Sale Day at Tartooful!

Hurray! It’s SALE day at Tartooful… and we’re pulling out all the stops.

Janna from Astrosatchel is joining us in the shop from 2pm til 8pm, and bringing her tickle trunk of fabulous Astrosatchel creations with her. For today only, Tartoofulers will enjoy a huge selection of her legendary bags, wallets, totes and more. Even better, all Astrosatchel will be specially priced at 15% off!

We’re so excited we decided to keep going and mark down practically everything in stock… Join us today for a Surprise SALE! You know how rare these are, so don’t miss out. If you can’t make it in for a visit person give us a call. (but then you’ll miss out on the champers and goodies…)

See you there!


Astrosatchel Trunk Show

We’re so excited to host our very first Astrosatchel Trunk show at Tartooful…

It’s coming up fast:  Next Tuesday, the 21st of June, from 2 til 8 at the shop…

Janna, the brilliant designer behind all the amazing bags will bring some of her fresh Spring designs with her, including the brand-new hit “Sadie” bag!  So cute, so functional – very Astrosatchel.

The medium tote was the first Astrosatchel design that I fell for… I bought my first one from a little shop in Tofino, long before Tartooful was open, when my eldest son was just a baby.  I’ve used it for everything:  diaper bag,  daily purse, travel carry-on… I’ve even skied wearing it… and it’s still in such beautiful condition that when I bring it to the shop people try to buy it off the back of my chair.  I love the adjustable strap that allows me to wear it however I choose, the sturdy, forgiving velcro closure, the roomy interior, and the handy slash pocket on the outside, perfect for my keys and phone.  The medium tote is simply a classic.

However, there’s so much more to Astrosatchel than just that one design… she also makes the downtown tote, the Friday bag, the sadie bag, wallets, d-ring clutches, and lipstick cases – all beautifully designed to be satisfyingly functional, vegan, and all in her signature style, a fusion of mod scandi and west coast Canadiana.

Be sure to join us next Tuesday for this very special, one-day event…


RedFlag Design “Embraces the Grey”

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Vancouver’s talented and ultra chic Red Flag Design has unveiled their Spring collection of totes, wallets and duffels featuring overdyed sailcloth in subtle tones of grey.

The material hints at its first life, as the dye shows fascinating variations in tone, varying from charcoal, to taupe and even in to purple and aqua.  At Tartooful we love the wallets that feature “tattoo” images of octopus or whales – the large version makes a perfectly chic evening clutch.

Each piece is designed and made with RedFlag’s trademark uncompromising care and precision, so you can expect outstanding performance and impressive longevity from each bag.

We have a wonderful array of RedFlag at Tartooful right now, so come visit & see it for yourself…


Remember Mom…

Trollbeads is always a tartooful choice

This weekend is Mother’s Day… We know how hard it can be to find something beautiful and meaningful for Mom, but at tartooful that’s our specialty.  Here’s a few of our favorite suggestions:

Lovefresh body goodies are pure luxury.  Made with organic ingredients and free of undesirables such as parabens, petroleum products and artitificial preservatives, these natural treats are as good for you as they feel.  Choose from lotions, wash or our personal favorite, sugar scrub, in scents such as Lemon Verbena, Pomegranate, Pear, Lavender and Pink Grapefruit…

The “Be” series of sterling  jewellery is striking a chord with tartooful customers… These simple necklaces, rings and bangles each bear a tiny word to remind the wearer of their core values… The perfect gift for a Mom who teaches and lives those values every day.

We’re delighted to have a huge selection of RedFlag design’s amazing bags in stock, just in time for Mom’s day!  These totes, duffels, wallets and handbags are as hardworking as they are beautiful.  RedFlag’s new collection features overdyed sailcloth in subtle grey tones, from a deep charcoal-raisin to the softest of greyed blues.  All the bags feature their trademark detailing, such as knotwork straps and industrial grommets.  These are the pieces that will be used every day this summer…

“Bird Stories Again” by Anne Griffiths 36″x36″

Original art is always a memorable and thoughtful gift… perhaps just the right thing to honour a Mother on a special occasion – the birth of a new baby, the graduation of the first child, or the year that the children leave the nest?  We are delighted to represent a number of talented, local artists and can help you to select the perfect peice.

Sometimes a tiny gesture can be just right:  Phoenix Botanicals creates organic herbal balms with botanicals they gather themselves.  Every detail is considered, from their subtle fragrances such “Little Wing”, (vanilla, vervain, magnolia & ylang ylang) to their highly functional and biodegradable tubes.  Very tartooful….

This just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Trollbeads… This brilliant line of Danish jewellery is justifiably beloved by many tartoofulers, and a beautiful new bead is a perfectly thoughtful way to celebrate Mothers Day…

There are so many other brilliant ideas in the shop at the moment, I can’t possibly list them all here… please stop by for a personal visit this week and let us help you to find the perfect thing for the Mother in your life…


Avoca of Ireland Goodies now in stock

A boxful of gorgeous treats from Ireland just arrived at Tartooful!

We now have Avoca’s candles and old fashioned soaps, made with botanicals from Avoca’s own gardens which have been organic for more than 20 years… The candles nestle in glasses with their signature colours and patterns, while the soaps come wrapped in pretty papers, ready for gifting.

Of course, Avoca is known for their textiles, so we have soft, warm scarves and blankets for snuggling.  Their lightweight, “Bonheur” scarf is finely striped in greys, pinks or greens and perfect for year-round use in cool Vancouver.  The “Circus” throw is traditional Irish wool quality, but with an unexpected riot of brilliant, modern colour… It’s just the thing to warm and brighten our rooms on a dull and rainy west coast day.

The window is glowing with Avoca’s lovely wares, take a walk past and see…


Avoca of Ireland

Meet Avoca…designed and crafted with care by a family owned Irish company that has been creating extraordinary textiles for more than 300 years, these lovely pieces are heirlooms in the making.

A big shipment of bright, beautiful scarves, socks, and blankets is making its way to Tartooful, and we can’t wait to unpack it all!  We’re also bringing back more of their amazing soap, scented with essences derived from Avoca’s own organic gardens.  (Last time we had this soap in stock, it disappeared almost immediately, so check into the shop and make sure you don’t miss out…)

Avoca’s designs show the care that go into their creation, and feature whimsical details such as tiny, nearly hidden bows, or little messages embroidered into their labelling: (“weaving a hug”)… Their colour palette of reds, emerald greens, corals, pinks, turquoise and soft blues is joyful and gives just the lift that we need on a dark and rainy west coast winter day.


New Astrosatchel now in stock

Get Ready to Get Cosy

A big beautiful shipment of Astrosatchel’s legendary cashmere has just arrived at Tartooful.  Astrosatchel is a local, Vancouver company which is owned by artist, Janna Hurzig.  She applies her trained eye when designing her bags and accessories, resulting in truly unique, unexpected and absolutely gorgeous colour combinations.  Her bags feature bright tones and whimsical designs that hint at her Scandanavian heritage, and are so perfectly functional that they are a pleasure to use.  The cashmere collection that she creates for each Autumn season is eagerly anticipated by Tartoofulers in the know, and this series is her best ever.  I just love the corals, reds, pinks, khakis and lavenders that glow in these pieces… Each Fall Janna creates scarves and arm warmers that are crafted from recycled cashmere sweaters.  No two are alike, and each one is beautifully soft, luxurious and the perfect way to keep Vancouver’s damp winter at bay.  Janna can only make a limited number of these treats each year, so shop early to avoid disappointment…