Thursday, December 12, 2019

Handmade Canvas Bag You Should Have

Spectr News Theme Isny Dewi R.
18, March 2019

Hobby is often being the start point of business idea. This is exactly what happened to Presi Mandari, founder of the canvas bag label Sackai Bags. Stress with her works made Presi often use his spare time after work trying to make bags. Not without reason, the former journalist really likes canvas items, such as bags and shoes. Especially simple large bags but also functional.

The results of her creation then he brought to her office. Until finally many her friends also want to have that bag, and asked her to make it more. The first bag product that was made was a reversible tote, a simple back and forth fabric bag and less accessories. Unexpectedly many people love this bag. Presi began to develop his business and worked with his husband, Toto Prastowo to make more bags.

At present, Presi is in charge of quality control and product models design, while Toto acts as a graphic designer. Since the beginning of 2014 until now, Sackai Bags design has been inspired by fauna. Some animals illustration are applied such as whales, owls, dragonflies, cats, to rhinos.

These unique designs are inspired by their surrounding environment. In addition, many people also like these animal pictures. Until it became the key for Sackai Bags to attract customers. Although sometimes it makes a childish impression, many people, even though they are adults, still enjoy playing and love to nostalgic about their childhood.

Some of Sackai Bags' bag designs are also made with surrealist touch. For example a bag with a cat picture that seems to turn into a moon. Or a whale picture with Hokusai Great Wave illustration by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. In designing, Toto loves to explore with many elements, because many people love to use items that have connection with themselves.

Some bag types of Sackai Bags including rolltop backpacks, swing bags, cross-body tote bags, tote-backpacks, wallets and pouches. The manufacturing process takes different times, including how many products produced. However, every month they can issue up to around 200 products. To maintain exclusivity, Sackai Bags does not produce sold out. Instead, they will launch the same model with a new design.

Sackai Bags bag prices range from Rp 300.000 – Rp 700.000 with various color, both bright and basic colors. The result of various colors chosen are sometimes surprising and very unique as they are combined with animal picture. Sackai Bags does not have a regular target to launch the latest collection. Sometimes, they are reminded that the stock is running low.

Presi and Toto also felt helped by social media. Without having a store, they can sell their product, even to other countries. This couple's creation bag has been sent to United States and Canada. Sackai Bags offline store can be found at Grand Indonesia and Plaza Bali Duty Free at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.


Instagram: @sackaibags

Isny Dewi R.
Isny Dewi R.