I am now thoroughly into mexican tooled leather design. I grew up receiving wallets, address books, bags, etc with these really cool designs hand tooled onto them but never really appreciated the craftsmanship. Lately, I find myself learning about the different techniques and the vast quality spread in craftsmanship (just like in anything else). It's a lot of fun to dig through a pile of these hoping to find one that truly stands out.
The one above is the result of such a search. I should have taken pics of the pile I had to go through to find this. Geez! Very worth it though, it is lined in hot red leather and has hand-cut interior pockets. I was so inspired by the tooled design I of course had to sketch it.
I love a great designer bag as much as any other girl but there is nothing like using somethig completely hand made + designed that no one else has ♥