A while back, I visited Shaun Garcia at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He's a Chef de Cuisine by day, master sewer by night, which is just one of the many reasons to love him. His expertly handcrafted mailbags are to be admired. I was reminded of this when he brought a few new bags to sell at our recent Sweet Peach Revival.
These stylish satchels are unique as they are 100% handcrafted by Shaun in his home. For each bag, he utilizes the highest quality Horween leather and materials. As a renowned chef, Shaun shared his take on it- "As a chef, I've decided to use the best ingredients to cook with, so I also use the best ingredients to craft with."
There are approximately 23 copper rivets added to each mailbag. All are hand set, hand cut and pounded down by Shaun himself, using an old railroad tie as an anvil. This is how the original USPS mailbags were made, which inspired the entire look of his bags. Shaun, "If you want to make the bag last, you use these rivets."
It's quickly evident by look and feel that these bags are built to last. In fact, each and every one has a lifetime guarantee. Shaun, "These bags are made to be passed down, generation to generation. It's like a black leather jacket, they're timeless in style."
Each bag can be custom made, catering to your needs. Sometimes Shaun adds an interior back pocket, a front pocket or a full interior divider. Whatever you desire, he's happy to oblige...
In early fall, Shaun is planning to handcraft 26 new bags, so they will be available for next day shipping via his Etsy shop. A few mailbags in his next run will feature Horween Derby leather, which is undyed and guaranteed to develop an individualized, natural patina with time. Learn more about Shaun's mailbags at his Etsy shop, or if you're in Atlanta, stop by Belly General Store to see a few of Shaun's beautifully made bags in person. Trust me when I say, you won't be disasppointed.
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