Soleil (The Original)
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. Soleil carries its little red, stitched cross low on one leather end band and its individual numeral in the interior logo patch.
L x H x D: 17 ½” x 11” x 6 ¼”
Handle drop: 12 cm
Approx weight: 0.640kg
The Detailed Detail…
The beautiful “Irish Mist” stone-coloured cotton drill for the bags is double-layered and self-bonded for stand and strength. Expertly made in Northern Ireland, this fabric is protected with a dirt- and water-repellant coating – it brushes clean well and is fully wipeable (can be spot-cleaned). The Flame-Red lining fabric is made in Scotland by one of our favourite fabric suppliers. It carries a dry-waxed and air-tumbled finish for a water-repellent, absolutely un-waxy, soft-touch feel. As such, it too copes well with being wiped clean.
The leather is created in a German tannery which has received the highest (gold) rating from the Leather Working Group which sets stringent guidelines for environmentally safe leather production. Strong, soft and extremely durable, Montanasoft provides the perfect partner to these outstanding fabrics.
Each bag carries the special combined interior logo for the collaboration and a tiny red, stitched cross denoting the handcrafted nature of the bags. Each is then individually numbered in numerals created from India’s own handwriting, so that every piece is unique.
The Story of the Collaboration
The story began pre-pandemic when India approached us to recreate her then-fiancé David’s much-treasured but tired old Tusting bag as a wedding present for him. The pandemic delayed their wedding a little, but the bag went on to inspired India’s designs for the first collaborative collection.
India’s creative input has focussed on designs that play to our strengths as makers, and materials that are not only of the very highest quality, but also connected to her own spirit and aesthetic. The cotton drill is from Ireland, where India used to revel in long summer holidays with her grandfather. The happiness-inducing orangey-red lining is chosen not only for its perfect rendition of a flame tree in full bloom (a favourite in India’s Bahamian garden) but also for its dry-wax coating, a must since India is known to tote about bunches of flowers, wet bathing suits and the occasional puppy.
Bespoke & Personalisation
All Tusting bags are hand-crafted in our Lavendon workshop which gives us great flexibility. We can make your bag even more special by personalising it or create a bespoke colourway from our set of leathers. So whether it is a personalised message inside the bag, embossed initials or a special colour combination, don’t hesitate to contact us.