Let’s say that you’re in the market for a new handbag or even a totebag. If you are like most people an image search on the internet will give you some idea of what’s out in the handbag market right now. Maybe you are looking for a new trendy bag, something that’s just a bit different than the rest. You could search “trend setting tote bag”. After seeing KristyBag in the top few, you might continue to search and notice something pretty interesting. Among all of the beautiful styles, each one would have exactly the same thing in common. All of the handles on the bags were designed to attach parallel to the front and back of the handbag. I’ll call this handle placement “east to west”. What I mean is they are attached left to right on the bags which is a very common totebag design. Actually, it’s what we usually know a tote to have, two handles attached at four points (usually across the front and back) of the bag.
The KristyBag by CG is truly a trend setting handbag. I can say that with all of the confidence in the world because I was there at the very beginning of its design stage. I was so intrigued when Kristy’s first thought was about how she wanted her totebag to look when it was worn as an accessory. She made it a point to design the handle of the tote bag to attach to the “north” and then latch to the “south”. This means that the handle attaches from the center back of the bag and latches to the front. The single handle crosses the bag perpendicular. It is a genius idea!
Award-winning and trend-setting Kristy totebag has a single handle that attaches perpendicular to the bag.
This well thought out design detail makes the KristyBag by CG very unique. This unique detail is a new style making the KristyBag a trendy tote bag. And most of all it makes Kristy Lash a truly new trendsetter in the handbag design world. According to Miriam Webster the word “trendsetter” is “someone who starts a new fashion, style, etc., or helps to make it popular”. Just as Crabtree Gardens has become a trend-setting garden by allowing nature to take its course, the KristyBag is setting new trends in the handbag industry.
The single handle on the “Kristy” totebag works with the nature of the body. When the arm is bent and the KristyBag is worn as an accessory, the placement direction (north to south) of the single handle allows full view of the beauty of the front of the bag without any twisting of handles. It allows the bag to rest in front of the body. The bag remains in the exact shape it was designed to be seen in. There is no twisting of handles on the forearm.
Kristy demonstrates the use of the shoulder strap and roominess while reaching her hand inside the front of the bag while still worn on the shoulder.
The “Kristy” tote bag can easily be carried to the side with one hand holding the single handle or it can be carried on the shoulder using the shoulder strap. This unique single handle design is the perfect way to add some beauty to a functional totebag. You just scoop it up by the handle and you’re off. It’s easy to add things into the bag without even unlatching the handle.
Kristy Lash models her Kristy totebag and her Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 at Crabtree Gardens
How did Kristy come up with this trendy handbag idea? Kristy Lash is an artist in the truest sense. Her ability to draw the human body and depict its muscles, ligaments, skin and bones imbues her with a understanding of human aesthetics. Her anatomical representations for the medical industry are beautiful works of art. It makes sense that she is someone who can design a handbag based on how it feels and looks in relation to the body. Kristy shared a few of her earlier drawing with me for this post.
Drawn by artist Kristy Lash
Drawn by artist Kristy Lash
She designed the tote bag to be worn not only as a functional item, but also to be worn as a beautiful accessory while perched comfortably on the forearm. The Kristy Bag by CG is the perfect larger bag for people on the go who appreciate the aesthetic value of a handbag in addition to the accessibility of the tote.
Our new Crabtree Gardens Handbag Line, KristyBag by CG is really piquing the curiosity of some other handbag designers out there. Our website, this blog and our Facebook pages are getting many hits. We are elated that this handbag design detail is stirring up so much interest in the handbag industry. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it used in some 2015 and 2016 new handbag lines, and if so, you will know exactly by who and where this trend started. It started right here at Crabtree Gardens, with the artistic design knowledge and imagination of Kristy Lash and practical skills of leather artisan Dave Crabtree. Kristy and Dave are the “ultimate handbag team” that are proud to say they have a trend-setting and an award winning handbag!
Dave Crabtree and Kristy Lash are the “ultimate handbag team”.
Written by Sandi Crabtree for kristybag.wordpress.com
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