Andrea Melendez - Andrea Melendez

Finalist of the The Brother Best Handmade Handbag

Puerto Rico

2019 Finalist Andrea Melendez Andrea Melendez


How are your bags made?
This is an all around gusset bag that was made using veg-tan. All the stitching was done by hand as well as all the details in it which were hand painted with leather paint.

What is the primary material used?

Do you make all of your own bags? If not, please explain who helps you make your bags.
I make all of my bags.

What is your design inspiration? Are there Instagram accounts that you follow for inspiration?
For this bag, I wanted to focus on novelty items and what better than a pizza so this became my main inspiration. I also researched various illustrators (Holly Deimbacher) and tried to incorporate their style into the painting of the bag.

What sewing machine do you use to make your bags? How long have you had it?
Mostly use Mauser machines and now Adlers.

Have you ever sewn with or used an industrial sewing machine? If not, how do you sew with leather?
Yes, I have worked with industrial sewing machines like Mauser, Yuki, Sew Pro and also sewn by hand with leather.

Bag Description
Andreas Bag, Pizza Style, Cross Body, Painted Veg-Tan Leather, $300

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