30 May '18, 7pm

Meet Opelle, The ‘Bag Rebels’ Revolutionizing the Toronto Handbag Industry https://t.co/id7aOGIdhZ

Meet Opelle, The ‘Bag Rebels’ Revolutionizing the Toronto Handbag Industry https://t.co/id7aOGIdhZ

I’m visiting Opelle’s studios with the goal of learning how to make my own version of the brand’s Meena column bag. Prior to my arrival, I had assumed I would fumble through with the sewing machine under Malcolm’s direction and arrive at the other end with a wonkily-sewn bag – a Franken-Opelle – which turns out to be only semi-possible. As it turns out, leatherwork is a highly skilled task in which I’d vastly overestimated my ability to perform. Luckily for me, Malcolm and Nicholson Crago are three steps ahead and have prepared a version of the bag at each step in order to walk me through the process, like the fashion equivalent of a cooking show. I feel like a big idiot for assuming I’d be able to tackle such specialized work over the course of a couple hours, but Malcolm assures me this setup works for them – all of the partially-cobbled together handbag pieces will even...

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