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Bags by Leslie Oschmann

While in Amsterdam last week I had an entire day off between shoot days so I made a special appointment to visit the home and atelier of Leslie Oschmann of Swarm because I’ve been hoping to meet her for a few years now. I finally got the courage to just approach her! I don’t know, something about meeting someone so talented who spent many years at Anthropologie in such a creative role can be a bit intimidating but I figured I had nothing to lose so why not call her up?

Bags by Leslie Oschmann

Fortunately, she was quite welcoming and lovely even… so I ended up in her pretty Amsterdam apartment/atelier last Wednesday morning. It was such a nice visit, she gave me her full attention explaining her process, showing me around, sharing secret upcoming projects, and giving me a glimpse of her most recent work including these gorgeous bags that I photographed here to share with you.

Bags by Leslie Oschmann

Leslie sources paintings from mostly flea markets and reinvents them so they can become chairs, bags and so much more — but she also allows some to remain simply as she found them — as paintings only stitching in a fabric tie on the portrait of a man or a silk scarf in punchy colors as a jacket for a lady or the vase of a flower (example below as seen in Anthropologie ). I loved looking at the old chairs that she covered in vintage oil paintings to give them a fresh, new look.


Bags by Leslie Oschmann

She sells lots of her work to Anthropologie, but if you would like to buy something directly from her for you or your own little shop, you can contact Leslie directly (l.oschman AT Leslie is currently making more bags so please contact her if you like what you see.

Leslie so nicely sent me home with one of her bags — I was so surprised and honored that she’d do something so kind, it really made my day because I’m rather shy about taking things but when someone gives you such a special gift it’s one you always remember. And so I will always remember this special meeting whenever I use my pretty bag (I’ve already tested it in all of the rain I got hit with after leaving her flat and it held up just wonderfully!) Thank you again Leslie for the bag and for the lovely time that you so generously shared with me.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted by decor8 in uncategorized on August 09, 2010

Your comments...

  1. Lindsay commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 7:33pm

    I think I’ve fallen in love so hard with these bags, I really hope the price doesn’t break my heart. I’ve never been so awe struck with a bag….

    Thank you so very much for this wonderful post! Glad you had an amazing time.

  2. Valeria commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 7:36pm

    These bags are so cute! I really love the leather straps on them too!

  3. Anu commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:23pm

    Love these!!!
    Anu´s last blog post ..Hello Monday and a Beautiful Giveaway!!!

  4. Tina commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:52pm

    Cute, cute, cute – wouldn´t mind one of those bags (or two)..! :-)
    Tina´s last blog post ..It´s OK to be lazy

  5. victoria commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:13pm

    i pretty much want anything leslie has ever created. these bags are amazing!
    victoria´s last blog post ..professor plum in the drawing room

  6. Lynn commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:13pm

    Totally inspirational . I love this article, and I love the items Leslie makes they are so original…how lucky you were to actually go and see them, and meet Leslie, and share it with us big thanks !
    Lynn x
    Lynn´s last blog post ..Susie Cowie Embroidery

  7. Hadassah Sorvillo commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:27pm

    Oi Querida!! Adorei tudo, as bolsas são incríveis e se blog é uma doçura.
    Hadassah Sorvillo´s last blog post ..As aulas começaram !!!

  8. Susan commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:41pm

    Aren’t you lucky! She is amazing..I have blogged about her talents as well, but what a dream to meet her. I’m loving her bags, and can’t wait to see what she does next.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Christine commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:59pm

    Incredible. These are so uniquely beautiful!
    Christine´s last blog post ..remembering the good stuff

  10. amye commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 10:04pm

    I love these bags and I love your site! May I reprint on ?
    amye´s last blog post ..Great Scrapbook Without Scrapbooking!

  11. palefoot commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 10:14pm

    the colors and paint streaks are wonderful

  12. kira commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 10:23pm

    …want…. they’re the unique, gorgeous bag with personality but no kitsch…did I mention how much I now want one? sigh….

  13. amye commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 10:32pm

    I hope it is okay I linked to you with lots of credit! Keep up the great and stunning work. I hope to meet you sometime Holly and would love to guest blog sometime!

  14. MARCE commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 11:06pm

    These bags are so cute!!
    MARCE´s last blog post ..Mensaje con burbujas

  15. Sandra Kuwartowski commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 11:06pm

    Beautiful bags made of old paintings-I really like those leather handles. I like the atmosphere of her atelier, the black paint splatters on the cupboard and grey drippings from the wall – one can smell the paint…

  16. shari @ little blue deer commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 11:19pm

    Gorgeous bags! And the setting is so fabulous, too, lovely atelier! Thank you for sharing!
    shari @ little blue deer´s last blog post ..Love Is The New Black

  17. Elkie commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 11:25pm

    Her bags are so charming. Percioso!
    Elkie´s last blog post ..Win a Sweet Tote Bag full of Beauty Products!

  18. Jacilyn commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 12:01am

    Those bags are so incredible. Her work is so unique and refreshing I think. How fun that you got to meet her and get a look at things behind the scene. And that dresser/cabinet behind the bags…how wonderful is that with the paint spatter.

  19. Stacey commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 12:15am

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautifully designed bags. I also love the backdrop for their displays.
    Stacey´s last blog post ..Blog therapy…

  20. Penny Patten commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 12:54am

    I love the bags, the colors and patterns are great!
    Penny Patten´s last blog post ..My Newest Publications

  21. La Résidence! commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 3:24am

    Cute bags. Would have loved to see more of her apartment.

  22. nattie commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 3:41am

    I LOVE TOTES! and this tote just to die for! Thanks for blogging about this! Can’t wait to get my hand on one! :)
    nattie´s last blog post ..LavennzOsy Illustrations

  23. qq commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 4:41am

    I think the bags are really good design! I love Leslie Oschmann’s artwork.

  24. Jenn commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 4:45am

    Those bags are perfect for everything!
    Jenn´s last blog post .. photoblog weekend in SF

  25. Glenda commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 6:38am

    What a lovely treat to get to visit an amazing artist, and go home with a gift from her. I love thoughtful people.

    Glenda´s last blog post .. A PERFECT DAY

  26. Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 7:20am

    Creative and fun bags!

    Love the repurposing.
    Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas´s last blog post ..Lovely Las Vegas- Happy New Week!

  27. decor8 commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 10:22am

    La Résidence! – It’s very lovely, I had the tour! :)

  28. seth commented
    August 10th, 2010 at 5:16pm

    I love the painting effect on the furniture in the background.

  29. Beth Perry commented
    August 11th, 2010 at 2:33am

    what an awesome story!!! how sweet and wickedly talented she is!
    Beth Perry´s last blog post ..Pretty Things

  30. giasa commented
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:44am

    I love these bags. Leslie Oshmann is fabulous!

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