Aby-a-Day – June 20: Strapping young cat (Fashion Friday)

Longtime readers of this blog know I have a fascination with well-made, high quality leather items.


Just look at Jacoby with his Arja’s Art harness and braided leather collar and leas from HiTide Creations!


I have a great leather bag from Fossil, and I love it to death. It’s not quite a messenger bag, but it’s not really a purse, and it fits my lifestyle perfectly…except for the strap, which was an adjustable leather strap with a nylon webbing back. The adjustment kept moving on me til the bag was hanging too low…and I hated the fabric backing.


But where do you go to get a really nice, well-made replacement strap that matches the bag perfectly when it’s an oddball colour like teal? I did some searching, and discovered the answer is Mautto Purse Straps and Handbag Accessories! They’re based in Northern California (my native land) and they do amazing work.


Their teal leather wasn’t strong enough to make a strap on its own, so Lynette suggested a backing of sturdier chestnut leather to match the trim on the bag. It turned out incredibly well. It feels amazing, and it’s probably stronger than the bag is. I’ll have this strap much longer than the bag, I think!


Here’s a close-up of the two leathers melded together by strong stitching.


The colours are an awesome match.


Since this is a blog about Abyssinians, not purses, here is Jake on my bag with it’s awesome new strap.


Abys are particularly tactile cats. I think Jake likes the feel of this leather.


Gratuitious grabby Aby hands.



Nobody better try to snatch this purse! Jake the guardcat is on the job!

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