The Soleil has a full leather base which is reinforced by a lightweight board made from recycled leather to give the bag stand and shape. The full leather handles are softly rolled and padded for ultimate comfort in the hand. Inside, there is a generous zipped security pocket and two slip pockets to take care of phone, pens and other fast-access bits and bobs as well as a handy leather lanyard with a clip to secure your keys, pouch or anything else you fancy. Soleil carries its little red, stitched cross low on one leather end band and its individual numeral in the interior logo patch.
W x H x D: 36 x 29 x 16cm (14” x 11” x 6”)
Handle drop: 13 cm (5″)
Approx weight: 0.7kg
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 always 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 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 Soleil, we’ll pop small initials in gold foil on the inside, just 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.