The Return of RedFlag



Good things come to those who wait…

…and we’ve been oh so patiently awaiting the return of RedFlag.  We’re delighted to report that these essential totes are now back in stock at Tartooful.



Meticulously designed and crafted here in Vancouver, each piece is created with great care.  Their pure lines immediately please the eye… Over time one comes to appreciate the myriad details that conspire to create a great user experience.  From home to work to shops to boat or cottage and back home, these are hardworking partners in daily life.


Come enjoy these West Coast design classics while they last…




Tartooful News: RedFlag Sail Sale

Vancouver atelier RedFlag Design meticulously creates beautiful and useful objects for everyday life using alternative use materials.  Their bags and accessories that you will find at tartooful are made of repurposed sailcloth, with extraordinary details such as hand knotted pulls and waterproof zippers.

The former life of the materials gives each piece a unique feel, texture and appearance.  The pure aesthetic and functionality of Red Flag Designs are simply perfect.

Now, for a very limited time, their coveted designs are available at perfectly irresistible prices… A fresh array of stock has just arrived at unheard-of SALE prices.  However, they won’t last long, so please drop by soon for best selection.

See you in the village…


Redflag Design: The genius is in the details

I’m just back from another inspiring trip to RedFlag design’s Vancouver studio to stock up on all their beautiful new designs for Autumn 2011.  I always leave their space having refreshed my design palate, and with an inevitable urge to come back to the shop and tidy up.

Autumn 2011 at Redflag is all about “grey on grey on grey”.  It’s very Vancouver, with its subtle and moody shades of charcoal, misty grey, soft aqua and even the odd indigo.  The over dyed recycled sailcloth has a wonderful hand and texture, with lots of natural colour variation.  They’re so lovely that a glance is enough to fall in love… but as with all the RedFlag products, it’s on closer inspection and hard, day-today use that the real genius of the designs becomes clear.

For example,  Inside each tote you’ll find a suspended zippered pocket, just the right size to safely contain all your valuables.  The top of the bag can remain open and easily accessible without compromising the security of your essentials.  Looking about the bag you’ll notice a series of circles, stitched either to the inside or outside of the bag.  They’re pleasing to look at, and might be mistaken for a decorative element until one notices that they are all reinforcing  stress points.  The grommets, zippers and pulls are sturdy, well-made and selected to not only function properly, but enhance the appearance of each piece.  The straps are hand made sennett knots that feel satisfyingly firm in the hand, and stay snug on the shoulder while in use.

The same meticulous attention to detail is applied to all  RedFlag products large and small, from duffels to shave kits and even key hanks.

Once you finish admiring the gorgeous range of colours on the shave kits below…(meet my new evening bag.  Truly.) …you’ll notice waterproof zippers, hand knotted pulls, leather tabs for ease of entry, and a gusseted design that allows the bag to expand with the size of its contents and contract with smaller loads.   With so much love put into the details, it probably goes without saying that the main construction of each bag is impeccable, with only perfect sailcloth being incorporated and the seams and construction being unbelievably strong.

RedFlag Design Autumn 2011 collection, now at Tartooful.


(Header photo & Top Tote Photo:  Redflag Design)

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…