Saturday, February 26, 2011

TerriAnn bags get a new look for Spring

The styles I have originally created for the Coming OF Age collection, are the base styles, many of which can be easily altered for changing seasons or moods. This allows me to expand and play with the collection, without making it too extended or in-concise.

TerriAnn is a modernized Western Saddle bag, which proved to be very receptive to small changes on its original look.

TerriAnn for this Spring will be lined, as this allows me to use more types of leather to produce them, without worrying that the sueded inner side is too soft and eventually may shed. I also included a small pocket into the interior.

Along with that, I decided to use magnet, in replacement of the sixties style button, as the leathers I chose for these bags call for clean, linear finish.

And, I am most excited about my Summer Edition TerriAnn, with my, now perhaps, signature, pleated flower.... The floral TerrinAnns will come in a variety of colour combinations - on which I will write a separate post, once I have them all made and photographed....

And, there will be a few One-Of-A-Kind TerriAnns, made using several different leather and suede types and other smaller pieces of materials.

Latte coloured Distressed leather

Traditional leather and suede TerriAnn with a buckle

Summer Edition TerriAnn in VINO - deep, wine coloured shell with bright red flower detail

... and there are more new handbags and new editions to come shortly...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Renata 2011

Renata is a tote and shoulder bag, I created for the Spring 2010 Intro collection.
I decided to not let go if the style, as we moved into the Coming Of Age, but I also have come up with some changes I would like to introduce to the Renatas of 2011.

They will still have the long handles and removable shoulder strap, side lacing detail and deep front pocket, only now they will have a softer crown, the handles will be attached on a  longer loop, so they can hang flush with the surface of the bag, when not used; and Renatas will be lined and have four inside compartment pockets.

I recently rolled out the first batch of new Renatas - and they are already available at the WebShop...

My recently found Spring colours: Pale Sage...

Pale Sage

 Walnut Brown:
Walnut Brown

..and Black:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

QtBeach - my first ever real beach tote!

Island Beach State Park, NJ - source FreeWalpapers

I love the beach --
it always has been one of my favourite places to pass time, relax or restore.  Having done quite a bit of travelling in my younger years, I have noticed, that I have always been picking places near some kind of  beach to stay at. The best vacations I have ever taken, have had the ocean, beach or a resort life in the mix. Or the mental pictures of moments from different eras of my life, stuck deep in my memory, have images of a sunset on a beach..

I have great love for the Ocean, from its soothing smell, to wild stormy roars and sprays, along with uncontrolled power of the moving water, that inevitably reminds me of my own fragility, mortality and yet, belonging to the Nature at the same time...

Each year, I cannot wait for the warm seasons to return, and always make various plans on how I would like to spend them...

For this coming Spring/ Summer season, I just had to make a real Jola V. Designs beach tote! And so, slowly, I designed the prototype below - a fun, simple, washable canvas tote, that could be worn not just to the beach, but also shopping, overnight travel -  and then packed away into a suitcase when needed. I use no stiffener, so this tote is sturdy and reinforced when worn, but also very compact, when packing.

QtBeach, our new Canvas Beach Tote --

QtBeach, in Pebble Grey and Neon Yellow

 QtBeach is a large tote bag made of mid-weight cotton canvas. I made two deep side pockets at each end to separate smaller necessities and easy access when carrying. The straps are longer than in most totes, so this one could even be thrown over your shoulder, if needed.

QtBeach, in Pebble Grey and Fuchsia

And, true to myself, l had to make it a fun bag - thus the two rows of fun ruffle detail in the front, with parts of reclaimed zippers for a pop of colour.

QtBeach - its "Cute", also "on the QT" (meaning, quiet, understated - like most of my bags)...

The prototypes have been made in Pebble Grey canvas, but I have other colours on the go, as well as innovative shiny denim - all liquidation and overstock VEGAN fabrics.

I am also really excited to finally have a truly plant based product!

In the near future I will be making batches of the QtBeach totes, perhaps adding additional reinforcement to the straps, for long lasting beach fun...

Length: 53 cm/ 21"
Height:35 cm/ 14"
Depth: 18 cm/ 7"
Drop: 41 cm/ 12.5"
Strap Length: 84 cm/ 33"

QtBeach will be available on the web-site shortly... till then, check out my Etsy shop, they're already there)
And - for now, I hope waiting for the Summer does not get too long and painful for us...


Saturday, February 5, 2011

35 percent off sale on selected bags...

I have created and made several styles of bags, that have been loved by my customers --

Since then I have built and released my second colletion, and some of the earlier styles are now officially discontinued.

So, the very last pieces of those earlier styles -- or earlier versions of them, I have put on sale for 35% off at my Etsy shop... Just so I do not completely miss making these guys, they will be available for custom orders, but these prices are on ly for this weekend - till Sunday, Feb. 6 midnight...

Look for discounts on these very last bags of their kind:

Jaki tote, Burnt Red

Sarah, Light Grey

Kerry, Tan

Renata, Dusty Rose

Kerry, Rosepetal