The history of “The Kristy Bag by CG” written by Sandi Crabtree.
Everyone loves a story. Ours is real and we think it’s definitely worth sharing. We are Dave and Sandi Crabtree and we own Crabtree Gardens, LLC a private garden located in a very picturesque agricultural area in Northeastern PA. We started out with some land and many “one day” future plans including developing a garden clothing line as well as a line of syrups made from the botanicals grown here. We are always looking to expand!
As we went along the universe began sending some amazing things our way and we were smart enough to be open to all of the possibilities. One of the many things that presented itself to us was a yoga community and through it came so many new friends and wonderful people.
One woman in particular, Kristy Lash who had just returned to the area following a divorce was a regular at yoga class. Kristy was crocheting yoga mat bags on consignment for our new gift shop. (Kristy by the way is our henna tattoo artist.) Her bags had crocheted shoulder straps. Dave suggested using leather straps that could be tooled with some designs for another option. They struck up a conversation about leather shoulder straps, each one of them having a good bit of knowledge about the subject. The conversation led to how Kristy had a passion for collecting designer handbags. Dave mentioned that he was a leather craftsman who himself had designed and fabricated leather bags in his earlier years. Kristy and Dave then began to discuss the possibilities of creating a line of custom made leather bags that were made here completely by hand. They decided to call their endeavor “The Kristy Bag by CG”. (CG represents Crabtree Gardens.) They agreed that Kristy would design a CG for their logo which would be hand tooled onto each bag they made.
It isn’t with any lack of design knowledge that Kristy hailed through the logo design. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design and worked as a graphic designer. She has over a decade’s worth of time and dollars invested in collecting fine handbags. She even had a spare room turned into a handbag room where her prized possessions were stored in glass cases. When it comes to handbags, she knows what works and what doesn’t. She is astute to the design details that either make or break the bags. She doesn’t just use the bag she becomes connected with it. She beams about the nuances of each of her bags just as if they were cherished friends.
The opportunity for Kristy to design a handbag for herself was presented and she catapulted into it. She came up with The Kristy Bag design based on her ultimate wishes for size, leather weight, hand, color, stitching and hardware. The Kristy Bag by CG is just another chapter in the Crabtree Gardens ever blooming and changing business model. We are really looking forward to this!