This project started about five years ago when a friend of mine asked me to design a collection of leather goods he would have made in Morocco. Unfortunately this project never went through. Since then, I kept some designs in the back of my mind.
I've always been fascinated by bags, mainly because when they are well produced they are so useful for carrying more stuff than your back can manage. In fact, I own a lot of them and each has his own use whether voluminous, handy, beautiful or versatile.
We all know the myth of the bottomless bag which sometimes feels true when you search your keys lost between hundreds of other items. Regarding bags, being so large can be both a quality or a default. For this reason, I like bags that are following the shape of what they are holding. In term of size, I wanted this bag to be able to carry an A3 sheet without folding it. I conceived this sack firstly as a shopping bag that’s why I went for a vertical rectangle of 35 centimeters by 42 centimeters, with gusset sides which brings the overall capacity to fourteen liters.
The design of this leather bag is based on two intentions; simplicity (of form and material) and versatility (of use and size).Therefore I decided to focus on the straps to build the design around.
In my opinion, bags are often overloaded with straps that besides being useless most of the time, interfere with the esthetic of the piece. Thus I tried to find a system that would rely on one only strap to fit the two most common carrying positions of a bag; on the shoulder and on the back.
The solution I found uses a safety belt, attached to the bottom of the bag and sliding into metal loops on top of the sack as the only strap. Besides the versatility of its use, the safety belts offer an incredible resistance. On top of that, it is a reclaimed material that one can freely collect in scrap yards.
Since the Leather is also reclaimed from old sofas, I refined the design to be as low-tech as possible in order to maintain a low cost of production and increase the longevity of the item. In the end, the only value of this bag is time; time of conception and time of production.
Design & sewing / 2019
33 Rue Gabriel Péri, 38000 Grenoble, France
Credits: Nicolas Pabion (assisted by Susanne Bahls)