Hidden away near the Beverly Depot on the North Shore is a fantastic gem – --a building filled with the studios of artists, artisans, and designers. This is where I set up my meeting with Meg Erickson of Meg Erickson Bags, formerly Two Hippies. At first when I walk in I'm hit with the luxurious scent of leather and notice the stacks upon stacks of the beautiful material filling every crevice of the studio. Perhaps it's the art/design geek in me, but I'm entranced by the colors and textures that surround me. I could spend hours just looking at the varieties of leather alone.
Meg is in the back of the room cutting leather with Monica, her helping hands for the day. We chat for a while as I photograph everything I see: material sheets, newly made bags, jewelry experiments, and other odds and ends. The studio has huge windows that let in great natural light. It's an ideal setting for creativity.
Meg Erickson Bags was started around two years ago after Meg visited a friend, who is a furniture designer, in California. One day, while helping her friend, they made a trip to the designer's leather supplier. At that moment Meg fell in love with the material and has been working with it ever since.
The simplicity of the bags allows for versatility when paired with outfits. The overall brand has a simple modern feel that would appeal to women who care about style but do not like to over think it. My personal favorite from the studio visit was the crimson and gold, hand-painted clutch pictured below.
The bags are carried all over the U.S. Check out her website to see where you can find them. In Boston you can find Meg's designs at Tess and Carlos, Good on Charles St., Sooki, and Luxe.