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Regular price £165.00
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Small / Medium messenger bag for daily adventures. Plenty of room for all the essentials. Deep gusseted construction for perfect 'bag cramming'. Cross body strap (adjustable part may vary to images). Fairysteps big bead closure. Complete with matching fob (design shown in last image). Stitched and riveted construction made to love and to last.

    STYLES - Dimensions & Details

    • THIMBLE - Single compartment. Width at base: 23cm. Height: 21cm. Depth: 6cm.
    • HOMILY - Single compartment. Width at base: 28cm. Height: 26cm. Depth: 6cm.
    • STRAP - Fixed OR adjustable length, longest length: 100cm / 120cm / 140cm approx (may be joined). Use 'Notes' box. If you need it to be slightly longer please let me know.

    ORDER - Select your options

    • BAG COLOUR - Select one colour from the swatch, scroll down to view. If you fancy a different colour let me know, I may have some.
    • APPLIQUE - Plain / Oak Leaf / Button / Dove / Nettle Leaf, (use 'Notes' box for colour & option). Applique / accents can be any colour from the second accents swatch shown below.
    • CLOSURE - Big bead with thong / Button stud (see images).
    • Note - The front flap shape is placed intentionally using the raw edge of the hide meaning that every single bag is unique. If you prefer a rounded front please let me know.


      Allow up to 10 weeks making time for custom. A dispatch email will be sent as soon as they are in the post.

      Delivery costs are calculated at checkout and are based on the basket total.

      UK postage rates
      Total up to £39.00 = £4.50
      Total up to £90.00 = £6.00
      Total up to £205.00 = £8.50
      Total up to £250.00 = £10.00
      Total £250.01 and up = £12.00

      INTERNATIONAL postage rates
      Total up to £30.00 = £11.00
      Total up to £49.00 = £14.00
      Total up to £90.00 = £18.00
      Total up to £250.00 = £25.00 
      Total up to £350.00 = £30.00 
      Total up to– £440.00 = £40.00 
      Total up to £500.00 = £50.00
      Total £500.01 and up = £60.00

      Delivery information
      All custom made accessory orders are sent via Royal Mail insured & signed for post.

      Delivery times can vary depending on the destination country but it can take a while. Please allow up to 21 days for your parcel to be delivered. International customers are responsible for any customs charges that may be incurred. I am afraid that custom charges are beyond my control and I am unable to offer quotes of what they might be. Please do check the customs rules within your country before ordering.

      The Maker

      Your bag or purse will be handmade especially for you by Ren, an artisan Shoemaker working from her woodland workshop in the heart of rural Devonshire, England. Ren has been crafting unique bags alongside her shoemaking for over 2 decades, adding a little magic worldwide, one item at a time.

      What materials do you use?

      Tanneries / Merchants

      Leathers are carefully sourced from reputable accredited Italian and British tanneries that work to high ethical and environmental standards, among these are A & A. Crack & Sons, Badalassi Carlo and C. F. Stead. As a maker I am blessed to use these fabulously precious materials in my workshop.

      I specialise in artisan leathers simply because they offer instant aged beauty. Expect perfect imperfections throughout. Like knots & grain in real wood, these materials are a canvas of their origin, with marks, wrinkles & scratches worked into each item, embracing the hides individuality to create a unique product which develops rich patina with use. Colours have been carefully chosen to ensure your footwear, bag or purse becomes an everyday, every season, go to accessory.

      Many leathers harden during the lasting process as they are sculpted to the shape of the final shoe or boot. Do not be put off by this firmness, after a few wears they will soften and become supple and mellow. The leather insoles will allow your foot to bed into the sole creating its own unique cradle.

      Prices vary depending on the leather costs to myself as well as other factors, such as lining, etc with the tannery name / origin (if known) stated on the product description.


      Adhesives & Threads

      The adhesives I use are the lowest in nasty chemicals (toluene and MEK free) I could find whilst still being highly effective. Stitching threads are British made, superior quality, rot proof and abrasive resistant. My old sewing machines are terribly fussy, they only like to sew with the best.


      After care

      Always make sure that your shoes are kept well polished to avoid unnecessary wear. Any good polish will do, my preference being old fashioned dubbin (very sticky to apply), just use a small amount and rub in well. Dubbin is the most marvellous leather treatment balm made from almond oil, bees wax and other natural products. Any polish made from natural ingredients is a winner. I also recommend Renapur which smells almost edible. You can buy this on Amazon here.

      Polishing your shoes will darken the finish on all leathers apart from the satin finish ones. The *antiqued finish leathers will lighten with wear as the waxes and oils in the leather are displaced. It's a useful indicator that a jolly good polish is needed to replenish both the colour and the finish. If there is any fading then you can use a tinted shoe cream available in shoe shops or online.

      Veg tanned leathers develop their own unique patina over time, the colours darken and become rich and burnished. Polish them each month, make it a date ♥ and love them, they will be with you for a very long time.

      Fairysteps are all season shoes. Mine have gone boulder hopping at the seaside and the Moors, as well as running and rambling. As with all leather shoes you should avoid wearing in excessively wet conditions as it may cause stretching. I clean off the mud, pop them somewhere lukewarm (not on a radiator), and when dry I give them a polish. The ribbons even get a wash in the sink with warm water and hand soap. My shoes are then ready for the next adventure.


      Barefoot comfort soling

      I believe that your shoes should feel just like slippers, all day, every day, and our shoes do just that. With all leather interiors your new shoes will naturally give with wear, gradually moulding to your feet and offering glove like comfort.
      We use a very durable, highly flexible, lightweight, cushioned, non slip soling. There is no heel, just like Mother nature intended, with the soling offering a good level of bounciness and protection. When the time comes your shoes can be resoled by your local cobbler, thus extending the life of your beloveds and avoiding landfill sites.

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      • Main Colour

        Bags & purses are worked in thick, supple, gently antiqued, full grain leathers from Gold rated Italian tanneries. See drop down to select. *greenwood unavailable till April!

      • Accents

        Decorative applique (if applicable to your style) is worked in a lighter weight leather, shown above. Accent colour choice can make your bag truly unique!

      • Key Fobs

        Bags come with a matching key fob (excludes Purse & Clutch styles). Useful for keeping cottage keys safe and away from pixies who love to hide them.

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 1 review
      This bag is lovely!

      Thimble Oak bag. I have bought many items over the years from Fairysteps and I'm always really pleased with my items. This bag is lovely, plenty of room, well constructed and the colour is perfect along with the decoration. I like that this is unique and will last and last. Thank you :-)