Bridging the gap between high end and hand made, Natalie Crittenden produces high quality, functional leather goods through her brand Haversack Leather. Focusing on small productions, and custom orders, most bags are designed using skins and findings of limited quantities to be sure each piece is unique. Items are never mass produced, and often less than a dozen of each design can be made.
With seven years of theatre costume production experience, Natalie is a confident pattern maker and stitcher, willing to work from sketches to produce custom garments and costumes.
Here are Natalie’s three Toronto designers who inspire her!
I really respect that Philip is bringing classic tailoring to a younger crowd. It’s really easy to get caught up with trends and disposable fashion, but I really believe that well tailored clothes can be timeless. His clothes have a vintage feel, with a more modern and flattering cut. Investing in a garment that was made to your measurements is the most stylish choice you can make.
I think Vivienne Westwood said it best, “Buy less, choose well.”
I first discovered Hoi bo at the One-of-A-Kind Show in Toronto. I love the clean lines, and sturdy details of these bags that are hand made in Toronto. The waxed cotton will soften and take on character, while the leather gains a beautiful patina with age. This is the kind of bag you own for life. In recent years I’ve noticed waxed canvas has become very popular, but I don’t think anyone else is doing it this well.
Sarah is a brilliant jeweller and metalsmith. While being the owner of The Devil’s Workshop, she creates her own line of jewellery and fills custom orders. You can take her your heirloom jewellery and she will turn it into something wearable and sentimental.
I love that Sarah also runs courses for people who are interested in making their own jewellery. She gives people the opportunity to learn, experiment and create from their own vision.
She will also be at the March 22nd Leslieville Flea.