Bags! Bags! Bags! And more! We know how women love their custom hand stitched handbags and accessories. Be sure to stop by and visit Kristy Bag by CG while shopping at this year’s Holiday Market! And we can’t forget about our men. Read their inspiring story about offering everything from small keychains, to lightweight leather jewelry, to men’s items such as knife sheaths and cardholders and our unisex valet trays!
Where are you based?
The Kristy Bag by CG is based out of Drums, PA and owned by Kristy Lash and Dave Crabtree. We hand cut our own patterns out of leather, then hand punch and hand stitch them. You don’t see this technique often anymore!
When did you first start creating your own bags?
We started this business in the summer of 2014. It was a serendipitous meeting between a former leather craftsman and a fine artist/handbag lover. We have only been doing this for a short time, but we have built a great customer base offering fine locally sourced leather, unique designs and custom work.
When did you decide to create your own company?
Together we designed Kristy’s ultimate handbag and had such a great response to it that we created our own business. Kristy then sketched five designs and put a call out to handbag lovers. Whomever bought a certain design had it named after them. Dave even tooled their signature into each bag. That created our signature line. We have the “Kristy” Tote, “Ivanna” Wristlet, “Sue” Clutch, “Angela” Satchel, and “Cheri” Crossbody. Now many of bags are named after the customer who created it. We welcome custom designs and are happy to meet with a client and help them design their great idea.
Do you sell more than bags? If so, tell us about the other items you offer.
So much more! Handbags are our specialty, but we do many more leather items. You’ll see everything from small keychains, to lightweight leather jewelry, to men’s items such as knife sheaths and cardholders and our unisex valet trays. Our yoga mat straps have been popular as well as our wall pockets to decorate your home. Many of our items have Kristy’s hand drawn designs on the leather and we also have monogramming available.
What is your favorite bag?
That’s a tough question, each new bag we do becomes our favorite. We put our heart into each bag we create and love each one for it’s different qualities. Some are easier to create than others, but in the end, it’s wonderful seeing someone enjoy a bag that we worked for hours on. It’s really a labor of love. If we have to pick a favorite, it would be our “Angela” Satchel. This is one of our earlier bags and one we have become known for. This one bag encompasses all of our unique design traits such as the “north-south” double handle placement, which means that the handles are attached perpendicular to the opening of the bag, not parallel to the zipper as most are. This unique detail makes the bag rest comfortably on the arm without any twist. This satchel also has our eyeglass sling on the outside to easily hold reading glasses or sunglasses.
Do you have an absolute favorite product (or best seller)?
Our bestseller is our Raw Tote. It was a new design idea for us to showcase our tumbled leather. You see the raw edges and we leave it unlined to highlight the soft underside of the hide. The bag is soft, roomy, and great for travel since it easily rolls up. We have it available in a few color combinations and we come out with limited edition colors every year as well.
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