Julia Cunningham

Handbags, accessories and gifts designed and made in Scotland

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The Ju-C Handbag Collection

The Handbags - I design and make a range of handbags, there should be a style to suit everyone and all occasions. Each style has a Scottish name which I think reflects the bag. Many of my bags are unique or are produced in short runs depending on the fabric available. They are made from some of the finest tartans and tweed cloth that are woven locally in Scotland and from just across the the Border. In the spring and summer I add printed cottons and linens to my collection.
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The Fantoosh

The Fantoosh meaning posh is a real handbag that is be carried by hand with comfortable padded handles which is my trademark. They come in either a small (wee) or larger (muckle) size. They can be made in tartans, tweeds or printed linens. These bags are great for an evening out, wedding or just for day to day use. Inside they have two simple pockets one with a button detail. The bags are finished off with large over-sized buttons and strong elastic closure.

The Fantoosh now come in the new “Funky” bespoke style which can be commissioned with personal lettering.

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Tapsalteerie

The Tapsalteerie meaning topsy-turvy, is a shoulder bag or can be a cross-the-body bag. It is a similar shape to the Fantoosh however it has a flap which can come in the same or contrasting fabric. It comes with a handmade strap, customers commissioning bags can have a bespoke length.

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Peerie Poak

The Peerie Poak meaning the inquisitive bag, is a large clutch bag perfect for evenings out and special occasions. It can be made in tweeds, tartans and linens. It has a flap and can be made with the large over-sized buttons or a large hand-covered button. The Clootie Poak has a short handle which allows the bag to be either carried by hand or on the shoulder giving you a little more flexibility. This wee bag looks great in tweeds, tartans and floral’s.

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Clootie Poak

The Clootie Poak meaning cloth bag, is based on the Peerie Poak but has has a short handle which allows the bag to be either carried by hand or on the shoulder giving you a little more flexibility. This wee bag looks great in tweeds, tartans and floral’s.

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Wee Tatterwallop

The wee Tatterwallop meaning small ragged garment are small shoulder bags with most of their seams on the outside giving them a distinctive casual look. They are fully lined with two internal pockets. One with a hand-covered button closure and they are finished off with large over-sized button and strong elastic closure.

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Lang and Jimpit Nebbies

Nebbies meaning a bit nosy, are small everyday bags that leave you hands free. They are fully lined with one large pocket which has a button closure.The Jimpit Nebbie has a short handle so it can be worn as a shoulder-bag and the Lang Nebbie has a much longer strap so it can be worn across the body. These bags have a contrasting front panel and are finished off with an over-sized button and strong elastic closure.

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Kibble Hodden

The Kibble Hodden meaning sturdy woolen cloth is a new bag in my collection and is one of the largest. It can come with either the short shoulder-bag strap or with a longer one so you can wear it a-cross the body. The flap on this bag is often cut in contrasting colour or on the bias. This bag is large enough for an i-pad and lots of other treasure. Makes a perfect everyday bag for work. Fully lined with two internal pockets. Finished off with an over-sized button and strong elastic closure.

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Ju-C Satchel

Ju-C Satchels are made up of a patchwork of different fabric panels in tartans and tweeds, and are therefore always unique. The satchels are another everyday casual style bag with the distinctive rough edges and seams on the outside. They come in “wee” and ” muckle” sizes with a long strap and are meant to be worn across the body. They are made with two contrasting panels of fabric and complimentary or contrasting side panels and are of course finished of with a large over-sized button and strong elastic closure. A great all rounder bag that definitely stands out from the crowd.

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Ju-C Sandie

Ju-C Sandie a slightly different bag with a tuck in flap. Great for the office or days out. It comes in two sizes the larger being able to hold an A4 folder. This one can come as a shoulder bag for the smaller size and as a messenger style bag for the small and large sizes. It is finished off with a large button which is for decorative purposes only.

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Wee Morag

The Wee Morag is a quirky little evening bag with a quirky boxy shape, this can come on plain or mixed colours in tweeds, tartans or printed linens. This is a handbag and is meant to be be carried. A little bit of fun to carry about with you.

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The Funky Range

The Funky range of bags are based on all the styles of bags but each one is unique with panels of mixed stitched fabrics with wording machine embroidered on to the bag, this can be the name of the bag or it can be personalized when you commission a piece. This is a slightly more expensive range due to the amount of work in each one they are great fun and little piece if art to carry around with you. Just ask for details.

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Wee Brodie

The Wee Brodie is a real girly handbag for ladies perfect for a wedding or a dance taking you back in time to “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”. This can either have a magnetic closure or a lovely hand covered button you can order this one in tartans tweeds or linens.

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Ju-C Rucksacks

Ju-C Rucksacks complete the handbag collection. These beautiful wee backpacks are full of character and are great for days out being practical as well as stylish and fun. They have adjustable straps and a padded back panel for your comfort. They also have a small carry handle and lots of room for the essentials, leaving your hands free to enjoy your day out. They are made in Tweeds tartans and printed linens.

Notes

All bags are fully lined with one or two internal pockets one with a button and elastic closure. They are all finished off with large over-sized buttons or a large hand-covered button with a strong elastic closure and tiny button detail. All the bags have an internal structure that gives them shape and form but are soft enough to hold quite a lot of things, yet are great for travelling as they are not too heavy and can be packed flat in a case.

Commissions
I do accept commissions. You are welcome to visit my studio and choose the style and fabric for personalised bespoke pieces. This would be by appointment only.