The making-of Shoulder Bags

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Kaja, our artisan, an excellent sewer to be precise. I was a little scared when we first met 2 years ago, and quite sceptical too. It is my years of experience that have led me to believe that finding the right sewer is almost an impossible task. It is not just the skills; it is also the passion to make a small series of products on repeat and a dash of common business sense that I’m looking for. Kaja is all of this. And…her mix of femininity, sharp focus and power that is not so obvious with her appearance is breath-taking. If I’m lucky, I can hear the bass and drums and a singer’s deep scratchy voice when entering, in fact not entering but approaching, her studio. This is a moment of great luck. I have the opportunity to see her sewing on a wave of that music playing loudly on her laptop. I kind of feel it in every Kaaita product she makes. Thank you Kaja for being such a dedicated part of our team. I will do my best to continue our best practice when you return from your maternity leave. Your goodwill floats our boat.

This is the only picture where you can see that Kaja is pregnant (ok, I know you have to try hard to notice). She is due to give birth in November. Can’t wait to see the baby!

As you can see, the Tyvek paper is only coloured on one side. The second side remains white due to the coating that makes it impossible to colour. To overcome this restriction, we sew two layers of paper together to create one layer painted on both sides. This feature led us to the idea to take the opportunity to colour the interior in a slightly different shade.

It takes about half an hour to rotate a bag into its right position. It will be crumpled like real paper, slightly scratched, but that is a feature, not a bug. Your Hendee will also change with wear and the patina it develops will reveal its true hidden beauty.

Photos by Romina Ivancic.

shoulder bags the making of

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