Food & Drink

Exclusive: Feral, New Leather Goods Company, Makes Luxury Bags for the Modern Woman

The Seattle-based company draws design inspiration from ‘90s-era fashion while designing for the 21st century customer

By Andrew Hoge November 16, 2018

F-E-R-A-L-Collection

The return of ‘90s style feels particularly in fashion here in the Pacific Northwest, home of the  grunge craze, Singles and where minimalist fashion has long been commonplace. The comeback look can be seen everywhere in the city, from our obsession with the dad shoe (which street style star Nick Wooster recently called out in a recent Seattle magazine interview), to the pieces made by a new set of contemporary designers standing out for incorporating these elements, along with PNW-esque sensibilities such as sustainability, into their creations.

Shannon Fisher is one such designer. After working for popular brands including Max Azria, Herve Leger and Nordstrom private label, Fisher launched Feral, a leather goods company, this past April. Based in Edmonds, her first collection features six scrumptious bag designs that are inspired by the minimalism favored in the ‘90s but created with useful architectural design details. The brand also leans towards sustainability: Fisher’s pieces are designed in Seattle, made in Los Angeles and feature components (such as labels, stickers and hardware) made in the United States (giving it a lower carbon footprint), and feature a lining made from organic cotton and RPET (recycled plastic).

“Many U.S. companies were intimidated by the level of quality we wanted to execute, as this type of fine finishing is mostly found in Europe or overseas,” says Fisher, who spent extra time sourcing domestic partners who could execute her vision.

The material Fisher outsources is the leather itself, 100% Napa Calf Leather from Italy, a country famous for its fine grain hide. Each bag is made in limited quantities.

The needs of the busy—yet practical—modern woman also drives Feral’s design inspiration. “How many women own a designer bag that can’t go out in the rain?” Fisher says. “I don’t like to dig for my keys, and I don’t want to switch my bag every time I have a new occasion, so I designed sleek, highly functional and versatile pieces built to stand up to everyday adventures.”

Her pieces can also be worn two or more ways. “The phone sling transforms from belt bag to crossbody to necklace bag,” she explains.

Fisher also offers another ‘90s staple: beaded handbags, handmade to order by Fisher herself, just the type of exclusive offering fictional ‘90s “it” girl Carrie Bradshaw would spring for. So while may never get a Destiny’s Child reunion, devotees of the decade whose style was defined by Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker can relive it in vogue, with sustainability to boot.

Feral bags are sold online at feralferal.com and at Clementines in Pioneer Square, 310 Occidental Ave S.; clementines.com

Follow Us

Costco Hikes Membership Fees

Costco Hikes Membership Fees

The company last raised the price in 2017

I love shopping at Costco. Sure, our household doesn’t always need 18 tubes of toothpaste at once, but that’s a small price to pay for the savings. Even just one purchase — a computer, for instance — can recoup a basic membership fee. Rumors have been swirling for years that the company would raise its…

16 Local Gifts for a Seattle Mother's Day

16 Local Gifts for a Seattle Mother’s Day

A funny candle, a meaningful necklace, and the best sundae in town

Let's talk about Mother's Day. It's a holiday that can feel a tad complex. Maybe you're planning to spoil your mom with a spa day, or maybe you're finding ways to honor her memory or handle some tricky emotions. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we’ve rounded up some fun and local gift ideas.

15 Valentine’s Day Gifts

15 Valentine’s Day Gifts

Fleece slippers, chocolate figs, and The Book of Love

Who doesn’t want to celebrate love and make someone (anyone!) feel special? So, whether you’re all in or not so much, if you’re looking for gift ideas, here are a few to consider...

The Best Gifts for Travel Lovers 

The Best Gifts for Travel Lovers 

Tinsel, eggnog, mistletoe, and luggage

Travel lovers are the easiest people to buy for. Wrap a gift in old maps and they’ll spend hours deciphering the roadways and important coordinates. Put something inside the wrapping that will satiate their wanderlust, or encourage it, and you might be their next invitee to Paris.