Friday, November 25, 2016

WINTER

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I holed up in this secluded cabin for two days earlier this week. It was the perfect bit of calm after a month of taking zero days off and before another month of zero days off. I love what I do, but jeeze the months leading up to Christmas are just so so busy. A good book (The Nightingale - have you read it?! I can't put it down), a nice bottle of wine, and long mornings in bed were just what I needed to power back up and get ready for the holiday madness that is now upon us. 

Speaking of holiday - the 2016 Black Friday totes sold out in 2.5 hours! I think that may be a new record. Thank you so much! 

Right now I'm offering free shipping on all orders over $125 and stay tuned for lots of other fun sales over the next few days and weeks. I feel so so so thankful to have all of you out there as customers, followers, friends and family. Hope you had the best Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2016 $50 TOTE BAG

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Hard to believe it's already the holidays! But that means our annual $50 Black Friday tote bag sale is only a few days away and here's the design I made for this year. Doing my best to put as much peace and kindness out there into the world, and since making bags is what I do it seemed appropriate to put that message on our 2016 tote. Hope you love it!

The bags will be available starting at 7am EST on Friday morning on our website. Like always, we only make a limited quantity of them, so act quick! They normally sell out in a few hours. 

I'll be running a few other sales over the weekend as well, so make sure to sign up for our mailing list to get all the details! 

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

NAVY BLUE



Happy to welcome a new color to the ESCAPE Bag family - hi navy blue! 

Also happy to constantly be collaborating with such inspiring people, always keeping me on my toes. Many thanks to Dana for the photos and Dayna for modeling. 



Wednesday, July 6, 2016



 Hard to believe it's already been 1.5 years since we released the Forestbound ESCAPE Canvas Utility Bag. Time flies! This bag has become our best seller and there are many of them out in the world being used and loved by our customers. I thought it might be nice to revisit the origins of the ESCAPE Bag and tell a bit more of its story .. 


I found the vintage canvas bag that inspired our ESCAPE Bag many years ago at my favorite Massachusetts flea market. When I'm scouring the aisles at flea markets, my eye immediately goes to old canvas. Sometimes this leads to digging through piles of junk to uncover something dingy that I take one look at and throw back immediately into the pile, but other times I uncover gold. I saw the corner of an old white canvas bag poking out from under a stack of fabric. When I tugged on the corner of the bag to get a better look, my heart dropped and it was love at first sight. This old, worn in canvas bag was perfect in itself, but the fact that it had 'escape' written across the front made it even better. 

I brought the bag home with me and cleaned it up with my other vintage canvas finds from the day - a good soak in the tub with Oxyclean, scrubbin' out the leftover dirt, and then hang on my clothesline to dry - and once it was dry I put it on the shelf in our living room next to a few of my other favorite old canvas tool bags. I get attached to old canvas bags and sometimes like to just admire them instead of use them every day. 

Over the next few years everyone who came over to my house commented on how great the canvas bag with 'escape' on the front was. I posted a photo on Instagram way early on (when I definitely overused filters and saturation) and people loved it there too. So then I thought, huh maybe I should make a version of this bag so people other than me can enjoy it. 

I sat with that idea for a few more years and during this time did hours of researching to try and find the origin of the vintage bag and maybe even hunt down a few more of them. With no tags anywhere on the bag to use as a reference point, I ended up coming up short. Finally in the fall of 2014 I reached out to a designer who I really admired, Mason McFee, to see if he would help me come up with the perfect font to use for my interpretation of the vintage canvas bag.

Over a number of weeks Mason and I went through a handful of revisions before he finally perfected the ESCAPE that we have now. Mason worked with letters that he found in old newspapers and tweaked them just right so that it felt like the perfect fit and feel for the bag that I wanted to create.

So there you have it! A long, rambling story about how the current ESCAPE Bag came to be. All of the bags I've created over the years with Forestbound have played a tribute to history and honored forgotten materials of the past. I like to think of our ESCAPE Bag as honoring the vintage one made decades ago and giving it a new life.  



Monday, June 13, 2016

COMING SOON ..


I couldn't help myself! New England bag coming to the Forestbound online shop oh so soon .. 

Also, hi! Hope all of you who still read this blog are well. Hoping to start updating this thing more and more. So hope you'll continue to follow along!

Saturday, November 28, 2015



Take it Easy this holiday season with our new special collection of bags and utility pouches. 

Running a small business during this time of year can be really, really overwhelming and exhausting. We love making bags for you all! But in between all the sewing we're trying our best to take it easy and make sure we get in quality time with our friends and family. 

So we thought maybe we'd take that sentiment and put it on some simple, no frills bags to share with all of you. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ESCAPE Bag by Forestbound

Love this photo of our ESCAPE Bag that Dana shot for Gus & Ruby's holiday photoshoot. If you're in New England and want to purchase our bags in person make sure to swing through Portsmouth and stop at Gus & Ruby!

But if you're not here in New England, we'll ship the above bag to you for a flat $5.00 starting now and going through December. For all our West Coast pals - that saves you almost $10.00! 

Thanks for reading our blog! And make sure you stay tuned for lots more good stuff coming this holiday season - remember our $50 tote bags? Well, they're coming back this year ...