It begins with the fabrics. All Funky Thistle pieces are made using high quality sample upholstery swatches from the interior design industry. Discontinued samples are collected from furniture stores and designers.
The design of the bags has evolved over the years. The ones that have made the cut have been thoroughly tried and tested. The patterns are created to make the most of the swatches, creating as little waste as possible.
Most of the styles require five to six different panels of fabric for the exterior alone. This often requires going through hundreds of swatches to bring together to get the perfect combination. The colours, patterns and texture of these fabric must work well together and bring out the best features of the materials.
Many of the bags feature an appliquéd image inspired by nature. These are hand cut from reclaimed leather and carefully sewn onto the front.
The bags are fully lined with much consideration to aesthetics and function. The fabric is thoughtfully chosen to match each bag. The structure of the lining as well as the exterior is strengthened with interfacing. Well considered pockets both zippered and open are found in most styles. A look at the interior of any Funky Thistle piece will give you a clear indication of the care and attention to detail put into the work.
Some bags have a hard bottom inserted for strength and structure. These are made from clean repurpose corrugated plastic.
Each piece is finished with a hand signed leather label created using a wood burning tool.
All Funky Thistle pieces are one of a kind and made with a dedication to fine craftsmanship.