I love handbags but not just any trendy one. I’m pickier now as I’ve grown older and have come to distinguish top quality leather goods not only by the look but also by the feel and weight.
I personally like butter-soft leather handbags that are light, not to busy, that age well, are timeless and ones that don’t require too much fussing about to find my things. Not easy to find, so I always keep my eyes peeled for “the handbag,” which usually pops up in small boutiques, which often carry less commercial and more unique and carefully picked items.
Such was the case with Erin Templeton’s pocket pal, which I found in Rare Device, a small boutique in San Francisco. It was perfect, soft leather, light, simple and with a unique design. I loved the color: bone, but I had to be honest with myself because I knew that I would spoil it in no time. Unfortunately, the store didn’t carry any other colors so I wrote the name down and googled the designer.
My sight and touch were right; designer Erin Templeton uses top quality leather. Either recycled, imported cowhides, or select locally tanned elks and bison. She studied leatherwork in Australia and shoemaking in London. She lives in Vancouver where she has her studio and store. According to Erin Templeton, her designs aim to defy trends, using minimal hardware -which is why the bags are so light- with simple strong construction that resists time, wear and tear. Each piece is meant to become one’s own. Looking better as it ages.
Love them! I also got the assistant backpack!
Full disclosure: Neither the author nor On Life and Hope y todo lo demás received compensation from the brands mentioned in the article. Opinions are hers only.