Hand Tooled Leather Shoulder Bag Handbag, 'Hip Chic in Black'
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Bag: 21.5 cm H x 29.5 cm W x 7.5 cm D
Bag: 8.5" H x 11.5" W x 3" D
Strap: 2 cm W x 61 cm H
Strap: 0.8" W x 24" H
Drop: 33 cm from strap to bag
Drop: 13" from strap to bag
- Leather with iron fixtures
- Size may vary slightly
- Color(s) may vary slightly
- Features a magnetic button closure
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"As far as inspiration is concerned, I have to admit that many times it's the leather itself that suggests the bag's shape. Designs depend on the quality of the leather, on the shapes or objects I see around, on current trends… and they even depend on the mood I'm in!"
"My name is Eduardo Alcalá Valencia, and I began to work with tooled leather in the state of Michoacán, where I am from. I made saddles, linings, pants, etc. Then I made shoes and dressage.
"One day I received a telegram with some money in it, inviting me to go to the state of Jalisco to work, and I accepted. After a week, the workshop owner approached me and asked if I knew how to make belts, to which I replied yes. He told me to leave what I was doing and took me to another part of the workshop, where I made belts. Soon I was promoted to master, given my own working table, and I coordinated a team. I was given the freedom to create my own designs.
"One day my wife asked me to make her a coin purse, and when the people at the workshop saw what I had done, they liked it and asked if could do it in a larger size. That's how I began making bags. Sometimes they would bring me some samples to replicate, but most of the time I worked on my own designs.
"As time passed by I became workshop manager, and I developed a good working and personal relationship with the owner, Max. We even became compadres. After a while things changed and problems arose, so I decided to set up my own workshop, where I specialize in belts and bags.
"As far as inspiration is concerned, I have to admit that many times it's the leather itself that suggests the bag's shape. Designs depend on the quality of the leather, on the shapes or objects I see around, on current trends… and they even depend on the mood I'm in!
"Amongst the challenges I have had to face, I am proud to say that I have been able to support my family. Even though this is a beautiful profession and the results are equally beautiful, it is also a difficult profession because sometimes people would rather buy from intermediaries than directly from the person who made the item. This unfortunately affects the artisan, because we earn a lot less than we should.
"My designs are filled with Mexican sentiment, because in Mexico we do not only revere death (Day of the Dead celebrations), we also revere life. This is reflected in the work of artisans who infuse their products with life.
"I would like to see my type of work preserved, and I also want to show it to the whole wide world. It would give a great sense of satisfaction to know that my work is recognized and admired throughout the world. It would even be better if my work was recognized in my Mexico.
"I would like to assure customers that my products are entirely crafted by hand, with quality materials, which makes each piece a work of art. Since I make each piece by hand from leather, there can be slight imperfections, which should not be regarded as defects, but rather as a testimony to the authenticity of the material and the handcrafted process."
The ""Carolina"" handbag which arrived today is excellent, stylish, and beautifully made. Thank you Mr. Alcala and thank you Novica!
I was absolutely thrilled to receive my Midnight Rose handbag from Eduardo Alcala! The carvings on both sides are so intricate, opulent and life-like and the design both stylish and sophisticated. I am so proud to be carrying such a magnificent work of art wherever I go! Thank you Mr Alcala for your unique talent and Novica for showcasing his genius!
Burlington, Iowa USA
Today I received my gorgeous new shoulder bag by Eduardo Alcala ""Chrysanthemum"". It is even more beautiful in person. The workmanship is very well done and the color is perfect for me.
Thank you for the beautiful carolina bag. The workmanship is intricate and superb! The leather is gorgeous. Thanks Eduardo for the exquisite work! I will use this lovely bag for years to come!
I was prepared to be disappointed but my new handbag, Hip Chic in brown, is very lovely and detailed. I am impressed by the workmanship and the design is really unique. It is so much nicer than the photo would suggest. Thanks for the beautiful work on a utilitarian object. I expect there will be lots of compliments!
Tulsa, Oklahoma USA
Beautiful handbag. Small but just the right size when you don't need a super large bag. Very pleased with the quality and design. Thank you Mr. Alcala!
San Diego CA USA
Your 'Tonala Burgundy' handbag has become the object of mine and all my family and friends affection. I love it and whenever I carry this bag, no matter where I am someone always comments about its beautiful leather and the detailed tool work. Muchas gracias, Senior Alcala, I am going to shop for another one of your beauties!
Dear Sr.Alcala, I purchased 2 purses from you and I just love them. Your workmanship is very beautiful. Thank you, Cathy
Hi Mr. Alcala! Oh my Lord! I just received Hip Chic Brown and there are no words to describe the beauty. Your hands are magical! Thank you so much and I'm looking forward to my next hanbag from you, expected any day now! God Bless you
Hi once again Eduardo! I just received my 2nd bag from you today, Leather shoulder bag, 'Chrysanthemum'. Now I can't decide which to use as I love my first! Your workmanship is perfect and we are so lucky to be able to buy your incredible products! This bag is so beautiful, detailed and wonderful to the touch. It's worth much more than I paid. Thank you so much, you are an amazing artisan! Gail Bell Bristol, RI, USA
Hi Eduardo! I just received my 3rd and 4th bags from you, ""Coffee Blossom"" and ""Tonala Burgand."" From my other 2 bags I knew I'd love anything you create and I'm not disappointed. Amazing workmanship, incredible leather as well as a beautify that cannot possibly be found in a mass produced bag. Both new bags reflect your signature hand tooling and both have that high end leather smell only found in the best. I intend to buy more from you as now that I own your creations I'm spoiled. I have one of a kind, handmade beautiful Eduardo Alcata handbags. How could I ever shop in a store again? Thank you! Gail Bell Bristol, RI USA
Melbourne / Victoria / Australia
WOW !!! I recently received my stunning shoulder bag, ""Hip Chic in Black"". No words could ever really convey the true beauty of this amazing MASTERPIECE. The design, workmanship, quality and functialty of this stunning accessory is beyond compare. Mr. Alcala, you are an extremely talented and gifted artisan. Thank you for sharing your unique skills with the rest of the world. I LOVE this bag and I will carry it with pride and joy. THANK YOU !!!
I have just opened the mail and am looking at my beautiful black tooled evening bag. It is amazing! The lacing that holds the different sections together is just gorgeous. I will really treasure this bag.! Thank you so much Senor Alcala, for you beautiful and timeless work. You are a true artist and craftman!
I received my Honey Trellis Shoulder Bag. I love it. The craftsmanship is wonderful. I will recommend this site and artist to everyone. Thank you Eduardo for making something I can enjoy and be proud to carry.
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Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.
Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.
Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.
Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.
Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.
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