Bagabond came about one very flat wet afternoon when there was no surf to be had anywhere and I had a new board I was desperate to try out. I have three dogs so was worried that with them charging around the house and the board not being in a bag or anything it would get knocked about and damaged so I set about trying to find a bag or sock for it but everything I found either did not fit well or was just plain boring. It dawned on me that we spend so much time considering the design of our boards to get something fun and exciting but then they get hidden in some plain grey bag or striped sock. It didn’t make much sense! I then happened to come across a load of fantastic vintage upholstery fabric in Paraphernalia in Newquay and the idea came to me that I could make my own sock. It would fit my board, it would be thicker than regular socks but it would also look cool. The first Bagabond sock was born.
I really enjoy the design process; I could spend hours sitting with all the fabric just coming up with weird and wonderful combinations. I try to mix it up a bit so I have some fun and funky girls bags, some neutral ones that could be for boys or girls and some really earthy tones that the guys like. I try to do something for everyone!
I currently make all the socks at my house; the dining room has become the sewing room but we have just in the process of building a workshop in the garden for me to have my own space to work in. In the next few weeks it should be ready for me to move into which will be exciting, especially given I have so many new ideas I want to try and I desperately need the space to try them.
I hand make each and every sock and they are all made by me. All the bags are fully lined with padded noses so they not only look good and environmentally friendly, they are also functional. Each sock takes at least 2-3 hours to make because of making the lining, piecing together the external pattern and then stitching the whole thing together. There’s a lot of work involved in making the socks which is why they do cost more than a standard shop bought sock but it’s not just a sock you are buying, it’s individuality.
There’s four sizes available on the SurfGirl Beach Boutique from shortboard to longboard bags, so give your board some special love and check them out!