As is the nature of most creative work, sometimes finished pieces come about quickly and at other times more slowly. A bag may appear rather simple and straightforward upon completion, and can belie the numerous steps necessary to insure old materials will withstand regular use. We take the structural aspects of building a bag as seriously as we do the aesthetic goals. All of our work is unconditionally guaranteed, and while very few bags come back for refurbishing, those that do typically have wear to the vintage materials rather than deficits in construction. We strive continually to improve processes for longer bag life

As is the nature of most creative work, sometimes finished pieces come about quickly and at other times more slowly.  A bag may appear rather simple and straightforward upon completion, and can belie the numerous steps necessary to insure old materials will withstand regular use.  We take the structural aspects of building a bag as seriously as we do the aesthetic goals.  All of our work is unconditionally guaranteed, and while very few bags come back for refurbishing, those that do typically have wear to the vintage materials rather than deficits in construction.  We strive continually to improve processes for longer bag life

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It’s spring cleaning time! As the days lengthen and grow warm, we come out of winter’s hibernation, throwing open the windows and doors letting in spring air and sunshine. Take advantage of our urge to purge–all of our BAGS in the web store are marked down and ON SALE. Click on the link in the profile and go to the bag section of the shop to SAVE. Always free shipping anywhere

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J. Augur bags may reflect a theme, or exploration into specific materials/methods, but each piece is uniquely individual. The scarcity and limitations imposed by using vintage and antique materials result in every bag being one-of-a-kind. A duo or trio derived from the same hide, weaving or textile, may be akin to a ‘litter’…where there is apparent relatedness with noticeable differences…is as close as we get to ‘production’. Our hair-on-hide totes feature sixty unique hand stamped sterling concho buttons handcrafted by New Mexican jewelry maker Carlos Santa Fe and are fully lined in antique patchwork indigo. We only made two this spring. Available in our web shop with free shipping anywhere–click on the link in profile

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J. Augur bags are as unique as the people who carry them. Imbued with the rich history of distinct cultural legacies, the materials we select tell stories of people, places and events long past…penetrating deeper than mere aesthetic. Leathers that once protected cowboys riding the range, textiles woven by Navajo women sitting on the ground before vertical looms, silver conchos cast and stamped by practiced silversmiths…all recombined into functional accessories making it possible to carry a distinct narrative on your shoulder every day. Style is more than fashion, it is how we express who we are and what we value. Model @vejaykesh

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Coming in for a soft landing–we seem to be on a pillow binge these days…vintage Navajo, antique Japanese Boro and Chinese brocades…recombined with lush velvets, worn leather and suede, washed shearling and, of course, fringe to create accessories for your home. It seems like this time of year inspires me to ponder interiors and how to bring the aesthetic reflected in our bags to other goods. Style is not just what we wear, it’s how we choose to live

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A couple Navajo bags on my workbench–freshly trimmed and ready to go. Made from a 1940’s hand woven Ganado Navajo rug. The red in the weaving leans toward vermillion, rather than the more typical deep carmine we associate with the traditional Navajo color palette. The bags’ bases are crafted from vintage leathers and feature antique Navajo sterling silver and turquoise conchos. We strive to source the best antique and vintage materials to use in every component of our bags–including the liners. Hand made in our Claremont, California studio–no two are alike

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