If you’ve been following the new Tik Tok trend of showing an outfit before and after adding accessories, you know how much styling an outfit can change the vibe. Good accessories hold the key! Just like switching the throw pillows on your couch can change the feel of a room, so can changing your earrings, hair style, or your bag. We personally love an accessory that is versatile yet fun. Simplicity has it’s place, but when we’re talking about spicing up an outfit, we want BOLD.
We love pieces that make you smile when you reach for them. Fun colors, interesting textures, and a unexpected shapes can do exactly that. Our newest leather bags in the shop, the TriSling, is perfect to play up an otherwise simple outfit. Jeans, a bodysuit, and a blazer are instantly transformed with a colorful crossbody sling bag over top of it. Add some bright, pointy boots, and no one is gonna call you basic.
One of the most fun ways to add a leather sling to your outfit is to add a sling bag that you customized! Solid colors and cowhide textures have their place, but a hand painted leather bag makes a huge statement. We would say that adding a small triangle sling makes for a fantastic proportion for how wild and fun the colors can be. It won’t take over your outfit - it will meld with it and elevate it. With several options for hand painted patterns, you can choose the soft and swirling Shells pattern, the bold, bright Rainbow pattern, the cute and quirky Confetti pattern, or the strong, nostalgic Ribbons pattern.
That’s not all. When it comes to customizing your very own TriSling bag, you can choose it all. When adding it to your cart, you get to choose your zipper color and your strap webbing color, but that’s not it. After you’ve checked out, we’ll reach out to talk all sorts of customizations. Paint colors, thread colors, even the zipper pull can be chosen.
Now if that sounds like too much for you, no worries. Our team can follow a brief. If you say you want something soft and dreamy, we’re going to paint with pastels and choose unobtrusive thread colors. If you can you want something wild and ready for a music festival, we’ll come at you with a rainbow of trending bright colors and thread to add a finished, colorful flair. Moody is more like it? Allow us to play with our favorite jewel tones.
Our goal is to make something unique and beautiful that can fit with a lot of your closet and spark joy every time you carry it - when you know you got to be a big part of the process of designing the bag, you’re gonna love it extra. Not a leather sling bag person yourself? These customized accessory options make for a perfect and thoughtful gift for a sister, a girlfriend, a mom, and for anyone who loves color, fun, and making a statement. They make especially good bridesmaids gifts that can each have their own unique look while all following a color brief. A leather bag in wedding colors makes for a great way to carry your phone and lipgloss for the big day as well as a wedding day keepsake. Your best pals will think of you every time they reach for this perfect bag.
So what does it look like to collaborate on a custom sling bag? You can be just as involved as you want to be. If you already have something specific in mind, we’ll work with you to make sure every detail is exactly what you want. If you like being surprised, we cannot wait to design a bag based on your personal style. As you can see in these photos, we have the ability to customize the thread color, every single paint color, and even the zipper pull color.
Making custom leather pieces for our customers is a blast, because it feels like making a special piece of art that someone will treasure forever. The Shells pattern in particular (pictured below) allows us to make dozens of micro paintings that each have their own interest. Hanging art on your walls is great, but wouldn’t it be fun to wear that art out into the world? Our pieces are so unique that no two pieces can be exactly alike. Even if we tried, we cannot make two leather bags the same! Each one will have its own custom process of painting and sewing that makes your leather bag special.
One extra fun part of working with vegetable tanned leather is how much of the owners lifestyle the sling bag can take on. Over time, vegetable tanned leather, or veg tan leather will naturally absorb oil, moisture, sun, and warmth. Just by the nature of holding the leather bag, wearing it across your body, or walking through your neighborhood, the leather will absorb your chemistry and that of the world around you. This process is called patina, and we think it gives a piece its own personality - a soul. We see veg tan leather bags change from light and bright to warmer and darker over time. It feels like magic and it makes the piece feel even more personal as time passes.
Styling your outfit should be fun and breezy. Choose a color palette that will blend perfectly into your wardrobe makes this process easier! For a light and airy wardrobe that includes lots of linen and silk, we love a rainbow of colors in a complimentary palette - like orange and blue or pink and green. For darker, more neutral wardrobes, we suggest going with a warmer, moodier palette - jewel tones with chocolate and charcoal hues work really well here.
We love to dream, so let us style your next favorite leather bag!