Sunday, May 1, 2011

Giveaway: Fabric & Handle

Hello my dears.  I know I've been an awful blogger, but thank you to those who are still here supporting Elisharon! There have been so many exciting things happening and I want to share my experiences with you all.  And I will.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but on Jan 14th of this year, Maui banned the use of plastic bags. All merchants switched over to paper, and our community was encouraged to use reusable bags.  I personally think mother nature is giving our little community a huge pat on the back.  I've also noticed that Maui peeps are sporting some pretty stylish reusable bags.  Yay Maui!  In efforts to help mother nature out, but remain stylish as well, I perused the interweb for a fun shopping tote, and I came across this ingenious shop, Fabric & Handle.  Let's get to know more about shop owner, Salinya and her fabulous bags.

Tell us a little about yourself. Any fun facts, tidbits, where are you from, etc...
I'm from Bangkok, Thailand. I really love finding the perfect new fabric for making my clothes or new bags. In fact, you might say I'm addicted to collecting fabric.

What inspired you to start making bags?
I've been making clothes, accessories, and bags for myself for so many years. It's like my big hobby. A lot of people asked where my clothes or bags came from. Some people even wanted me to make some for them, but I thought they were kidding. Then my hobby became more serious, and I built a workshop in my home. I kept making things for myself, my boyfriend, and my friends. After receiving nice compliments about my work, I thought it would be good to share this with more people. I hoped that maybe other people would love my creations. When I began designing and making bag models it took longer than I expected because I kept changing the small details. Now I have a couple of good tailors working with me so we can get things done faster, but I still put the finishing touches on every one of the bags myself.

Your design philosophy?
I believe a good bag is both pretty and practical. It should look nice, feel nice when you touch it, and survive daily use. The design should be simple enough that it doesn't get in the way and timeless enough that it never goes out of style.

Anything else...
I love what I'm doing so much that it doesn't seem like work at all. It's a privilege to be able put my personal touch on every bag. I can truly say that I love every bag I make. I hope that the people who order my bags will enjoy them as much as I enjoy creating them.

Fashion inspiration?
I have always been passionate about fashion. I read fashion blogs and magazines as well as watching people I see in my daily life. So I guess I've developed my own sense of style from a variety of sources.

Wow Salinya, you are awesome!  It's great to know that you put your own personal touch into each and every bag.  That's an A+ in my book.  Salinya has graciously offered the Claire Tote Shopping Bag to one of my readers. 

To enter, simply visit Fabric & Handle and tell me which item is your favorite. 
Extra entries if you follow by blog, follow me on Facebook, and follow Fabric and Handle on Facebook.
Please leave me your email addy, so I can contact you if you're the winner! (if I have no way of contacting you, I'll have to choose another winner.)

Giveaway open to everyone and ends on Saturday, May 7th.  Winner will be announced shortly thereafter. 

Love, S


sami chu. said...

wow! that is amazing that maui has banned plastic bags. they should do that in boston asap! i love this bag and would love to win. my favorite is the purple valnient tote.

sami chu. said...

also, i am a follower of this blog! PICK ME!!


lei ann said...

hi sharon! that's great that maui banned plastic bags! i wish more communities would do that! i always carry a few reusable bags in my car, but i would love one more! especially such cute canvas ones! this one's my favorite :)

you sound busy, but hope you are well!

Anonymous said...

I love the Raina tote bag. Wonderful aqua color!

Alci said...

That's amazing!
I love this one cuz of the bright color..

Alci =0)

bestie said...

What a great interview! And all the bags are so amazing; it's hard to choose! I love these ones though:

And of course I follow you here! :D


Heidi said...

Great products! I am loving the Maryl Tote Shopping Bag.

- Heidi

Heidi said...

I am following you on Facebook!

- Heidi

Heidi said...

I am following your blog!

- Heidi

Heidi said...

I am following fabric and handle on facebook!

- Heidi

Michelle's Style File said...

Lovely interview and great bag. I love the shantay tote but they all fabulous.
Following too : )


fisiwoman said...


