The Finest Handbags, Made by One Man
TALLOWIN is a luxury handbag label dedicated to creating the finest hand-stitched handbags available. The label is based in London and was founded by award-winning designer Mark Tallowin in 2012.
Each item is handcrafted from start to finish by the designer. Every single stitch is formed by hand, using an incredibly labour intensive technique known as the 'Saddle Stitch'. On average just one handbag is completed each month.
Every single component is marked by hand, cut by hand, beveled and burnished by hand, before being stitched - as you may expect - by hand. The only process done outside of the studio is the gold-plating of the hardware. This is entrusted to a respected polisher in London's jewellery quarter.
Some of the techniques involved are presented in this short film.
The studio is not open to the public but appointments to discuss potential orders are welcomed. Should you wish to view the samples please feel free to get in touch.
Made to Order
When a client places a new order, a drawer is set up as the home of their item as it is being created. On day one it holds just the paperwork, but soon the rough-cut leather components are added, followed by the hardware, fresh from gold-plating.
As work continues, the handbag is slowly pulled together and brought to life. The final act is to drop a small parchment slip which notes the client's name into the bag, sealed with the final stitches.
The finished item is documented with a polaroid which is included when the bag is boxed up ready for delivery to the patiently waiting client.
Events and Exhibitions
TALLOWIN organises trunk shows, private events and public exhibitions in London, where the label is based. Visits to Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo are also planned for this coming year.
For invitations to events, such as the London Craft Week showcase at Leathersellers' Hall, subscribe to the Newsletter.
For previous events take a look at the Journal.