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The 'Carried with Us' project: handmade by Home Front Vintage in collaboration with Nat Thakur
The softest dark brown 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 'Frankie', the talented woman this bag is named after.
Love the design and style but want it in another colour? Check out our 'Esme' bag in light brown soft leather.
Comes in a Home Front Vintage dust bag.
This bag is named after Frances (Frankie) Butler who was born in Bradford in 1927, one of eight children. Her early years were spent in Bradford and during the early part of the war she was evacuated to Colne in Lancashire where she said there were more bombs than were dropped over her home town. During the war she worked at Lund Humphries who made the escape and evasion silk maps issued to the military. Frankie knew about the maps but never divulged whether she was involved in the actual printing of them or not. Her best friend Brenda was writing to a sailor who suggested to his friend Bert that he should write to Frankie. The obligatory photos were exchanged and having corresponded for some time they were eventually able to meet. They married a short time later.
Frankie’s son, Kevin, says “My mum was as straight as a die. She taught me that being truthful is always the best solution and she was very kind to everyone she met. Kindness and honesty, and an unshakeable faith and inner peace are the things I remember, I am still awed by her tenacity.”