When we stopped into Otherwild last Friday, nothing really looked familiar aside from the YACHT Shangri-LA neon sign. Poking around, there was tons of cool stuff and one thing that–in addition to the sign–was familiar: the super cute little handmade leather bags that are ARC of LA.
ARC of LA are from Abigail Chapin (of music act The Chapin Sisters) and are these very simple and beautiful leather pouches. She started making them last Summer and they currently are selling around a few boutiques in LA and NYC, their appeal being very much a more raw and somewhat tribal version of the extremely popular (and beautiful!) Clare Vivier bags. The pieces are patterned with a set of diamonds, zig-zags, or diamonds, which she prints with hand-carved wood blocks onto these sewn-by-Chapin bags. They are a little imprecise and rugged but Chapin notes that she is totally flexible and can craft a bag specifically to your “exact desires.” That being said, the inconsistency and occasional imperfection of the prints are what make the bags so great: they are one of a kind and these raw patterns are a brilliant juxtaposition to their refined leather canvases.
The bags are also very, very affordable given what their quality and aesthetic appeal: a little printed wallet is $65, medium pouches are $125, larger pouches/clutches are $150, and totes are $340. You can grab ARC of LA bags through her store or stop into Otherwild in Hollywood to grab them.