X is for X-Collection

When one of my designs is no longer in the current range I put it into a file which I’ve labelled ‘X-Collection’. So, today for X, here are some archive photos of my designs from previous years.

Shona Easton Freesia collection

I’ve written before about how I mostly get inspiration for my designs from the leathers and textiles I find and that is very true of this range, called ‘Freesia’. I found this embroidered linen with canvas backing at a leather and textiles trade show in Italy and I loved it so I bought the black/grey silver version and the white one with multi coloured stitching. I don’t often design evening or party bags so this is one of the rare collections when I did just that.

Shona Easton Sienna Collection

The ‘Sienna’ collection has been in my range for years, in fact it still is – just in a different fabric. Here’s one I made around 10 years ago in a waterproof Italian canvas twill with lovely rich brown leather trim.

Shona Easton Tessy collection

This glazed leather ‘Tessy’ collection from around 2008/09 was designed after I found the leather. It was very soft to feel and became more distressed looking with use. The two tone effect on the leather (seen best on the red) gave the colours a lovely richness.

Shona Easton Circles Tweed

When I found this ‘Circles’ tweed (in blue as shown and also in pink) at Lochcarron Mill in the Scottish borders, I just had to buy it. It’s got some cashmere in the mix, so it was really soft to the touch.

Shona Easton Nautica bags

The ‘Nautica’ collection was so named because I took inspiration from the big eyelets and zig zag stitching you see on yacht sails. These bags are from around 15 years ago now! I wonder if anyone still has one?

Shona Easton Antigua bags

I called this bag the ‘Antigua’ hobo. It was quite a large underarm shoulder bag with a zip top and big exterior side pockets. I bought the leather in Italy from a tannery well known for making leather for brands such as Furla.

Shona Easton Calypso collection

A fun cotton mix printed fabric, also from Italy. This is the handheld design from the ‘Calypso’ collection of around 2004/5.

Shona Easton Flip Collection

These bags, from the collection I called ‘Flip’, were totally reversible to give a cream and black or an all black bag. The canvas was bonded with a rubber layer between the 2 colours, making the bags fully waterproof.

Shona Easton Tutti Frutti collection

I loved these brightly coloured Italian leathers in lime green and turquoise, each stitched with the contrast colour of the other bag. The ‘Tutti Frutti’ collection was in very zingy colours and a big hit in 2006.

Shona Easton turq Morocco collection

The ‘Morocco’ collection. I do love turquoise and this silk striped material from Italy was one of my favourites around 10 years ago. The red version of the medium shoulder bag (right) was the bag that was spotted in Namibia.

Shona Easton Rio collection

This is the ‘Rio’ collection – not from 2016 but from 2006! The waterproof canvas fabric from Italy came in beautiful autumnal shades that year.

Shona Easton Sahara handbags

Following on from my ‘Rio’ collection, the same fabric in Spring colours is what I was inspired to use for my ‘Sahara’ collection in 2007.

Shona Easton spot holdall

‘Spot’ was a collection of handbags and travel bags in khaki, dark brown and pink. This is the khaki overnight bag with dark brown leather trim. I still love using one of these!

Shona Easton Polar collection

When I found a thick smooth nylon material that came in 100’s of colours I just knew I wanted to use it for the ‘Polar’ collection. These bags were all padded and quilted with a stitched design that I invented with my signiture ‘e’ stitch on the bigger bags. Every colour had a fabulous contrast inside, for example the pink had cornflower blue inside, the black a bright turq inside and the pale blue had a pinky taupe inside. This was possibly one of the first collections I designed with especially bright linings and I got lots of nice comments about how easy it is to find your things inside a bag that doesn’t have a black or dark lining!

Shona Easton Quito bags

The one that got away. I loved this aztec looking tapestry fabric but it was very expensive and so this collection, called ‘Quito’ sadly never made it into a production run.

I’ve enjoyed looking though all my old photos (well the ones that are digital!) and I’ve been surprised by how many designs I do have in my archive already. I’d love to know if you have one of these and whether you still use it.

Also – what do you think about re-visiting old designs? Is there one here that you’d like to see again in 2017?

W is for Wet Blue

Wet blue is the name for the first process for turning animal hides into leather. Chromium salts are used to clean and cure the hide, leaving it a pale blue colour, hence the name. Generally there are two types of tannery. The ones which take the raw hides and transform them into wet blue and…

V is for Vineyards and Vietnam

The A-Z of travelling handbags brings us to the letter V today, so here are my #BagsOnTour photos for V. V is for Vineyards Last year on a road trip in France, several wine regions were visited 🙂 This amazing celler (cave) is in Chinon in the Loire valley. The huge door opens into a…

U is for U.A.E

Today’s post for U is a look back at the 2 years I spent living in the United Arab Emirates. My husband, Robert’s job took him to the Middle East in 2008, first to Qatar, where I joined him in 2011 and then to Dubai at the end of 2012. We lived right in the…

T is for Trekker

When I designed the Trekker collection of bags, I had ‘busy people on the go’ in mind. The original designs in this range are all made from super durable heavy duty (but not heavy weight) canvas which has been stonewashed to give a softer feel. I then introduced a design in all leather in a…

S is for Suede, Skiving and Splitting

Hello on day 19 of my A-Z of handbags. Today is all about some of the materials I use, what they are and how they’re made. Suede Do you know what suede is? What’s the difference between suede and leather? Well they are both leather but suede is a term used to describe the finish…

R is for Roanne

Today’s post is about Roanne the tote bag, not Roanne the town. The Roanne tote has had a lot of interest this year, particularly in the turquoise and fuchsia colours (it comes in black leather and a black canvas/leather mix too). This #BagsOnTour photo of VIP Club member Tamsen Garrie with her turq Roanne tote was…

Q is for Queen B

This post is all about Queen B. The Queen B bag is a new design that was inspired by a lady who has helped me with my business marketing. Her name is Bernadette Doyle. While I was feeling low and in need of marketing inspiration, Bernadette asked me to design a hot pink bag for…

P is for Paris

Short and sweet today – a post with one of my favourite photos, sent in to me as a #BagsOnTour pic. This is the orange Nicky bag at the Eifel Tower in Paris. I love it!

O is for the Olympics

I can’t let the letter ‘O’ pass without mentioning the Olympics. Here we are in the middle of the Rio games 2016 and team GB is doing brilliantly. I particularly like watching the cycling (no surprise there, since I’ve mentioned cycling quite a lot here on my blog!) Today, I thought about the colours of the Olympic…