Introducing…Rough and Tumble!

I admit, I’m vain enough that I like showing my personal style and am particular about what I wear or carry. At the same time, I’m practical enough that I don’t like carrying accessories or bags that are uncomfortable, like when you’re carrying a leather bag that soon feels weighty on your shoulder and you’re sore the next day. A chunky necklace that is resting close to your collar bone and makes you feel your neck is somewhat constricted. Sometimes you just want a shoulder bag that can be carried another way, like a cross body bag, but was sold as a shoulder bag with a short handle. One designer has found the solution to my problem.

Rough and Tumble, owner and designer Natasha Durham, is based on Norway, Maine and has introduced an innovative approach to how one bag can be used by women (and men) to suit their needs.

Handbags made one at a time from a mountain in Maine

There is inherent beauty in something made one at a time, and here there is a commitment to the effort that this entails.

These collections, by designer Natasha Durham, emphasize a rugged & understated luxury. A statement of visual balance, clean architecture, and high function. “good form does not require decoration”

This signature mix of smart utility, archival form, and rugged luxury materials marks what we see as an enduring vision in the mercurial platform of fashion.

From Rough and Tumble’s Etsy shop

Sometimes when you’re carrying a bag on your shoulder but end up with a load in your arms, having to adjust the strap so it doesn’t fall off can be troublesome. Imagine being able to convert the bag from a shoulder bag or cross-body bag to a backpack? That’s where Rough and Tumble’s 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 designs come in. My favourite, ever since I discovered the Zakk hobo from Velvetine,from the range is the flexibility of Rough and Tumble’s hobos.

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Tiny hobo pack, £120.51 from Rough and Tumble

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Interior of the Tiny hobo. Source: Rough and Tumble

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The Tiny hobo worn as a cross-body bag. Source: Rough and Tumble

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The Tiny hobo converted to a backpack. Source: Rough and Tumble

At first it baffles the mind how the bag can be worn as 3 different styles, but on closer inspection, Natasha’s creativity means that the design of the long strap that runs along the bottom of the bag provides support for the weight of the items within while extending the strap from the top allows you to carry it as a cross-body, pulling the straps from either of the side converts it to a backpack and the clip-on shorter strap allows you to carry it as a shoulder bag. You can even speak to Natasha and her team about customising the bag, like the length of the strap, interior lining choices, choice of leather, choice of hardware and whether you want outer pockets or not. Neat, right?

In addition to the Tiny which can fit a large (or long) wallet, the hobo also comes in 4 other sizes:

The Petite which can fit an iPad,

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Petite hobo pack, £126.92 from Rough and Tumble

The Mid which can fit and iPad and some more,

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Mid City Safari hobo with outer pockets, £191.03 from Rough and Tumble

The Large is roomy enough to fit an 11″ laptop,

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Large hobo pack, £139.74 from Rough and Tumble

and the Laptop which can fit a 13″ laptop.

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Laptop hobo pack, £152.56 from Rough and Tumble

You can view all the leather and canvas choices for the exterior of your bag from Rough and Tumble’s Etsy store here. I already know that I want the Petite hobo in Zinc & Copper pewter, but without the outer pockets (colour of the leather shown below in Tiny):

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Tiny hobo pack in Zinc & Copper pewter with outer pockets, £146.15 from Rough and Tumble

If the hobo isn’t really your thing, there are other styles as well to choose from:

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13″ Laptop Day bag, £146.15 from Rough and Tumble

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Field Messenger 1942 bag, £146.15 from Rough and Tumble

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Farmer’s Market tote, £28.21 from Rough and Tumble

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The small Train bag, £178.21 from Rough and Tumble

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XL 1904 Satchel, £165.38 from Rough and Tumble

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Lined R&T waxed canvas case, £17.31 from Rough and Tumble

Read Natasha Durham’s interview with Maine Today here.

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