Amongst all this cold bitter weather its hard to imagine summer will ever turn up. So as we curl up by the fire, in March, we welcome anything which reminds us of the Great British Summer. So we introduce Esther Porter Bags and the TENT SS13 Collection. All the bags in the SS13 collection are made from a combination of tent fabric , reclaimed from summer music festivals, British rubber-bonded cotton canvas for increased water resistance and durability, equestrian-grade cotton webbing in the straps for comfort, and nickel hardware for strength. Sounds pretty good. We had a chat with Esther to find out more…
Where did the idea for TENT come from?
I was at a festival one summer and was one of the last to leave, and was struck by how many tents were left. I thought they were good, strong colours and that the fabric was really good quality nylon. I made a few prototypes and liked the result.
Why bags? Where did the interest come from?
I did a bag design and pattern making course and then spent time at a specialist leather bag sampling workshop and enjoyed it so much I decided to start designing and making bags
What are the influences in the design?
I like simplicity in design and like to concentrate the design on focussing on the quality and mixture of materials. I mix nylon tent fabric with traditionally milled waxed cotton, vegetable tanned leather, solid brass hardware and cotton webbing.
What is your creative process like?
I‘m always checking out other people’s bags and jackets – I like a lot of mens outerwear and try and incorporate aspects from jackets, parkas and bomber jackets into the bags – like pockets, the colour of a zip contrasting with the other colours on the bag, the lightweight quality and substance of nylon on a parka.
What is it like seeing the finished product out there?
Really gratifying, and the cliche about all your hard work paying off is so true!!
How do you ensure a good quality finish?
I get the bags made by Chapman Bags which is a really well respected bag factory in Cumbria
What one piece has been your personal favourite?
The navy backpack which is new for SS13 – I use it all the time!
What does the future hold for TENT?
More styles are coming for AW13 – laptop and ipad cases – and I’d like to experiment with a wider mix of fabrics – I have a quilted Barbour jacket inspired bag which would mix quilted khaki tent fabric with brown corduroy accents…
And here are some of Esther’s wonderful SS13 collection: