Late last year I was making a lot of wallets in preparation for a couple of holiday shows as well as stocking the online shop and local shops that carry .retool. products. I decided I needed a break, so I got in touch with my friend Pam and offered to make her and her husband Glenn each a bag as a gift.
I suggested a new design I was testing out, but she threw me a curve. For her bag, she countered with a list of features that bore little resemblance to my initial offer. This gave me the opportunity to try something different that I would not have come up with on my own. It also sparked some ideas for some new designs, so it was well worth it!
Pam wanted something similar to this toiletry case I made for her a couple of years ago. She loved the size, but wanted some more depth, instead of a flat pouch. She wanted a black print, a 1 inch strap, and an interior pocket. So, basically she wanted something more purse-like.
Here’s what I came up with:
Pam’s a cat person, so I decided on this adorable CoCoLand print from Kokka. I moved the zipper to the top of the bag. The bag is about 1 and half inches deep.
Back view. The 1 inch wide strap is adjustable and clips on to the bag.
The grey lining is made from recycled plastic bottles. My favorite part is the lining of the interior pocket.
We’ve updated our Tote Bag to include a zipper top closure. The new batch features eye-catching prints paired with durable nylon. The bags have one exterior zipper pocket, two side pockets and a small interior zipper pocket.
We’ve got a fresh batch of laptop cases ready, too. They have an exterior zipper pocket and a layer of 1/8″ closed cell foam.
Yoga Mat Straps
We’ve been planning to make a batch of yoga mat straps for ages and finally got around to it! The straps are available in three sizes to fit mats ranging from 1/16″ to 1/4″. The straps can be worn crossbody or over one shoulder and can even be used during class to assist with various stretches. Check them out in the shop here.
Seatbelt Webbing Pouches
Our new seatbelt webbing pouch is great for everything from pencils and pens to makeup. It even has a d-ring so you can clip it to a bag or attach keys or a strap.
It’s Urban Air Market‘s 10th Birthday and last show of the year. Join us and over 100 other designers and artists for a block party full of fashion, art, and music with an emphasis on sustainable design.
The fair runs from 11am – 6pm on October 11. Don’t forget to drop by the .retool. booth and say hello! We’ll be on Haight Street, near Fillmore.
Our new mini wallet is now in stock in the shop! It’s geared towards the minimalist who wants quick access to a few cards and some cash. Each of the card slots will hold 2-3 cards. The center slot is perfect for holding cash that is folded in half or for some extra cards. It’s currently available in all black, black with a silver racing stripe, and black with a red racing stripe. Click on the photos below for a larger view.
Urban Air Market is in Dogpatch (Esprit Park) on Sunday in SF and that means that there’s been an additional buzz of excitement chez .retool. We’re excited to present a few new items, some of which are pictured here to whet your appetite! UAM focuses on sustainable design, which we really appreciate. We’ll be participating in their Lower Haight show on October 11!
As much as we love creating and presenting new items that we hope you’d like to make your very own, we are equally engaged in an evergreen process of making our booth and tables an inviting and visually appealing place for you to peruse our wares.
So come by and check us out! (Booth #37, on 19th St, near Indiana)Sunday Aug 17, Minnesota Free to attend.