Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hade Bags!

Question 1: Did you miss me? My apologies. Life got the best of me.

Question 2: Do you love the move towards reusable cotton grocery bags, but hate the hideous billboard aesthetic of the ones carried by most stores? Me too! Well, now you can mesh style and sustainability all while supporting a local artisan!

I was walking the crowded/smelly/sweaty aisles of Montreal’s annual Expozine Fair, regretting having been dragged there for a third year in a row, when I came across Marie-Claude Hade and her gorgeous hand-silkcreened and stitched cotton bags.

These gorgeous unbleached cotton bags are decked out in the most sumptuous imagery, the most delicious colour combos - they are just dying to carry fresh stalks of green celery, electric orange carrots and fuchsia beets!

Marie-Claude Hade - who handmakes all her bags in her Granby, Quebec studio - has the eye of a designer and the talent of a seamstress. She silkcreens her drawings and imagery on to these bags, making each one different.

They come in two sizes and prices: Large, at $35 and small, at $20. The thin ones are perfect for toting around bottles of wine in style, whether it’s of the hostess-present variety or a trip to the liquor store.

She can be contacted at the following email address:

Marie-Claude Hade