously. (Unfortunately, my daughter apparently doesn't. She didn't arrive till July 17th. Worth the wait though.)
I'm just so impressed with what Colette's team has managed to do in such a short time frame. I mean, in just six months, they managed to launch a new men's line (Walden), took outstanding photographs of their new collection, put together a beautifully branded kit for the bag I designed for them (sold out within 5 hours of being launched!), made gorgeous videos to highlight their new collection, did the work to actually produce and commodify the Walden collection (which is a LOT of work!), and a whole lot of other stuff I'm sure I don't even know about...Colette is an amazing company. And I know "amazing" is used way too much these days (guilty) but literally, they are an amazing team of indie designers. I am so proud of the work I did in order to help them produce such a cool collection for the unisex set. There are a heaping handful of indie-type patterns for the ladies out there but very few for men. This is pretty exciting for the crafting world. Some men sew! And some ladies like to sew gifts for men! I'm just so excited about this (can you tell?)!
So, if you are a crafty person like me and want to make The Cooper as either a backpack, a satchel/pannier, or a messenger, purchase the pattern here. If you'd rather just skip the craftiness and buy the finished product, we have it right here.
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Every year since founding Pansy Maiden, I have dreamed of being nominated for a VegNews Veggie Award. 2009...2010...2011...2012...
If you love my bags, my company, and my mission, I'd really love your vote. And voting is super easy--no registration required and you could even win a Caribbean vacation. So...
Head on over to the survey and vote! The "Favorite Vegan Bag Company" category can be found on the 4th page of the survey.
Last chance to vote: September 1st so don't lollygag :)
Our daughter, Djuna (pronounced "June-a") Lily Collins was born at 10:36am on July 17, 2013 (13 days "late" but who was counting...) in Boston, Massachusetts after 40 hours of labor. Motherhood has opened so many corners of my mind, that's for sure. Life will never be the same. Obviously. So in love.
UPDATE **Bags in this catagory are made and read-to-ship. They will arrive at your door around 2 weeks after ordering, probably faster! Any other bag will be subject to the wait detailed below.**
Because of my upcoming (baby) due date (July 4th!), all orders received between June 15th and September 15th will most likely not be fulfilled before October 1st. I hope to get some bags out on a rolling basis towards the end of August but, seeing as how this is my first child, I'm not 100% sure how to manage a newborn + a business. Please bare with me as I enjoy this special time in my little family's life :)
As a special, "I-know-it's-no-fun-to-wait," acknowledgment, I will be sending a free gift with every order that experiences more than a 3 week wait.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding!
No time to write much, but here are some graphics. Click through to see all new bags. And order quick cause I have a pretty long shipping delay coming up beginning June 15th: Maternity leave!
I'M SO HAPPY I WAS ABLE TO GET THESE NEW BAGS OUT! Eight months pregnant, y'all! I did it! Happy dance! Hope you love them!
And we'll be there! Sharing a booth with Teepearls. Come by and see us, won't you?
I'll have many pieces of 2012 stock heavily discounted. I need to move those outta here to make room for new bags and baby. Help me help you get deals on PM bags.
I'll also have a few Alva DoRight bags with me so be sure to bring the Mr. (Alva DoRight is pretty much unisex so please do not fight your dude for an ADR bag in my tent. We promote the idea of cruelty-free for humans too, you know :) I can always make more...