Sallyann’s Handmade Bags have been totally inspired by the environment in which they are made near Miltown Malbay in West Clare. The studio in which I design, cut and sew the bags overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. I can see the rain barrelling in towards me and the need for a showerproof handbag is brought into sharp focus.
The bags are made by hand out of gorgeous showerproof fabrics, including my own unique fabric design. The water repellant fabrics are chosen for their vibrant colours and designs – I truly believe life is too short to carry a dull handbag.
And whilst the outside of the bags is always showerproof, the inside is always made from recycled denim jeans. On any fine day my washing line is jammed with pairs of jeans culled from local charity shops that are washed, filleted for pockets and zips, then cut to size and pressed. How many times have you been let down by a favourite handbag because the inside lining was made from a thin nylon that has ripped, leaving you searching between the outside and the lining for your change or keys?
The denim lining gives a strong, rip-resistant lining, and one that is unique to each bag because I can normally cut just one bag per pair of jeans.
The business is founded on environmentally aware principles and all the bags are vegan friendly.
Sallyann’s Handmade Bags are stylish and practical examples of how the environment can inspire design.
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