I collect fabric. I collect it for its beauty of color and design, for its textures and unusual weaves. I collect it for its place in history. This passionate endeavor has kept me in massive piles of textiles for most of my life. One large room in our home is completely filled to the brim with boxes filled with fabrics that come from all over the world.
One day, I was doing research...I have a television program called “The Total Woman” where I interview women about their careers and experiences. One of our regular guests is Brooke Stanton, a remarkable costume designer. She does a series on “Costume and Culture”. I was looking for images for one of her shows in “The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute...Fashion...A History from the 18th to the 20th Century” and came across a picture that really resonated with me. It was a photograph of a stunning 1890's era gown with an elegant small handbag on a long cord that nestled in the folds of the voluminous silk skirt. It was wonderful!
I knew that sooner or later, I would have to do something with my room full of beautiful materials and trims and I decided to make handbags.
Why shouldn't we have some of that luxury in our lives today? No reason that I could think of...so my textile collection began to dwindle and I spent hours matching up fabrics with one another and selecting linings, trims, beads, and cordings until they looked like they had been friends forever.
My handbags are inspired by the images and experiences of past times...where beautiful fabrics were a part of every well bred lady's life. The touch and sound of silks and satins, the weight and luxurious surfaces of velvets, fine wools, and furs, the smell of freshly ironed linen, the extravagance of colorful embroideries and intricate laces. None of us live in that world today...but you can have a little glimpse!
Every time your hand slips inside of one of my bags you will have a sense of the past and the luxuries of that time. The strap of long roping is hand sewn to assure a perfect fit to the edge of the bag. They are made of fabrics that come from all over the world, many very expensive and some antique...making every bag one of a kind that comes with its very own special story...from me to you!
Cheryl Webb Scott