In a small leather shop in the town of Lyubertsy, just
outside of Moscow, rock music plays in the background while a young woman hand sews
her newest creation. The handbag that she’s working on is unique, to say the
least. This one-of-a-kind piece isn’t typical of the run-of-the-mill, leather
handbag lines. The geometry is not symmetrical. No, it’s more than unique; it
is an edgy, cool, sexy, post-apocalyptic piece of leather art. Think Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner.
Welcome to the world of Redsun Handmade. Anna Gavrilova, a
former redhead, has made good use of her nickname. She’s also made good use of
an excellent eye for color and design to produce these hot creations, which
appeal to younger people that don’t want to carry their grandmother’s handbag.
Thirty-three-year-old Anna has always been attracted to leather.
She had done various types of needlework since childhood, as well as being able
to draw quite well. But, leather work had always intimidated her. Four years ago,
Anna needed a bag and she knew just what she wanted. She could not find it
“So I thought, why not sew it myself?” says Anna.
That was the beginning of her business. She began making
knitted Juke bags with leather inserts. Soon, Anna experimented with leather.
“Then the ‘skin’ fell in love with me, and now I work only with leather.”
Anna makes bags and backpacks primarily. She also produces
some wallets, cosmetic bags and covers. Each bag is made one time and not
repeated. The customer can rest easy knowing that the item is an original; there
is no other like it in the world. A broad color palette covers interesting distressed
textures and shapes of leather. The antiqued hardware adds interest; some bags
even have whimsical artwork, ranging from dragons to dream catchers, etched
into them. Each piece comes wrapped in an attractive Redsun canvas sheath,
which is a nice touch.
Anna works in cowhide, as well as goat, camel and buffalo.
She likes the leather to have a “vintage” look.
“In my products I always try to preserve the natural edge of
the skin, its unique natural pattern and scars, scratches received by animals
Anna looks for the correct weight, thickness, density and also
beautiful patterns, when she picks her leather.
“Often I take non-colored skin; I paint it myself, add the effect of antiquity, and process it.”
Although Anna does almost everything by herself, her family –
husband, Sergey and son, Nikita – gives her some great support. Nikita is six
years old and already sews a little. Her husband helps her whenever possible; he
likes to make leather belts. Other moral support at home is provided by
their two cats and fish.
Anna is interested in learning how to make shoes and clothes.
For the time being though, all of her time is spent on her purses and bags.
Because Lyubertsy is located near Moscow, it is a convenient
city to have a business in and to ship products around the world from. If Anna
can’t find what she needs in Moscow, then she purchases tools and material over
the internet. Most of her leather tools have been purchased from China.
In the future, Anna plans to grow her brand, produce in a
larger workshop and have a team of like-minded people. She would like to make
Redsun Handmade a well-known brand around the world.
“This is not just business for me, but creativity. I believe
that such products have their own uniqueness and their own soul.”
With Anna’s creativity and uniqueness, it’s a good bet that
we’ll be hearing a lot more about Redsun Handmade.
customers can find Anna’s products on Instagram: @redsun_handmade. She is also
on the Russian site, Fair Masters. In the near future she plans to
register on the international trading platform, Etsy. Anna’s email is email@example.com .
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