Tweed Bags Inspired by the Movies – Catherine Aitken Chic

7 Jun

Inspired by classic movies and their stars these tweed bags are a modern tweedy nod to legends of cinema. Catherine Aitken is a Scottish  handbag designer based in Leith, Edinburgh. Working from her studio in Coburg House, she creates contemporary bags using traditional Scottish fabrics and locally sourced materials.  Heavily influenced by Catherine Hepburn’s masculine feminine style her bags reflect this inspiration by combining heavier tweeds  with lighter silks and lace trims to create a contrasting textual charm.

“My inspiration comes from Classic films and Hollywood actresses. (Catherine’s background is in film production)  The Hepburn bags are inspired by Katharine Hepburn and her masculine/feminine style, the Rutherford – by Miss tweedie herself Margaret Rutherford, also Maggie Smith in the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.  The Tippi handbag – not currently on the website –  is inspired by Tippi Hedren in the Birds. I am in the process of creating a black white dogtooth handbag for the AW collection that’s inspired by Lauren Bacall’s outfit in “To Have and Have Not”. The men’s bags and accessories were originally inspired by films such as Rob Roy, Mad Max and I Am Legend, films all with a strong male lead  – then it’s all mixed up with the Brigadoon notion of Scotland. I like to use locally sourced cloths and products as much as possible in the Studio, this ranges from local wild deerskin, waxed cottons from Dundee and of course, genuine Harris Tweed.” Catherine Aitken talks to TweedVixen about her AW 2012 Collection

Her bags were voted by She Magazine UK as “the last word in Highland Chic”.

See her bags at

This video shows how she recycles old tweed jackets into fab man bags, which I love!

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