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Explorer Messenger

by Catherine Aitken



An explorer bag that you really can take anywhere you want to go!

A Harris Tweed front is combined with a waxed cotton reverse on this explorer messenger bag. The interior of the bag is lined in a drill cotton and incorporates a double slot pocket. There are a further two pouch pockets on the back of the bag.

The strap is fully adjustable and comprised of antique brass fittings and black heavy cotton webbing, with a heavy duty zip.

As Harris Tweed was initially created with the rough and sometimes bleak terrain of the Scottish Highlands in mind, combined with the sought-after hardiness of waxed cotton, this bag will see you through all weathers and environments. We can’t imagine a better name for this trusty bag than the ‘explorer’.

Handmade in Scotland with Harris Tweed Authority authentication labels on all products incorporating Harris Tweed and waxed cotton courtesy of Halley Stevenson, Dundee.

Approximate Dimensions: 33cm wide and 30cm high


Brass, Canvas, Cotton, Harris Tweed, Wool


Red + Red, Blue + Blue, Grey + Black


Black, Blue, Grey, Red

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Also by Catherine Aitken

Catherine Aitken

Handbag designer

Bespoke bag virtuoso Catherine Aitken has a background in producing feature films and TV drama. The seeds of her second career were sown when she designed handbags to promote a film she was financing at the Cannes Film Festival. Sadly the film didn't fly but (happily for bag fans) the new line of business did, and in 2012 she gave up producing to concentrate on her own label.

Since then business has boomed. Catherine's designs retail in stores throughout the UK, Europe and the US and each season brings new additions to the collection. She has shown her work in London, New York and Los Angeles, and produced a collection for the National Galleries of Scotland to celebrate their Titian exhibition.

Unsurprisingly, her inspiration springs from the cinema screen. Think of the tailored designs by Edith Head (Hitchcock's legendary costume designer) and the classic wardrobe of Doris Day. Or the tweedy loveliness of Lauren Bacall in films like To Have And Have Not and Margaret Rutherford’s eccentric tailored combinations in Murder at the Gallop!

Whilst she occasionally dips her toe back into the producing world, Catherine’s in her element generating new designs and working closely with clients to create bespoke handbags and manbags that showcase the best of Scottish materials.

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