Made In Virginia 2013: Angela Bacskocky Bags, Richmond

Angela Bacskocky Bags

Sarah Walor

Fashion designer Angela Bacskocky (that’s botch-kose-kee) has done print and textile work for Alexander McQueen, shown at New York Fashion Week and appeared on Lifetime’s Project Runway, but this VCUArts grad is maybe most at home in her dusty bohemian studio in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood.

“I’m the shoemaker and the elf,” laughs the 33-year-old who cuts each of her made-to-order bags from a single piece of cowhide and then stitches them herself. In colors like natural, tan, oxblood and mahogany, Bacskocky’s floppy tote and cocoon style bags are left unlined giving them a raw, but rustically luxurious feel. The cocoon bag, which expands to accommodate a larger load, features magnet closures that were recommended to her by a physicist friend for their strength. “These magnets ensure that nothing will come out of your bag,” she says. “Ever.”

“My next goal is to do an actual men’s bag,” says the designer whose clothing collections frequently incorporate leather details. “Most men don’t like the word unisex. They want something truly masculine. Right now, most of my pieces are rather feminine, but I studied menswear at Central Saint Martins [in London]. Menswear requires a lot of attention to detail and I finally have the time to devote to that right now.” $85-$185.

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Angela Bacskocky Bags, Richmond

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Edmund Davidson Knives, Goshen

Natural Woodworking CO., Floyd

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