The Rebanks Shepherd’s Bag.
Our friend James Rebanks farms in the North of Cumbria as well as writes bestselling books. The Rebanks tweed is made from his Herdwick and Swaledale wool spun together. A small portion is dyed a dark red (the colour used by farmers on the backs of Herwicks in the show ring) and hand woven by Sam Goates from Woven in the Bone.
These are beautiful, practical bags, inspired by the traditional shepherd’s bag, and this contemporary version is designed for comfort, practicality and simple elegance. The smart but understated design works equally well as an everyday bag or for smarter occasions. The bags are sewn locally by the excellent seamstress, Sally Cowell. They are lightweight but extremely sturdy and the flat, wide strap is very comfortable to wear across the body, leaving both hands free. There are no buckles, zips or tassels to distract from the simplicity of the design; there is just a small pocket inside for your keys, phone or other small items.
These are Forever Bags. We wanted to make a simple, tote-like bag that unlike most flimsy cotton totes and ‘bags for life’, is actually is a bag that you love and look after.
The tweed has been made and the bags are currently being sewn. They are all on back-order and some have sold out. Pre-order yours now as these are a limited edition. More tweed will be woven soon so if you miss out on the first batch, you will be in line for the next production round.
Currently being made from the first batch of woven cloth is the simple grey dashes through the cloth. The red bags have sold out completely. The grey bags will be ready in the last week of November so if you want to pre-order one for Christmas, it should arrive in time. There’s a limited number however so priority will be given to first in line.
The classic herringbone and plain grey has been woven and will be ready for delivery by mid to late February. If you would like to pre-order a herringbone or plain grey bag, please let me know your choice in the comments box.
Outer dimensions of the regular size bags are 40 x 40cm and the strap is approx. 107cm long. Some petite bags will be available too. These are 32cm x 32cm and the strap is approx. 100cm long. If you’re around 5″4 or under, then the petite size bag will fit more in proportion to your body.
We have a few toddler Shepherd’s bags. The outer dimensions of these are 21 x 20 with an 83cm strap. For 2-3 year old mini-farmer!