Handbag designing consultant in Zwicky Riedgarten, just outside of Zurich
Consultant-Parent-Wife with too much time on her hands (sometimes)
Finished a project. Teenager in his room. Husband in front of his PC. What to do?
Easy! My favorite pastime is to create stuff, specifically handbags – which no woman can have too many of – so out with the stuff! Let the ideas come!
This is my machine. Swiss Bernina. Two of them bought by my grandmother to her and my mother in 1989 and then one got handed down to me. Repaired in 2021 following heavy pandemic use. Wonderful!
(Yes, there is also a 1917 Singer in the background, “Model 15”. That one was my Italian husband’s paternal grandmother’s, a gift given to her at her wedding and probably used for earning a few lire, even if that wasn’t her job.)
This is my place. Zwicky was the old seamstress quarters of Zurich, back in the old days. Was renovated and built again as a residential area between 2016-2020 and now hosts thousands of singletons, couples and young families who don’t mind the 10 minute walk and 5 minute train ride to the city.
If you didn’t know, making bags out of Switzerland is hard. There are so many good and inventive makers of petty ware in Germany (and elsewhere) and we pay fees and customs on our online purchases. I’m so envious of you guys in the EU.
These are my bags, my darlings. If you like one, tell me.
(read at bottom)
Small pouch bags
or, “marsupio” as we say in Italian. They are very versatile:
can be carried on the waist, on one shoulder or across the upper body,
can close with either one or two swiveling hooks or a belt strap;
zippers can be matched or chosen for contrast, as can the cloth or artificial leather parts;
an in inner cloth and pockets inside and outside are optional;
the final touch can be labels, patches or why not something hanging down from the zipper or one of the metal parts.