Sometimes random moments are just meant to be. The first time I ever walked into Natasha’s store, Rough & Tumble, was completely by chance. It just happens to be two storefronts down from my favorite LYS, and while we were all sitting in a circle, knitting away, one of the ladies mentioned it. I honed in on two words in particular, and heard nothing else–local, handbag. You all at this point obviously know my deep, driving passion for local items and those of you closer to me know about my small collection of coach bags. With that in mind, I convinced one of the ladies to accompany me down the street.
Walking in was an experience in itself–the shop is a breezy mixture of clean lines, stunning bags, and negative space. It much reflects Natasha herself–she has a sunny, cheerful face and a zen-like peace about her, even when she’s busy. She took the time to tell me a lot about the store.
All the bags are handmade right there–the entire workspace is open, separated only by a countertop like structure.
Natasha works with all different kinds of materials–deceptively delicate looking linen, rugged waxed canvas, and buttery soft leather. She designs for both function and beauty–one of her bags can be used 3 different ways–and goes through many prototypes to get it right.
The bottom line, in my opinion? The pieces are gorgeous, ethical, and local. The aesthetic is stunning. The bags are strong. The prices are more than fair. I’ve just sold most of my coach bags at a yard sale and will be adding to my new Rough & Tumble Collection. Just look at these gorgeous pieces with artist-designed linen (I have a market bag with the white lines!)
I love the rich cinnamon-pumpkin shade of this one.
It seems to harmonize with everything we style it with! The White cowl is worked up in Quince & Co’s Osprey yarn. A favorite local Maine yarn of mine!
For the giveaway- 2 skeins of Quince & Co. Lark AND one R & T wristlet of my choice.
To enter: share this post on facebook, and then visit Natasha’s Rough & Tumble on Etsy and tell me which bag you think would work with everything in your closet!
I just wanted to add that I am not sponsored by any of the companies I promote–I love this stuff and I that’s why I write about it!