I'VE RECENTLY BEEN GROWING MY purse collection and one of my very favorite brands is a new find: Primecut Bags. I'm in love with the minimal design and color palette! I was lucky enough to get one of designer Lizzie Falkenstein's small leather purses. Each one is made with a unique hair on hide design. Check out all the different styles here, and read on for an interview with Lizzie!
How did you get your start in design?
Most of my childhood involved crafting of some sort. As I got older I became more interested in sewing. My mom taught me the basics, by the time I was in middle school I was making my own pajamas and sundresses. I was never formally trained in the fashion/apparel industry, however I did go to school for architecture where I developed a design process that I'm able to apply on everything from interior design projects to bags.
What is Primecut's mission statement?
With a desire for the truly unique and a passion for creating, Primecut encompasses the individuality that can only be found in nature. Through one-of-a-kind hides sourced from regional and worldwide leather suppliers, every bag is an individual expression. From rich blacks, creamy whites and heathered brindles, no two will ever be alike. In search for a better bag, Primecut is where form and function finally meet. Every bag is designed and produced in Portland, Oregon with the highest standards in materials and aesthetics.
Are there any designers who inspire you? If not where do you get your inspiration?
I am inspired by a lot of independent designers that create pieces that look effortless such as Elizabeth Suzann as well as pieces that use materials and color blocking in moderns ways such as Corell Corell.
What was your inspiration for this current collection?
I'm not sure what my particular inspiration was for this collection but my intention was to create unique pieces that showcase the natural beauty and individuality of each hair-on-hide while still keeping a minimal aesthetic.
What are you currently listening to/reading?
Music: TV On The Radio, Youth Lagoon, Broken Social Scene Podcasts: Freakonomics, Radiolab. Books: Just finished Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson and Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.
Any big summer plans?
Lots and lots of weddings this summer! Heading to Italy in September for a few weeks of vacation though.
What's next for Primecut?
Surviving the crazy holiday season! After that I would like to start working with a manufacturer in town and going to some larger trade shows to grow the brand, and obviously continuing to make new designs. :)