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Fiona Craig

Leather bags

When Fiona Craig began her own private search for the ultimate handbag it proved fruitless.  Having undertaken a specialist leather course at The Saddlery Training Centre, Salisbury, Fiona had a keen eye for identifying good quality leather workmanship and was frustrated by the inferior use of materials evidenced in so many of the handbags she had seen.

Undeterred, Fiona decided to take matters into her own hands ? quite literally!  Drawing on her extensive knowledge of leather and stitching / cutting techniques, Fiona set about designing and making the perfect bag.  The resulting leather creation drew numerous compliments from friends and family and such was the enthusiasm for Fiona's work that
she decided to start a dedicated designer handbag business, "Papagos" -named after her horse.

Today Papagos produces 6 different designs, using full grain bridle shoulder, the bags are classic in style but contemporary in colour and detail.   There are never any two bags made identical to each other, they will have different coloured gussets or stitching and lined in silks, linen or suede, again, all in different colours.  There is something that makes each unique, and every one meticulously hand crafted and hand stitched by Fiona.

 
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