Helena’s charming personality could provide enough
inspiration for a whole collection of bags. There is a hint of girlish
cunningness and boyish trickery mixed with motherly concern, a feminine sense
of style and masculine courage in her. She is passionate, sincere and always stands
up for her people. The motto for the design of her first bag was “Fortune
favours the bold” and only time can tell what the future will bring.
Taking into the account Helena’s disposition for
impulsiveness, it was only logical that she changed her mind several times
during the design process. In the beginning, the bag was supposed to look completely
different. We had ordered the brown leather and the design had already been confirmed
when Helena’s vision changed and she decided that she wanted a satchel which
retains its form instead of a slouchy hobo bag.
Fortunately, I had many
deadlines staring me in the face at the time and her bag was put aside for a
while. In hindsight, it was a very lucky coincidence because after Helena spotted
a bright orange furry cowhide at a furniture place, the recognition was
immediate – scrap the modestly brown look, let’s make the bag a real
firecracker! I was very excited about the new idea and happy to “go crazy“. As both
Helena and I are still ardent followers of minimalism, we decided to keep the
shape of the bag classical but we did not hold back on the colours – purple details
add contrast to the orange furry cowhide
While making the bag, I often found myself stroking
the furry leather. It was like watching water flow or observing a lit fireplace
– a pleasurable therapeutic activity which never ceases to enthral.
out that Helena follows my example when the finished accessory rests next to
her. The flap works like a stress ball – a stroke or two and your worries melt
away into the soothing bright softness of the leather.
While Helena is now walking around with her bag and
brightening up the days of people around her, I am already generating new bag ideas
for her because Helena’s smile, sense on style and uniqueness translate
perfectly into bag designs.
Special thanks goes to Tõnu Tunnel yet again for
recording my source of inspiration and handiwork!