Misfit Shoulder Work Bag
Imperfection is beauty. The imperfections perceived by the brain makes us imagine something inanimate as a living, breathing thing. The Lab of Misfit’s shoulder bags, designed by Beau and Engso, are also imperfect. Each bag has its own shape, flaws, and character unique to it alone. Not only are they in movement, they enable Misfits in their deeply nomadic natures. The bags are perfect for carrying your laptop, journal, wallet, keys and other essentials.
Leather: Made from the back of French sheep. The leather from French sheep smells different and feels different. It also behaves differently. The skins have two layers of skin, which separates when they get wet in the sculpting process creating a beautifully unique texture.
Dimensions: 16" high, 16" wide.
Engso is a leather artist who grew up on his family’s small farm in Estonia. Because of the natural ways of his family’s farm dating back hundreds of years, the animals were highly cared for, which is reflected in the quality of skins. This upbringing had a profound impact on Engso as an artist.
Each bag is made from a single piece of leather individually selected from farms in Italy and France, who take great care of their animals. As linings are not used, the quality of the inside of the bag is just as important as the outside. A single piece is used to make each back because it creates a constraint that offers a dialectic between Engso and the process of creation.
He begins by hand-dyeing the leather creating an uneven shading resulting in a visual depth-of-field from an otherwise flat material. Then he soaks the leather in mild water for 50 minutes revealing the underlying nature of the material. Ringing the wet leather creates a further layer of texture to the leather. And while it’s still wet, he then sculpts each bag into a shape thinking not only about space, but also texture, smell and even the sound of the shape. The process can take weeks.
So these bags (and Engso himself) are truly misfit. What you’ll get will be unique to you.
There will be no other in the world like it. And you will feel the care, passion, artistry and functionality that goes into creating each one.