Summer evolves into fall, and with the transition of the seasons means three things: a new outfit, new pair of shoes, and a new bag. The Mean Tambourine is your answer to the latter.
Erin McRoberts, the vision behind The Mean Tambourine, has pretty much had handbag designing and constructing in her since the get-go. She was just knee high to a grasshopper when she sold her mom one of her first creations, and made the profit of a “few quarters and a PB&J.” Her “adult” designs came about after a coworker was kind enough to give her some leather, and her need to create the “perfect classic leather bag” was put into motion. So she made herself a bag that was simple, but unique, practical and modern, too. Feedback from her one bag was great, so the demands starting pouring in and McRoberts started “breeding bags.”
McRoberts’ bags are a beautiful combination of leather and metal, with a black and white striped cotton interior that has become her signature detail. All bags are made to order and vary in size, color and price ($48 – $215), and come with its very own handmade muslin dust bag with drawstring closure. It’s just a matter of time before The Mean Tambourine knock-offs are lining Canal Street in Chinatown, so we suggest you get yourself a bag now – you can buy them here.
When not making handbags, you can find Erin McRoberts rolling around on a bed covered in hundred-dollar bills, antiquing, listening to M83, Explosions in the Sky, Dolly Parton, and swooning over the smell of cheap plastic pool rafts; yeah, she’s just as unique as her bags.
By: Amanda Chatel