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completely redesigned 100% VEGAN
A4 Shoulderbag

A4 SHOULDERBAG

INCLUDES FREE STANDARD DELIVERY!

Plus ifit is already sewn & posted sameday

OVERVIEW & DIMENSIONS

This is the go-to shoulder bag for streamlined, no-fuss everyday use.

The convenient open document pocket on the front is perfect for magazines, iPads or whatever else you'd like easy access too (though still secure due to it's depth).

It has been designed to snuggly fit a 13" laptop, papers or a couple of bottles of wine (I don't recommend carrying wine and laptops together unless you've a waterproof case ...).

USE
streamlined shoulderbag
SIZE
32cm x 35cm x 7cm
WEIGHT
750 - 800 grams
POCKETS
2 x external / 3 x internal
DEVICES
13" Macbook Pro
FABRIC DETAILS
FEATURES

A4 SHOULDERBAG v2.0 • A COMPLETE REDESIGN

Along with the recent redesign I've also substantially updated the A4 Shoulderbag. 

Compared to the other styles this bag is a little simpler (and hence lighter) as the open document pocket on the front meant also adding one to the back didn't make sense.  

This also meant the A4 Shoulderbag doesn't have the concealed Myki/card pocket.

If you'd like these extra features along with a zipper pocket on the front and pouch pocket on the back (plus the ability to wear as a backpack) the new A4 matttPACK is the same dimensions.

I've also included these features in the A4 Shoulderbag

💡 Enamel metal pin logo 

💡 Concealed pocket in base 

💡 Redesigned internal pockets

💡 Cord zipper pulls

NEW • ENAMEL PIN LOGO

Control the visibility of branding

As part of this redesign I have also updated my logo which is now a nonagon (nine is my favourite number) with a single m.

As this is an enamel pin/badge the logo can be placed wherever you'd like on the bag (or even removed altogether if preferred).

LOST & FOUND (& ARCHIVE)

Make it easy for people to be kind

Each and every product now has a subtle handprinted lining inside the internal pockets (so not visible unless you open the pocket).

This gives details of where the A4 Shoulderbag was made (so great when giving to friends and family overseas) and details about the Lifetime+ Guarantee.

It also has a handwritten Serial Number which links to the new online archive.

By entering the details you can view photos of it being made, how long it's been in use and even calculates the cost per day (which gets lower the longer it is used).

But perhaps most importantly this also makes it possible to have your product returned should anyone ever find it!

NEW • DUAL MAIN ZIPPER

Open your bag without looking

All bags now have a dual YKK #8 main zipper with paracord zipper pulls, allowing the bag to be closed to either side (or middle) and locked when travelling.

Larger zipper pulls also allow the bag to be readily opened and closed if wearing gloves and/or by those with limited dexterity.

NEW • SECRET MYKI/CARD POCKETS

Commute easier when your hands are full

By refining the external pocket I've been able to add two hidden (yet accessible) card holders at the top edge.

While these were designed to hold a MYKI (or similar) travel card (so you can simply tap on with it in the pocket) they are also an excellent place for backup cards or cash (especially when travelling).

 

NEW • REINFORCED BOTTOM EDGE

Makes your bag more durable & waterproof

First developed for the A4 Shoulderbag the reinforced edging for the printed fabric panel is now used on every bag.

This deeper base minimises wear on both the edge and corners while also improving waterproofness if placed on the ground.

As this is the most common area needing patching and repair in my older bags this update will greatly improve the longevity of your bag.

NEW • CONCEALED POCKET IN BASE

Always have your shopping bags and umbrella

My very favourite new feature is the sneaky zipper pocket in the base.

I designed this pocket to be expandable and fit items like umbrellas and reusable shopping bags (which also act as padding to protect your iPad or laptop in the main compartment).

If used to store a wet umbrella the lining is waterproof so the rest of the bag will stay dry.

It has an inverted double zipper and internal webbing loops to attach a waist strap for bike riding to either corner of the bag.

LIFETIME+ GUARANTEE

I'm very proud of the quality of the bags I create so now offer the Lifetime+ Guarantee on both new and existing products.

Rather than just covering loose stitching and/or manufacturing faults this new guarantee now also covers upcycling your bag into a new product/s when it does eventually wear out!

This is only possible because I use the best materials to originally make my bags and while I've also designed them to be readily repaired (such as zippers and printed fabric) at a certain point often a bag is no longer serviceable.

At this point rather than consigning a bag to landfill (or the back of a cupboard) I now encourage the materials in the bag that are still useful to be reworked (or upcycled) into a new product/s such as a pouch or smaller bag.

Along with greatly increasing the useful lifespan of the materials used it also allows the emotional connection with the original bag to be retained, for example if it was a birthday gift or if originally purchased for a particularly memorable trip. 

If you've an existing bag you no longer use please get in touch and we can discuss what might be possible :)


 

MAKE2MEND

While I've always been more than happy to repair and renovate my bags I've recently put extra effort into refining the design and way I sew them to make this as easy as possible; I call this the MAKE2MEND ETHOS

For example I only use standard YKK zippers in my bags so they can be readily repaired or replaced if needed, either by myself or pretty much any competent sewer.

I'll be posting more about this on the blog soon ....

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DELIVERY

MADE-TO-ORDER BAGS

Most bags are made-to-order so need to be sewn before being delivered.

STANDARD POST is FREE and generally takes about ten days to be sewn and ready to deliver or collect.

Selecting EXPRESS POST ensures your bag arrives as quickly as it can (I will also do my best to expedite sewing your bag).

If you need your bag to arrive by a particular date just let me know and we can work out the best way to make this happen!


ALREADY SEWN BAGS

A small number of bags are marked as ALREADY SEWN and will be posted the sameday (if a weekday) so usually arrive within a day or two.

SUSTAINABILITY

Orders are delivered in a locally made recycled cardboard box, with recycled tissue paper and paper packing tape.

This is the best balance I've found between protecting your bag and reducing impact on the environment.

The only plastic used is the Express Post tape from Australia Post (though looking for alternatives).

PRICING TRANSPARENCY

Durability, sustainability, ethics and supporting other local businesses are all very much part of the way I choose to run my business.

This certainly isn't the cheapest way to make a bag, though doing things the right way does mean you'll have a bag that you'll love for many years to come.

Below you'll see the cost of every element that directly contributes to making my bags, hopefully by being completely transparent and sharing this information we can as a society start having a conversation about the true cost of the objects we create and use.

This is the first version of this, so happy to hear any suggestions and/or answer any questions you might have; thanks for your interest!