The base of the Sail is strengthened by lightweight board made from recycled leather and the soft webbing handles are leather-bound for carrying comfort, as well as clever, openable side straps on the front to expand the already huge capacity. A simple grand space inside, Sail also has a generous zip-close interior pocket for those little things that must be kept secure and found quickly, and a handy leather lanyard with a clip to secure anything from keys to one of our gorgeous little pouches. The Sail carries its little red, stitched cross low on one side spine and its individual numeral on the interior logo patch.
W x H x D: 49 x 41 x 25 cm (19” x 16” x 9 ½”
Handle drop: 22cm (8.5″)
About The Denim
The denim that forms the central theme of these bags was carefully chosen from the world-leading mill, Cone Denim, in the USA. Masters in modernising and improving the ages-old craft of milling denim, sustainability and traceability are at the very heart of their work. Their ‘Freshman’ denim, which we have chosen for this collection, is a blend of sustainably grown, processed and produced hemp, with fully traceable regular cotton, organic cotton, and post-consumer recycled cotton. It is dyed with their Distilled Indigo liquid dye process, which reduces chemical, water and energy consumption, and finished with their ground-breaking ozone-based system which improves colour fastness whilst making 83% saving in water consumption.
Mindful that traditional denim, whose roots are firmly in workwear, has not been the most earth-friendly of fabrics to produce, it was vital to Tusting that if they were to use denim for this new collection, it should be denim they could be proud to use – this is.
The Inside Line
The leather on these bags is our much-loved Chocolate Montanasoft. This is created in a tannery in Germany which has received the highest (gold) rating from the Leather Working Group which has set stringent guidelines for environmentally safe leather production, and to which we insist all our partner tanneries adhere. Strong, soft and extremely durable, Montanasoft provides the perfect partner to these outstanding fabrics.
The Flame-Red lining fabric is made in Scotland by one of our favourite fabric suppliers. It carries a completely dry, waxed and air-tumbled finish for a water-repellent soft-touch feel. As such, it too copes well with being wiped clean.
Each bag carries the special combined interior logo for the collaboration and a tiny red, stitched cross denoting the handcrafted nature of the bags -– the only branding visible on the outside of the bag. Each is then individually numbered in numerals created from India’s own handwriting – so that every piece is unique.
Behind the Collaboration
We are completely delighted to be collaborating once again with India Hicks, whose enthusiasm for our team’s talents is so encouraging. Our first collection, in the autumn of 2021 was a runaway success. This time, we’ve reimagined the two gorgeous tote bags in wonderful summer-ready denim fabric and added this hero new satchel, The Stud, as well as some helpful little accessories.
Once again, India – writer, designer, former model and all-round creative force – has been deeply involved in the whole process of development, ensuring we have fully retained the uplifting ‘let’s go!’ vibe that made the first collection such a success and which is so core to our work together.
Bespoke & Personalisation
All Tusting bags are hand-crafted in our Lavendon workshop which gives us great flexibility and we can make your bag even more special by personalising it. When you choose personal initials for The Sail, we’ll pop small initials in gold foil on the inside, above the zip pocket, as in this photo. If you prefer another method, we may be able to assist – please just get in touch to discuss.
So whether it is embossed initials, a personalised message inside the bag, or even a special colour combination that would make your bag even more unique, don’t hesitate to contact us.