If you haven't already discovered Anna Joyce Design on Etsy, you MUST check out her shop! She is this great business in Portland, Oregon that makes bags, pouches, and home goods from her own hand-printed fabric. After admiring her work for a long time, I finally rewarded myself for my Etsy sales and purchased one of her charcoal polka-dotted totes. The craftsmanship is of incredible quality, durable canvas and leather. Since my bag arrived in the mail, it goes wherever I go!
Just recently she introduced her Fall collection and I'm head over heels for this charcoal anemone design with a leather bottom and zip-top. It's on my wish list and since my birthday is this month (it's October already!) I may just have to treat myself. It's the perfect bag for Autumn and can be worn year-round.
I love supporting fellow makers! I'd much rather buy a unique handmade item directly from a "real" person than a high-end designer bag. Owning something handmade and supporting a small business is, to me, the ultimate luxury.
*All images (with the exception of my polka-dot bag) are from Anna Joyce's website, annajoycedesign.com