Our first bag design: Trudis Tote
I didn't formally study fashion or product design. I studied Dance, English Literature, Women's Studies, and Interior Design. That means I spent a lot of my youth thinking about how to relate the body to itself, communicate the imagined, how the imposition of desire and power is body-specific, and how to manifest power, desire, and the imagination in the world by successfully relating all three to the body. A winding road, but infinitely useful.
Trudis was born when I bought a leather bag, found that the straps wouldn't stay on my shoulders with a winter coat, [nervously] cut the top of the straps off to make a more accommodating shape, and attached new straps with what I had available. The resulting wave shape and rope made me think of being on vacation, and vacation is always linked, in my mind, to Portugal, where I once heard someone shout the name "Trudis!".
The body, the imagined, the desire, manifested in a bag.