Eye-catching to say the least, this soft leather Sprinkles Clutch is the perfect size for your ID, business cards, cash, clips or other daily necessities. Each unique item is screen-printed by hand in small batches in Toronto by the Falconwright duo, Sandi and Danielle. Falconwright sources from Toronto-based suppliers with a careful eye for quality.Read the brand story
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- 100% white screen-printed leather
- Unlined suede interior
- Approximately 7"L x 10"W
- Yellow leather zipper pull
- Brass zipper
- Professionally clean
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When designer-illustrator Sandi Falconer and sewer-maker Danielle Wright met at a Toronto crafts fair a few years back, they instantly clicked. Danielle dug Sandi’s designs, and Sandi admired Danielle’s skill with a needle and thread.
One afternoon, over beers at one of their favorite local haunts, they had a mind-meld: Why not combine their talents? “Danielle had a bag of leather and knew how to sew and I knew how to screen print,” recalls Sandi. So they started sketching out designs for purses and wallets, combined their last names, and within months, began selling their printed wares at craft fairs and online under the moniker Falconwright. As their whimsical little purses, card holders and wallets flew off shelves, soon, what began as a fun side project became a full-time gig. Says Sandi: “That one idea changed our lives.”
The ladies of Falconwright hand-sew and print every bag that carries their label, a painstaking process that takes hours to complete. And that’s not all. Falconwright really is a two-woman operation: “We apply all the hardware,” says Sandi, “and package everything up. Each item is special. A lot of work goes into every bag, so we’re both always very proud of every one we sell.” On leather sourced from local vendors, Sandi screens prints that reflect her quirky aesthetic–a style influenced, according to her personal website, by “slightly askew hand drawn text, tired eyes, witches, objects of perceived luck or fortune, pumpkins, patterns, bright colours and black ink.” Inspiration comes from anywhere, from the mundane to the fantastical. Pineapples and palm trees made cameos in Falconwright’s collection last spring, and last winter’s line was an ode to spirit animals. Really, “we’re all about the patterns,” says Sandi. “We want the bags to be as fun as possible.”
At their light-filled, airy studio in Toronto, the ladies keep the fun factor at full-throttle, too. They start each morning with a quick meeting over coffee to discuss the day’s plans, then “dive into production,” says Sandi. “I print leather and Danielle hangs out at her sewing machine making the printed pieces into bags.” To mix up the day, they play with Danielle’s pup, Ollie, crack open some snacks (wasabi peas are a fave), skip out to their local coffee joint for another restorative cup of joe, or crank up the music. Kanye is a studio staple, although lately, says Sandi, “I’m pretty obsessed with Drake,” and recently they instituted “Classic Rock Mondays.”
Falconwright’s hard work and craftsmanship is paying off: they’ve created a true cult following. But the best part of all? Getting to work with a bud. “We love it,” says Sandi. And so do we.