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Got It Made

Sara Gates Makes Us a Totes Amazing Tote

Got It Made BY erica 08/24/2011

Sara Gates makes the sort of bags you’ll use until they start coming apart at the seams. Thankfully, her handcrafted Cook & Gates creations are damn sturdy, and each piece is unique: She dyes and bleaches the canvas with her very own hands. Here, she shares how her Of a Kind edition came together.


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"Its such a beatiful and calming haven and I am addicted to their waterlemon juice at breakfast. They also have Marmite, which I have a weakness for."
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“The whole pieces of canvas are so amazing! If I could sell giant pieces of fabric, I would.”



“I have an amazing seamstress. She sews the bags and sews the handle on. I couldn’t get away from the screen-printing—I had to bring that in—so we do our screen-printed pocket in all of our bags.”



“This bag has leather handles—I’ve only started working with leather recently. This is a half hide. I get the leather from a place in Manhattan called Global Leathers. They have such amazing stuff. Leather stores are just crazy places.”

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