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SUM 2015

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28 Western & English Today SUMMER 2015 Arloom owners Alex and Robin Hewes bring drama and international f air to the basic carry-all. T eir superbly designed bags and totes integrate unique and intricate, vi- brantly colorful weavings made by indigenous people, all styles framed with handsome leather trim in cognac or chocolate brown. Before its application onto a unique Arloom handbag, each colorful tex- tile panel is f rst handwoven on a backstrap loom; an ancient and labor intensive process that can take up to two months. T ree styles tempt the traveler: the Marcella Weekender (18" x 24" x 8," MSRP $325), the Sophia mini-weekender (14" x 21" x 7.5," MSRP $275), and the all-around, user-friendly Francesca Tote (5" x 12" x 7," MSRP $230), suitable for everyday use. All three have lined interiors, a zipper pocket on the interior and a zip-top closure. Additionally, both the Mar- cella Weekender and the Sophia Mini-Weekender have an exterior zipper pocket, which is perfect to keep maps, sun- glasses, cellphones and other essentials at your f ngertips. Extra-long straps slip eas- ily over a shoulder; reinforced corners protect for long wear. One-of-a-kind and made by hand, two selling points to help you make the sale. Count on Double J Saddlery of Yoakum, Texas, for outstand- ing creativity in leather. Its new Elongated Diamond Aztec Luggage Tote is no exception; the perfect size for almost any excursion. A generous 25" x 19" x 9," with a handsome exteri- or that looks like woven cloth but is actually durable printed leather. T e interior is lined with pigskin — a Double J hall- mark — and provides for easy cleaning and care. Made with brown bomber leather for the trim, back, bottom and saddle strings, and accented with tarnish-free silver-tone hardware, hammered conchos and that classy Double J logo fob—this stunning bag def nes the user as a true sophisticate. MSRP $1,000; matching makeup bag, MSRP $50. Leaders in Leather continues to deliver fanciful, clas- sic cut-out and hand-tooled carry-alls by master leather designer Ricardo Zuniga. Exciting colors as well as new surface engraving on the leather def ne a rich col- lection with beauty and functionality. T is top- of-the line manufacturer, established in Austin in 1993, hasn't forgotten about the discerning travel customer, of- fering an array of roomy styles and sizes full of useful options, and so comfortable to carry. Consider a classic vintage leather model, beautifully dis- tressed, with that well-traveled look. We suggest the large slouch bag (Model 3833-352) with an undivided open inte- rior and black cutout leather overlay exterior corners, plus two ver- tical zipper pockets in the front for easy access to keys and cellphone. Ladies will adore the handsome horn button toggle clo- sure, brass handle rings and braided leather zipper pulls. 17" x 4.5" x 16.5," MSRP $285. Another favor- ite, an overnight bag (Model L2466) measuring 17.5" x 8" x 13.5" in luscious brick red and rich tan leather, bears the Mo- roccan-inspired, curvy signature motif that personif es a Leaders in Leather bag. T is beautiful selection has handles and an adjustable cross body strap, plus feet at the bottom and a zippered top. Talk about making an elegant departure or arrival! MSRP $350. Whether your customer is headed for Yellowstone, Yo- semite, Alaska or the Rockies, she will want to be carrying Pendleton Woolen Mills' new commemorative National Park Service line of carry-alls and weekenders. Pendleton and our national parks share a long joint history: In 1916, the year the National Park Service was founded, Pendleton created its f rst National Park blanket for the Glacier Lodge. Honoring their mutual anniversaries, Pendleton re- leased its exclusive National Park product line this past sea- son titled American Treasures, featuring select bags made of vintage patterned blanket fabric, as well as other styles in canvas or leather. T e blanket fabric bags have a liner for stability and shape. T eir built-in durability is a given; wool has high tensile strength and is stain and fade resistant. T e iconic Chief Joseph pattern — still very much in vogue today — is one of the earliest blanket designs in Pendleton's history. Every model in the entire Pendleton collection and in American Treasures, be it a getaway bag, backpack, mes- senger bag, daypack or duf el, carries an air of nostalgia and American tradition. T eir charm lies in their old-school construction and timeless designs, sporty buckles, cinch tops and hearty details. A good example is the Park Ruck- sack, constructed on a rugged cotton canvas body with genuine leather trim and a charming collection of historic National Park patches. T e rucksack sports a draw-cord opening, adjustable padded straps and breathable mesh back. MSRP $269. In addition to the American Treasures collection, Pend- leton of ers Jacquard Weekender satchel-style bags with de- tachable shoulder straps in either Diamond River sage or black. MSRP $269 for the 22" x 9.5" x 13" satchel. Check out the wide selection of sturdy Canopy totes in coated canvas as well; MSRP $79.50. Finally, the most exquisite crossover bag ever has to be Pendleton's leather Commuter Tote, craf ed of oil-tanned leather with an exclusive geometric debossed design. Cotton lined with multiple interior pockets and a de- tachable, adjustable leather strap. 14" x 7" x 12," MSRP $369. DOUBLE J SADDLERY PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS LEADERS IN LEATHER

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