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The 'Carried with Us' project: handmade by Home Front Vintage in collaboration with Nat Thakur
The softest mid tan leather made into a cute little clutch or cross body bag. The fixed length strap is removable and there is enough room inside for all your essentials for an evening out at the dance hall or theatre. The bag is lined in an original silk escape and evade map. You won't find anything like this on the high street and as only 75 of this bag will ever be made, you are safe in the knowledge that you are part of a very special owners club. Each bag is stamped with the edition number and our stylish new collaboration logo and comes with information about the maps as well as the story and photo of 'Esme', the remarkable Northern woman this bag is named after.
Love the design and style but want it in another colour? Check out our 'Frankie' bag in dark brown soft leather.
Comes in a Home Front Vintage dust bag.
This bag is named after Esme Thompson who was born in Yorkshire in 1920. Esme was an intelligent woman, but had a basic education, leaving school at 14. She did various jobs throughout her life, often working on the land or in service, but the people she worked for could see her potential, work ethic, and spirit and she often got promoted. During WWII Esme worked at Brough Aerodrome in Yorkshire. She worked in a reinforced room testing aircraft parts under pressure, in case anything blew up... She would not have survived if anything had exploded, but at least the factory would be ok! She rose to the ranks of supervisor and had to oversee production and testing to make sure everything was of the highest quality. The men did not take it well if their work was sent back by a woman!
Charlotte, Esme’s granddaughter says “My nana was the queen of make do and mend and I remember her telling me about putting gravy browning on her legs and drawing on the seams as she couldn’t get real stockings to wear. Esme was great fun and had the most wicked and naughty sense of humour. She would have been as proud as punch to something had been named after her – and would have told all her friends. I remember my nana as a hard grafting, never complaining, strong, independent woman. She made my mum the person she is today; and that made me the person I am today.”