Falconwright is the meeting of two very brilliant—not to mention stylish—minds. Sandi Falconer and Danielle Wright brought their talents (and last names) together to create fun, eye-catching leather bags that are thoughtfully made by hand (Sandi does the screen printing while Danielle takes care of the sewing). We chatted with the Toronto twosome about their original prints, favorite things (spoiler alert: roller coasters top the list) and a grab bag gift idea that sounds right up our alley.
You make everything together. How do you dream up patterns and choose colors?
Sandi: We’re highly influenced by the colors and textures of leather. I usually come up with a few pattern ideas (OK, more like a bunch) and then Danielle and I narrow down those choices to our favorites. We usually have a combination of fun, wild and simple stuff—this balance feels like a natural extension of our personalities.
So then how would you describe your personal style?
Sandi: We’re both suckers for button-down shirts, denim and big sweaters, with some patterns and pops of color thrown in for good measure.
Your designs are so graphic and linear. What’s your favorite pattern, and did you design it by hand?
Sandi: All of our patterns start out as drawings. We love bold, simple patterns that have a bit of a textural feel to them.
Along that line of questioning, what would you stand in an hour-long line for?
Sandi: I would definitely stand in a long line for a really great concert or a roller coaster!
What’s your favorite type of plot line for a book or movie?
Danielle: I’m a big sci-fi/horror fan, so throw some aliens or ghosts into the mix and you’ve got a story line that I’m into. One of my all-time favorite movies is John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s an ’80s movie starring Kurt Russell where a bunch of researchers are stranded in the Arctic with an alien. So creepy and so good!
And a line from a song or a poem that you can’t get out of your head?
Danielle: Our favorite line from a song is probably “sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet emoooooooooooooooootion,” because it is the best thing ever to sing at karaoke.
We love the just-right size of your leather clutch—what would you fill it with if you were giving it as a present this holiday?
Sandi: I would fill it up with candy, cool socks, some movie tickets, a bottle of fun nail polish and a Falconwright Mini Wallet, of course.