It is no secret that the Knitty staff are big fans of  Offhand Designs Bags. The vintage feel, the select and limited edition fabrics and the quality workmanship of a handmade bag all speak to the bag collector and maker in all of us.

Beautiful Offhand Designs bags

Beautiful Offhand Designs bags

Because I’m curious (nosy) I ask owner Larisa Flint Snydal a few questions about Offhand Designs. She happily answered my questions and even sent over a couple of pictures of herself working on bags.

Larisa installing a turn lock

Larisa installing a turn lock

Why and how did you get started? I worked for 10 years reviewing internationally funded projects in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, but all the while was making extravagant gowns and bags and learning everything I could about textiles and design. My boyfriend, now husband, was in a popular funk band and I had every type of occasion to doll myself up in those days. Starting my own business came a few years later, but didn’t surprise anyone in my family. Extravagant but functional design was my destiny!

Larisa making leather handles

Can you describe the process – from design to fabric to finished bag ? I am inspired by literally everything and everyone but take my time to let new ideas simmer because they always become richer with time. Functionality is a key component and one of the design process steps that I absolutely love. My sense of style is a little timeless and a little whimsical or ‘offhand’. I do not roll out tons of new styles but keep the line exciting by having so many new gorgeous and eclectic textiles every few months. We are indeed limited editions. These days, we never make more than 20 of any given style and color and usually it is more like 12 or 15! That is not even enough for 1 in every State or Province. From sketches to prototypes to final prototypes which are carried and tested to make sure all of the details I want are there. As I said in my original business plan and repeat it every day: would I die to own this? If yes, then move forward with it. If not so much… what needs to change before it is?

Arya Bag

Arya Bag

What is your favorite bag right now? The new Arya bag was in the works for more than 18 months and at least 5 versions before I landed on my feet with the current, amazing design. I carried this bag to the trade shows this year, packed with my laptop and every last other thing and I was so proud of how painless it was to carry all of that weight and how nicely the bag held its pretty silhouette. It was (almost) embarrassing how many complete strangers stopped me in the airport and on the street to compliment my bag and ask about it!
What new bags do you have coming up? I am working on three new things: leather, Sage Luxury bags and Flint Snydal bags.

Larisa_SewingCanvasPrototype

Larisa sewing a canvas prototype

Leather bags: Dreaming big is something I have been known for my whole life and now we are hard at work setting up in studio production of some of the most luxe bags I have EVER seen in my life. Premium, eco-friendly and extremely small edition leather products which really do send shivers down my spine and astonish me. I wake up in the middle of the night and say, ‘wait, I didn’t actually make that bag, did I?’ Leather is an inspiring material and my current design work feels so full of potential it could not be more exciting.
We started leather a few years ago but found it impossible to keep up with demand and just as hard to find experienced help. My staff and I all agreed that the intense period of 3 months during which we only worked on leather bags was the best of Offhand Designs history by far. Our current goal is to make and sell these leather creations on SageLuxury.com.

Sage Luxury bags: We are also about to launch a very different looking, but every bit as functional, bag line under the Sage Luxury label. All of the bags will feature leather handles and trims. Please look for these to launch in the next month to be ready for the holiday season.

Flint Snydal bags: I also have 2 styles for men which have been way too long in the making, but SO fun. A doctor bag in two sizes (considering Samson & Goliath as names for these) and a messenger bag with a closeable pocket for knitting. The esthetic is high quality urban cowboy, featuring rich hides with high quality hardware.  If I am lucky, this bag line will show its face to the public for the holidays via SageLuxury.com as well.

 

My dear knitting friends and bag lovers, are you sitting down? Larisa has given us an Offhand Design bag to giveaway!

Regina offhand designs prize

Marcella in Regina print fabric. Squee!

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Monday,  September 30th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the signed book. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.
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577 Responses to Offhand Designs Bag Giveaway!

  1. Eileen says:

    In love with these bags! here’s to good luck!

  2. sara says:

    OOOH ME PLEASE.

  3. Mimi says:

    I’d love to win!

  4. Cynthia says:

    Gorgeous bags on that site.

  5. Kelly says:

    What stunning bags and beautifully made, who wouldn’t want to win this?!

  6. Lina says:

    I love the Arya bag, someday I will get me one.

  7. Donna says:

    would love to win – beautiful bags

  8. tiffanie says:

    That floral print reminds me of the little suitcase I had as a child. Super article, super bags!

  9. Holly says:

    Ooo. I’d carry it everywhere! So pretty!

  10. tayloe says:

    Would love that bag!

  11. Kim says:

    Love it!!! So hoping to win.

  12. Emmie says:

    Such beautiful bags!

  13. Tami says:

    oh my — what gorgeous bags! Thank you for the wonderful interview and giveaway!

  14. Heidi says:

    Amazing to learn how much work goes into the design process.

  15. Lynn says:

    Fingers crossed! Would truly enjoy this as a knitting bag!
    Lynn

  16. Lisa Nycz says:

    Love, love, love these bags!

  17. Doris says:

    Oh, how I would LOVE to own one of these bags.

  18. Rosie says:

    Beautiful prints :-)

  19. Julia F says:

    I am on a search for a new bag, and would love one of these. Thanks for the contest!

  20. Nuna says:

    Oooooh! So very pretty! And what knitter has enough bags? Not this one. Hoping the random number generator smiles on me this time around. Thanks once again for being so generous. :-)

  21. miakks says:

    These bags are gorgeous – I’d be thrilled to carry my WIPs around in a bag this stunning.

  22. margaret law says:

    love their bags. ❤️ Margaret.

  23. Cathy Selmi says:

    Stunning bags! Thank you for introducing me to Offhand Design Bags … I think!

  24. Barbara Joy says:

    Hmmm. I don’t NEED another bag, but I want want want one.

  25. Roxy64 on Ravelry says:

    Beautiful bags!

  26. Rose Kelly says:

    Gorgeous bags! Thanks for the chance……

  27. Susann says:

    Beautiful bags! I would love to have one.

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