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Meet the Designer: AW by Andrea Wong

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Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, this Vancouver handbag designer sources materials from the road less traveled.

“It’s about wasting less and cherishing more.” This is AW by Andrea Wong’s design mantra. The Vancouver studio handcrafts accessories using both modern and old world sewing techniques with materials under the same categories. From reclaimed and vintage leather and textiles, to Swiss-made climbing ropes, every piece of the accessories line is unique. We caught up with the adorable designer to get a peek behind the scenes.

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Designer, Andrea Wong.

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"As the saying goes, "Measure twice and cut once." This is no joke!"

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MAKING BAGS? I started making bags a little while after quitting my corporate job as a fashion designer three years ago.

IS EVERYTHING MADE BY HAND? Yes! I have the blisters to prove it!

TELL US A TRADE SECRET. As the saying goes, “Measure twice and cut once.” This is no joke!

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DESIGN BUT HAVEN’T YET HAD THE CHANCE TO? I’ve always wanted to design larger more complex bags like a weekender duffle bag, or a hiking backpack.

THE DESIGNER: ANDREA WONG

  1. YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT: Rigid vintage denim jeans that are naturally washed down with some kind of oversized linen/cotton top, a big indigo scarf and flat ankle boots. I tend to wear as many layers as possible.
  2. ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Ivan, my grey and white tuxedo cat slash AW mascot and Jalapeno Kettle Chips.
  3. FAVORITE DESIGNER: There’s so many to choose from but here’s a few: Dries Van Noten, Hendrik Vibskov, Mona Kowalska, and Scandinavian brands like Hope and Wood Wood.
  4. SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS CARRY WITH YOU: My iPhone.
  5. STYLE ICON: Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American movie star.

THE BRAND: AW BY ANDREA WONG

  1. TOP 3 SELLING STYLES: Tote bags, change purses and backpacks.
  2. SOMETHING YOUR LINE IS KNOWN FOR: Bags?! An accessories line proudly from and inspired by Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest.
  3. WHAT’S PLAYING ON THE SPEAKERS IN YOUR STUDIO? An endless supply of story-centric podcasts.
  4. SOMETHING YOU’RE CONSTANTLY RE-STOCKING: One of the first AW bags I ever made: the Baguette Bag, a waxed canvas and leather lined tote bag.
  5. YOUR BRAND IN 3 WORDS: Functional reinvented classics.