Some time ago while browsing on facebook I found a posting about a bag. It was one of those facebook ‘giveaway’ things where you share and comment and maybe win something, maybe not. And it worked, because i went to their site and bought two bags. Above is the picture of the smaller, saddlebag type, which goes everywhere with me. I also bought a larger satchel type that I use to carry my books when I do talks and events. Both bags are wonderful, and I love their ‘aged and loved’ look to the leather.
Anyway, spending too much time on their site which also has beautiful furniture and other things of great delight I got in touch with them, at first just to say how much I liked their site, their bags, the furniture, the stationary boxes and journals. And they got back in touch to say how much they liked my paintings and books and now we are doing a ‘giveaway’ together, of a satchel filled with four signed books. To enter just go to their facebook page and at the top on the right there is a competition link. The competition finishes on 25th September at 4pm gmt.
Soon I hope to be working with them designing an ‘artists bag’ with room for pencils and pens and sketchbook and with a lining designed by me. Not sure whether this will be limited edition or not, but there will probably be hares on it somewhere. In the meantime do enter, and have a wander around online. And watch this space for more collaborations.
Thanks to Joshua for posing so very wonderfully with books and looking so delighted.
I asked Carl to tell me more about Scaramanga and the satchels. This is some of what he told me. He is and was a traveler, and while journeying in India he came across a bazaar selling leather satchels. On returning home he brought a few to sell, hanging on to the original old one he had brought in the bazaar, until someone persuaded him that this was the one they wanted and he let it go.
The bags are made in India by an old firm, 70 years or so of working with leather. You can see more of the ‘makers’ of the bags on Scaramanga’s blog and website. And you can read Carl’s own story about the company here. But beware, once you get drawn in you will be lost for hours wandering their emporium of delights.