Ana Belén R.M

fisiwoman said...

Following on GFC.

Ana Belén R.M

fisiwoman said...

Following on FB (Ana Belén R M)

Ana Belén R.M

fisiwoman said...

Following Fabric and Handle on Facebook too.

Ana Belén R.M

Lost in Calgary said...

Welcome back Sharon, and I love this giveaway..
I've been shopping with reuseable bags and none of them look like this!! My favourite is the Delmare Tote shopping bag.


stacey_tran18 @ hotmail . com

Ariana said...

The Delmare Tote Shopping Bag is way cute! Great giveaway!

Ariana -


I also follow you via GFC!

this free bird said...

this is such a great giveaway! i didn't know maui banned use of plastic bags. interesting.

i would go with the claire all the pretty!!

hope you are well my dear :)


Lisa - respect the shoes said...

The valiant tote shopping bag is gorgeous! Thanks for a great giveaway - oh you know I follow!



Hey girl!! Loving these bags especially the purple Valiant tote...gorgeous! xo

Galia said...

nice bag.. and fantastic outfits..!! :)

Nicole F. said...

I love love love the shantay toe!

A.Co said...

This is awesome!!

These bags are really nice - I like the options for the strap width and the colours are great.

My fave is definitely the AMITE with the PAIGE coming in a close second.

You know I follow (via GFC) and I miss you too!!!!! It HAS been forever!

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

You have my email. (lol - that seems so bold ;)

eatsleepshitsew said...

I love the Paige Tote Shopping Bag! Thank you Sharon! I already follow your blog and Facebook page!

Melrose said...

Oh wow. props to salinya for being a genius that respects the environment too!

The Raina and Amite are gorgeous and perfect for spring, not just sustainable shopping!

Kristy said...

I love how you can adjust the handles easily.
Very clever! :)
My favorite bag is the Shantay Tote Shopping Bag (
Maybe I'd buy a pair of red TOMS to match this tote ;)

I follow you on Google AND Facebook :)
Email: askmonochromachic(at)gmail(dot)com

Crossing my fingers and toes! (and you know it!) ;)

Mae Lu said...

Clair tote and the Ninon weekender are pretty rad!!

Following via Google AND Facebook
Following F & H on Facebook as well.

contact: maeko_ish{attttttttttt}yahoo{doooott}com


Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

Cylia said...

hey sharon:) how are you? reusable bags are the best. they look pretty awesome aswell:)

Fashion Fabrice said...

wow that's such a good thing for the enviroment! Go maui peeps:)

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Jihee said...

SO in love with these bags! I love the Amite Tote the best, the color is so perfect!

Jihee said...

& of course I follow your blog ;)

Joey said...

I think it's amazing that Maui have banned plastic bags. In my city, a lot of stores are charging extra for plastic bags, but I hope they would slowly phase out the use of them.

Thanks for organizing this giveaway! Include me :)

My fav bag is the Agate F. Shoulder Bag
Already following you via GFC with username: everydayoutfits


Style Worthwhile said...

Great interview!! I always try to not use plastic bags when I can. That's awesome how she makes bags! My fav is Ninon Weekend bag, please enter me! :)


fashioneggpplant said...

first of all, big congratulations on the no plastic bag law. hope they do that here too.

my fave bag: valiant and raina tote shopping bag
liked both in fb as sarah irene tirona


fashioneggpplant said...

oops, also a follower thru gfc: ms eggplant :)

Lidiya said...

Great photos! I love all of the bags, they're amazing! <3 xoxo

Lauren said...

I love the Valiant Tote

Great post and support for hawaii!


Anonymous said...

yay no more plastic bags in trees!!! i likey the claire tote & the Agate F Shoulder bag!! crossing fingers :)
-sister leah

Carrie said...

I really like the Delmare Tote Shopping bag! It can go with everything. :)

my email is


Carrie said...

i am a follower via GFC!


Anonymous said...

i love them all, but especially the Shantay Tote Shopping Bag!