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What materials did you use? I wanted to change some details, such as the type of closure (a different way of the zipper construction), different handles (I wanted to use buckles instead) ansomedifferent reinforcemente at the base ananreinforcemente ate the

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Is this real leather? Where did you purchase your leather and hardware? I love your bag, you have a real knack for bag making.

05/02/2014 Flag

Thanks! I usually buy leather from a shop here in mantova, Italy. I haven't bought leather online, yet, because in some way I feel afraid to make mistakes or buy high prices.... Instead I bought online metal fittings or www.

06/22/2014 Flag

Interior is fabulous. Every project you do opens my mind to ideas. Particularly like the cell phone permanent attachment in interior. Belt keepers, feet, gusseted inside pocket and tassel, also marvelous. Is that pigskin for your interior. I bought some to use for my first project interior.

05/19/2014 Flag

oops, I bet that is for your glasses, not cell phone ;)

05/19/2014 Flag

Yes, that's a pocket for glasses, I just had this idea because when you open a big bag you never find little things, isn't it? But the inside is made out of matching color fabric. Thanks a lot for your comments!

06/22/2014 Flag

Simona, you have a genuine designers heart! Yes, it's the little things you have to search for in the bottom of your bag. Thank you for sharing your images and designs.

07/08/2014 Flag

I love the way you have inserted the zip can you tell us just how you did that?

12/03/2014 Flag

Well it is not that difficult. You must cut a piece of zipper tape, it must be a bit longer than the opening of the bag, close it at the end with a sort of leather "tail", then cut out four leather swipes of leather (1 or 2 cm wide) . The zipper tape must be sewn between the swipes each side. The zipper must be sandwiched between the facing and the lining. It's the falling lining technique. Probably it would be a bit easier to understand if you could see the procedure. I don't know if I was clear enough.... Be patient!

12/05/2014 Flag