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London, United Kingdom

I began my handbag journey in London five years ago. Alongside being a Town Planner in the city, I would sketch ideas on the tube and stitch for hours in the dark hours after work. Once I gained courage to share my creations I realised they were actually quite good, giving me the confidence to develop my own style. CARV was born in 2014, founded on a set of core principles - care for the environment, support for local businesses, and keeping traditional skills alive. CARV bags are handcrafted in East London using traditional leather working skills, natural vegetable tanned leather, and materials from local suppliers. With each bag individually hand stitched using leather that get's better with age, the focus is on quality rather than quantity. CARV bags are inspired by the freedom and adventure of nomadic boat life at the hidden edges of the city. The design style is a modern take on traditional craft, with classic shapes transformed by minimalist finishing, geometric shapes and flashes of colour. An important aim is to showcase the beauty of traditionally produced leather - raw cut edges leave the natural properties of leather on show and triangle cut-outs with vintage fabrics contrast against the grain.

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