This adorable accessory brand was created in 2019 by Natasha Fernandes Anjo, who makes everything herself by hand. She was inspired by furoshiki – a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to carry things.
The bags can be worn for any occasion, whether you’re going on a picnic, going out with friends or even to a farmers’ market – and they’re perfect to have by your side when the weather’s sunny and warm. Not only does Roop sell bags, they also offer scrunchies and headscarves, all made from the same colourful fabrics.
The bags themselves are made entirely of fabric. All the pieces are up-cycled, using fabrics that are dead-stock, either remnant or vintage. They’re also affordable, which can be quite rare for a brand that’s environmentally conscious. Unusually, the brand has been doing ‘limited drops’ rather than sticking to the fashion industry’s ‘conventional’ seasons. With each drop the bags sell out quickly, so if you see one you admire, I suggest you act swiftly.
Fabrics are sourced from leftover cuts from factories, secondhand Ebay finds, charity shop and vintage materials. Every bag is full of life, each with a different personality – there’s always an eclectic range of colours and prints in each collection. There are two styles of bags: the Furoshiki and (more recently) the Monica – both with the classic scrunchie strap.
In short, if you’re in search of individuality and originality, these charming, quirky bags are guaranteed to put a spring in your step!
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