by Tasha Chapman
I've never been 100% comfortable with using leather in my creations. I do it because leather is such a durable material. Since I'm making bags that I want to be around for ages, it's the natural choice. Still, I'm very focused on using it responsibly and making the most out of every bit. I often think about the animal who provided the material and definitely respect its sacrifice. This means that even my scraps are never thrown away. I'm a little obsessive about it. Every bit gets used. Somehow, someway. No waste.
It was this feeling that made me want to create "The Lover." It's a new surf bag made without any leather at all, only fabrics, and it got it's name because it was designed with the animal lover in mind. It also earned that name because on the very first bag made (pictured here) an upside down heart appeared on the fabric during the dyeing process.
Meet the Lover...
This bag has several features that are different from the classic surfboard bags. It's made of 100% linen with an ombre fade that was created in house. No two Lovers are the same.
It was important to me that this bag be just as durable as the leather-nosed variety. So The Lover is fully lined with plush black felt. It's basically the equivalent of wrapping your board in a soft quilt. The felt itself is eco-friendly, being made in part from recycled plastic bottles. Also unlike traditional wool felt, this felt handles water just fine and dries quickly.
Even through you'll never see the interior seams (because the lining hides them) I still used high quality french seams on the linen to give it extra durability. It has a large lower logo patch, a bottom rope drawstring and brass hardware.
The Lover is cut generously and fits any board up to 6'2" (shown on my little 5'2" Bing Dharma, so use it for a longer board if you want to see the whole ombre fade better) As always, email me for info on creating a custom bag of your own.