The Bag Project was the brain-child of member, Mary Arch, who was wondering what would happen if we all shot the same bag without telling each other what we would do. It is amazing how our diverse individual personalities shine through in the way we interpret and get inspired by a particular product. Each of us had a different story to tell....

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  When I saw the color of the bag, I immediately knew I wanted to shoot it in front of the bright, graphic graffiti walls in Bushwick. The inspiration for the model's pose? The bright outdoor sun!"

XINA GIATAS

"When I saw the color of the bag, I immediately knew I wanted to shoot it in front of the bright, graphic graffiti walls in Bushwick. The inspiration for the model's pose? The bright outdoor sun!"

LIZ PETERS   "I have a love for miniatures and clever crafting, and this bag was a great opportunity to work on both. I love tricking the eye and making objects look different than they do in their normal lives. A wallet “tent” and handbag “grassy hill” were great bases for lots of handmade miniatures, which is one of my favorite things to create.  Chris Lynn  is always a wonderful photographer to work with because he really knows how to make these scenes come to life!"

LIZ PETERS 

"I have a love for miniatures and clever crafting, and this bag was a great opportunity to work on both. I love tricking the eye and making objects look different than they do in their normal lives. A wallet “tent” and handbag “grassy hill” were great bases for lots of handmade miniatures, which is one of my favorite things to create. Chris Lynn is always a wonderful photographer to work with because he really knows how to make these scenes come to life!"

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  "The shots are on 35mm film which I think is very inspiring and naturally beautiful. The bag on the head was a playful way to get you to grab the viewers attention, along with the gorgeous model, lighting and clothing."

CHARLOTTE SIMS

"The shots are on 35mm film which I think is very inspiring and naturally beautiful. The bag on the head was a playful way to get you to grab the viewers attention, along with the gorgeous model, lighting and clothing."

MELINA HAMMER  "I dreamt up a parade of colors and an over-the-top "ladies picnic" theme to go with the bag. Who doesn't bring a pot of goodies with them on a grand picnic?! Inspired by two dames who knew great style, I made a  delicious riff on Julia Child's bouillabaisse , added artifacts (and a tablecloth) from my grandmother, and accented the scene with foraged and found treasures from my collections. Absolute play."

MELINA HAMMER

"I dreamt up a parade of colors and an over-the-top "ladies picnic" theme to go with the bag. Who doesn't bring a pot of goodies with them on a grand picnic?! Inspired by two dames who knew great style, I made a delicious riff on Julia Child's bouillabaisse, added artifacts (and a tablecloth) from my grandmother, and accented the scene with foraged and found treasures from my collections. Absolute play."

MARY ARCH  "The motivation for my 'bag shot' was really created by my small window of time with the bag and a personal favorite painting I have in my apt.  I found the sway of what I deemed branches worked with the underneath part of the bag which I found to be a unique detail that I wanted to highlight."

MARY ARCH

"The motivation for my 'bag shot' was really created by my small window of time with the bag and a personal favorite painting I have in my apt.  I found the sway of what I deemed branches worked with the underneath part of the bag which I found to be a unique detail that I wanted to highlight."

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    "I chose to collaborate with my creative friend and photographer Lorie Reilly for this project. I knew that I wanted my image to be colorful, but I had no idea how vivid the final image would turn out. I remember being so excited on set as we were building up the props, each test shot becoming more colorful than the last. I love working with Lorie because she lights so intricately, spending time on texture and shape and color. "

JILLIAN GUARCO

"I chose to collaborate with my creative friend and photographer Lorie Reilly for this project. I knew that I wanted my image to be colorful, but I had no idea how vivid the final image would turn out. I remember being so excited on set as we were building up the props, each test shot becoming more colorful than the last. I love working with Lorie because she lights so intricately, spending time on texture and shape and color. "

CELINE GRISCOM   "I saw the nuanced and rich teal color mimicked in the wings of these beetles, and was also inspired by the excesses of the bag's hardware. So I got down to screwing in thousands of screws and meticulously placing hundreds of beetle wings, because OCD art has always fascinated me as a way to express oneself. Shot by the amazing  Nathan Kraxberger  in his Soho studio."

CELINE GRISCOM

 "I saw the nuanced and rich teal color mimicked in the wings of these beetles, and was also inspired by the excesses of the bag's hardware. So I got down to screwing in thousands of screws and meticulously placing hundreds of beetle wings, because OCD art has always fascinated me as a way to express oneself. Shot by the amazing Nathan Kraxberger in his Soho studio."

CARRIE CAPALDI  "I love the color and modern style of this bag. For me, It conjures a successful, modern woman navigating the city with her magic bag full of tricks."

CARRIE CAPALDI

"I love the color and modern style of this bag. For me, It conjures a successful, modern woman navigating the city with her magic bag full of tricks."

BROOKE JACOBS  "I loved the color of the bag and when I worked on a layered bed of rich velvety jewel toned blankets. I thought it would be perfect for the bag and I would go all out on the jewel concept. "

BROOKE JACOBS

"I loved the color of the bag and when I worked on a layered bed of rich velvety jewel toned blankets. I thought it would be perfect for the bag and I would go all out on the jewel concept. "