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Artak is a bag and small goods design firm owned by Ana Teresa Knoll. A true artist to the core, she hand makes every piece, setting her brand apart from the bunch. And what’s more, her customers –that means you– get to design their own handbag: the style, the size and the color combination of your preference. Furthermore, you can conveniently do it online at artak.co. It becomes a really fun process, where you can unleash all of your creativity!

I’m telling you, this is the new IT BAG. Once you have yours, you won’t let go of it. They’re very lightweight, even the larger styles, they flatten out nicely to fit in your suitcase, they’re water-resistant and they never lose their shape. How is this possible? Because Artak bags are handmade with 100% Merino wool felt, 3mm thick. It’s renewable, biodegradable, liquid resistant and non-flammable, and the density of the felt gives the bags structural quality.

I met with Ana at her Coconut Grove studio, where she explained to me all about her design and handcraft process. Making use of her skills as an engineer, Ana Teresa measures every piece of felt with extreme precision and care; these will be used later when assembling and sewing the handbag. She then cuts them by hand, using a utility knife. Even the slightest error renders the piece useless, since it will alter the perfection and stability of the bag. Once she has cut every piece, she proceeds to embroider your monogram in the color you selected, she then literally burns the Artak logo on the inside main pocket and finally assembles each piece to sew them together. All bags have invisible magnet clasps, which by the way are quite convenient.

All bag styles are quite modern; some are more classic and others very trendy. You can choose between clutches, crossbody, shoulder bags, top handles or totes. Artak also has small goods like iPad mini sleeves, big wallets for traveling, standard size wallets and reading glasses sleeves. More recently, Ana Teresa decided to create a small butterfly rug for her daughter’s room. The butterfly rugs are small, made with 5mm felt and non-slip backing.

I’ve already designed my Artak bag. It’s the large KUNST, combining orange, fuchsia, and purple. I’ll have it ready soon! Can’t wait to have it and show it to you all.

If you live in Miami, you can go to Ole Unlimited, an accessories boutique where Artak has all its bag styles exhibited. They hang on their own wall so you can touch and feel the texture of this gorgeous felt. Ole Unlimited is located at 2357 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145. oleunlimited.com

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