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New Price For The Reversible Shoulder Bags!

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but I used to work as an industrial seamstress for seven years. At the time I found it quite hard, even stressful. I didn’t see any upsides to my job and the repeating movements were killing my wrists. When I finally decided to quit, it felt like I had wasted all those years of my life.

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It took me a couple of years of reflecting back before I was able to see all the great things that came from having that job. I learned a great deal about mass production, industrial machinery, different sewing techniques and speed (you wouldn’t even believe!) Because of that job I am better at what I do today. I know what’s demanded of a quality item, and I settle for no less. I constantly try out new ways of sewing and improving my models. This is beneficial both to me and my customers.

shoulder bag

Let me show you a real life example of what I’m talking about. I’ve made these reversible bags for quite a while now. When I first designed the model I wanted it to be large enough to possibly work as an overnight bag. I wanted it to be simple (I guess most of us Scandinavian folk prefer simplicity), and I wanted the design to work with upcycled materials, which usually come in odd shapes and sizes. I managed to achieve all these goals but while I was sewing these bags I noticed something.

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As much as I love what I do and feel passionate about sustainability and improving the environment, I’m still running a business and paying a lot of taxes. As an entrepreneur I need to be sure all of my items make sense, I mean business sense. I realized sewing these bags took too much time. I had to price them higher than I wanted to, which is higher than I would like my customers to pay for them. They were also getting a little too bulky to fit into the packages I use, which meant the mailing costs were getting too high. So something needed to be done.

shoulder bag

I didn’t want to ditch the bag completely because I really like it – I’m totally a fan of large bags so that I can carry my whole life with me wherever I go (please tell me I’m not the only one..!) Because of my past in the industrial sewing world I was able to fix the problem – actually I was able to fix all of them. I changed the design just a tiny bit so that I now have pleats in the middle of the bag, instead of rouching all the way from side to side. This little detail makes sewing a lot faster. The second thing I changed was the shoulder strap. I used to cut and sew it from the beginning. Now I’m using upcycled waistbands from thrifted jeans. I get it done a lot faster, it’s more sustainable as I don’t have to use fabric (or throw those waistbands away), and they also have these really cool details that give the bag even more character.

shoulder bag

shoulder bag

The last thing I changed was that I’m now using only 1 layer of fabric for the top part of the bag. It required some brainstorming to figure out how I can sew the bottom parts into it, in a way that the bag would still be reversible. But I did, and managed to make it less bulky – and with the right fabric choices I can reduce the weight and the mailing costs of the bag.

shoulder bag

Because of these minor changes I am now reducing the price of these bags. From now on you can get an overnight shoulder bag for a new price of 54,90€ – well, you actually get 2 bags as it is reversible! For that price you get a unique, handmade item that no-one else in this world has, you support a one-woman-business, and you are making a difference and saving the environment by choosing an upcycled item. Thank you for all of that! Please remember you can always send a request for a custom order, if you want your bag in certain colors. There’s no extra charge!

You can find these shoulder bags in the Accessories-section of my shop.

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