Here are pictures of the handmade leather shoulder bags that I custom build using braided leather construction. These bags are quite popular. I have now designed it in three sizes ...shown in the picture and thumbnails above. The measurements of them are about as follows.
Large - 13" wide by 8" high by 5"
Medium - 11.5" wide by 7" high by 4.5"
Small - 10" wide by 6" high by 4'
Notice that the straps are all different lengths as well. The most common length of straps are about 32" long - it's the standard shoulder length that I use for many of the styles that I build. The most common long ones are 48" long, often worn cross body ...over ones head/shoulder. Some are made as short as 20" ...mainly worn over ones forearm. I ask each person that orders what length of strap they want.
I feel like I should caution folks about the size of the large bag with this narrow strap. If one needs to carry this bag for a long time it could become sore on your shoulder. One thing I did recently, to help alleviate that, was to use two straps that attached in a different location. There are two pictures of that bag in the 'large' section below. Recently, I thought of a good way to attach a wider/flat strap to these styles. If anybody is interested in that, they can inquire about it. Having said that, most don't seem to care so much, and, they're quite strong anyway.
The four bottom corners are pleated for dimension.
The cost of these basic bags in the three sizes are $190, $210, and $225 respectively. That price is without any pockets or appliques. Those features need to be discussed to determine the cost of them.
Below, the bags are divided into sections according to their sizes.
These smallest bags also have the pleats on the bottom corners and the large brass zippers that I use on most all of my work. As with all my bags - I will make the strap on it any length one wants. The base cost of one this small size is $190.00 - added features will have some additional cost. Click on the images for larger views.
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These clickable pictures show a closer view of the features of this bag/style.
This two-toned leather (Mahogany and Rust) purse has a pocket on one side that is divided - another pocket could be put on the inside of this bag using the same braid as this outside pocket. Either of these pockets could be divided or not. Folks should specify how long they would like their fringe/tassels to be. I suggest they go long - it's nice fringe. On the ends of this braided strap they are near 12" long.
Some, like below, have short tassels on the ends of the 8 lace round braided leather strap.
The medium sizes of these shoulder bags.
The small sizes of these shoulder bags
Here is a rather elaborate version of the bags on this page. It has two straps that are attached in a different location than the other bags. And, it has a pocket on each side of it - one of them divided into two pockets.
Here are two pictures of the same bag...on one side is a divided pocket and on the other side is a pocket with my tri-loop applique on it.
This tri-color one is made with the colors Black, Mahogany, and Rust.
The large sizes of these shoulder bags.
Notice the pleats in the bottom corners of this bag to create the third dimension.
Clickable pictures showing the most common three sizes that I offer.
Large brass zippers - YKK #10
Here is another medium size bag quite similar to the one above - the colors being a bit different and it's pocket is divided. The cola can is added for size reference.
Looking at all of these bags, it should be understandable how it can be said that
'no two bags are alike' :)
These two pictures are also the front and back of the same bag.
Notice the pleats of the bottoms corners to give this style dimension.
The bag on the right was made with a dark Brown body and Brown/Mahogany braiding.
A woman ordered a purse from me and I made it and sent it to her. She received it, said how much she liked it, and ordered these two bags for her daughters. One is made with the color Brown and the other with the color Rust. Both are rather plain - no pockets, no appliques, etc.
braided handmade leather shoulder bags
Most often I build these bags in three sizes - large, medium, and small. All are shown in their sections. Below them is another section for similar bags that don't fit those categories.
Here's an 'infinity-hearts' applique that I can put on purses - I really like it. I don't yet have one on this page, so, I decided to add it here for folks to see. This one is about 4" by 2" - it could be made it a bit larger.
In these three pictures, there are five different bags.
The bag is handmade with 4 oz. moccasin cowhide leather using a braided construction. The round braided straps are of 8 strands and the 8 tassels are extensions of them.
The seams are done with an applique braid - there are two pleats in each of the four corners of the bottom to give it dimension.
The large brass (YKK #10) zippers are hand sewn using 5 ply nylon thread - I punch the holes and use a dull needle. with a wide leather strap is attached to the slider.
The tassels on each end of the strap that are usually about 10" long. If you'd prefer, they can be made longer or shorter.