Circa 1999 Canadian actor Donald Sutherland was interviewed on the CBC TV programme, In Conversation With Peter Gzwoski. The host looked puzzled because his guest appeared to be carrying a brown paper bag. What is that?! he asked. To which Mr.Sutherland replied: This is my book bag! (Indeed he was carrying an authentic Brave Brown Bag and so the BBB became the topic of their conversation) Yes, the BBB can hold it's own as an old school style book bag; or perhaps Donald will bequeath his BBB to son Keifer as the new school style ipad bag. Either way we are honoured to be a functional conversation piece. * Photo - first 'edition' of BBB in Paris at world famous bookshop, Shakespeare & Company
Last Saturday, I was honored to have a BBB trunk show in Toronto at the elegant boutique, Ewanika. Fashion designer Trish Ewanika has an exquisite sense of simplicity that has inspired my BBB line for over 15 years. The occasion was a peak preview of our Le sac de charlotte waxed leather bag. Her customers loved the clean lines and the butter soft leather. A compliment I most loved was 'how lyrical' the LSC is. 'From flux to poise from poise to attitude'.....And might I add: so too the lyrical lines of the glam gams on the left. Thank you Trish!
No, this is not my being esoteric, tis' the beautiful whimsical shapes of Japanese script... and the homepage of GOJUON, our Japanese dealer; they are amazing purveyors of all things papery and writing instruments from the mundane to the exotic including the BBB. The shop is down a tiny alley in the luxury Ginza district of Tokyo. www.Gojuon.com. Owner Kyoko Uino, has also designed a dedicated website for the BBB www.bbbag.jp. - all in Japanese of course. What more can I say.... A 1000 BBB is worth a word in Japanese calligraphy. However, please note it would appear the Japanese translation for the Brave Brown is the Brave Brown Bag!!! Cool.
The angels are in the details here: this is my designer family tree so to speak. Out of the English bird tin come artifacts of artistry, industry and nature. Do you see the silkworm's cocoon? ( a gift from a textile designer friend ) Stone angel fossils from the shores of Lake Erie. A beautiful bakelite sailing block from a wooden sailing dinghy....perhaps not. And yes that is a maquette of a Brave Brown Bag, a mini mini BBB made with much TLC by my Japanese dealer Akiko Uino for her Tokyo based shop Gojoun. (www.gojuon.com)
My Geneva based friend/filmaker Katarina gives 'swisshy' style to her daily shopping with her BBB. Hope this will encourage the arrival of Spring flora and fauna to hurry up and arrive here in Ontario!
Carrying a brave brown bag is much easier than this I promise .... but this earth-ball-rolling event with children really did take place very close to where I grew up near Chatham Ontario on Lake Erie; where all the bright ideas and designy stuff began for me.... and now inspires a Sisyphian laugh when production goes awry.... just having a BBB ball!