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Swoon-Worthy Leather Bags – Bags by Gscout

scout hobo bag  bags by gscout Inspiration for new blog posts come from everywhere… meeting new people, shopping through our local boutiques, or in the case of this post, simply scrolling through Facebook. I have no idea how these pictures originally appeared on my feed (through the magic of Facebook!) but when I saw these stunning, handmade leather bags, I just had to investigate further!

Gillian Adamo of Bags by Gscout shares her story of how she learned about leather work, taught herself how to make bags, and then combined her lifelong skills as a healer to create custom bags, along with her daughter and partner Cheyenne, with just a bit of something special…. 

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One of the original bags, twenty years old!

“Twenty five years ago I was traveling in Nepal, a girl walking down the dusty streets of Kathmandu caught my eye. She looked like a wild gypsy girl and she had this amazing braided leather necklace on. I asked her about it and she said she made it and that she sold them. I asked her if I could buy one from her and she said “No, I’ll teach you how to make it”!!

“She invited myself and my boyfriend to come and stay with her in her home on a lake in a town at the base of the Himalayas. Over a period of 3 weeks, she taught me numerous techniques in leather braid work.

“After returning home to Canada I got the idea to make leather bags. I created designs in my mind for bags and stitched them into form with the stitches I had been taught in Nepal. My craft was born. I created leather bags in Canada for the following 3 years. Then I moved to Maui to raise my daughter. I put my bags to the side and 20 years later my daughter asked me to make her a bag. I did, I posted a picture of it and I got 5 requests for bags… Gscout  begins!!!

“This has been a full time job for me, alongside the healing work that I have been doing throughout my life. They go hand in hand as the healing energy I work with also goes in to every one of these bags. I like to say that people ‘carry a feeling’ with them when they carry our bags. Its the feeling I generate through my healing work.

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Solid silver hand pounded ring on strap

“Each bag is handmade with no electricity or machines, using genuine Italian & Spanish leathers and deer skin from Alaska. My daughter, Cheyenne Jagger, works along side me. Before we joined forces, she acquired a knack for goldsmith skills and became a jeweler of fine metals and stones. In our Gscout Bags, Cheyenne creates solid silver hand-pounded rings for our strap attachments, adding one more level of refinement to these creations. Many of the Gscout bags are made to order so as our clients may have a bag perfectly fit to the individuals tastes and needs.

The custom bag for Christine McVie

“Mick Fleetwood’s girlfriend commissioned a bag for him, and she gave me a few little trinket treasures of his that I attached to the pouch. She also gave me a cool skeleton key that had special significance between the two of them and I added that to the inside pocket of her bag.  A year later, Mick commissioned a bag as a gift for Christine McVie —> (Christine’s clutch got cool sexy lines to match her cool rock and roll persona), then the next year he bought his girlfriend one of my bags. I made Krishna Das a bag, and I added a vintage Indian coin since India is so deeply in his heart. I’m making something for Gretchen Rhodes, who sings with Kenny Chesney. Gretchen’s bag is going to be earthy and sexy and solid just like her.”

Want to get your hands on your own Gscout? 

Check them out in person at Holiday and Co in Makawao, or view and purchase online at (and don’t forget about the custom options!)  And make sure you follow them on Facebook – Bags by GScout and Instagram- g scout bags .

Mahalo to Gillian for sharing her awesome story and her gorgeous bags!  Now I just need to come up with an excuse to get my own custom Gscout…


It’s in the Bag – Made on Maui Bags

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Bag (AKA purse, clutch, tote, messenger, hobo, carryall, satchel…)

For as many names as there are for the bag, there are even more styles.

If you are looking for the perfect bag, check out these options – all made on Maui!

Maui Monkey Business:

Custom Fabric Bag Made on Maui

Customize your own bag with Maui Monkey Business!

“A simple shoulder bag handcrafted in a traditional design from an era when time was measured by the sun’s journey through the sky. Sling it on and gather what you will!  100% cotton canvas hand dyed, hand printed and hand sewn on Maui! The best part – you can design your own!  Pick from two sizes- regular or long, then choose your fabric color, pattern and the ink color.  (example bag is turquoise fabric, turtle design, blue ink) You can also design your own t-shirts, pot holders and table linens!”


SEE IT ON MAUI: Maui Hands

Sailbags Maui:

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Recycled Kite Surf Sails make up these clutches and bags in all sizes!

“Sailbags Maui grew from the awareness that many of the colorful kite surf sails dotting Maui’s famous Northshore ultimately end up in our islands’ finite landfills. At Sailbags Maui, we wish to give all worn, outdated and unusable kite sails the chance to “sail on” to a second life. Our dedication to travel lightly and live uniquely is reflected in each of our light, playful and one of kind Sailbags.”


SEE IT ON MAUI: Click here for list of stockists

Wicked Ono

Da Kine Tote Bag - Coffee Burlap Bag

Da Kine Tote Bag

“Living on this wonderful island in the middle of the ocean you quickly embrace a lifestyle of recycling and reuse.  The beautiful graphics of each coffee farm along with the farms history inspired me to up-cycle these coffee bean bags! Each burlap bag is unique and very strong, making them the perfect choice for hand-crafting totes, messenger bags and purses. As well as reusing the coffee bean bags, the lining, straps and hardware are all reclaimed materials found in non-profit thrift stores that support the Maui community.”

CHECK IT OUT ONLINE: Click here to view more bags (contact directly to order) 

SEE IT ON MAUI: ZForrest Gallery in Makawao


Treehouse Made on Maui Bag clutch

Clutch by Treehouse

CHECK IT OUT ONLINE: Treehouse Designs

SEE IT ON MAUI: Moonbow Tropics, Paia


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Blockprint Clutches by Palapala Designs

Limited edition blockprinted totes, clutches and the new crossbody hele bag.

CHECK IT OUT ONLINE: Palapala Designs  or see more about Palapala Designs on this blog

SEE IT AROUND THE STATE: Click here to see Stockists

Tropical Spaces

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Tropical Spaces Hobo Bag by Tracy Lamon

“Introducing the Haiku Hobo bag hand made by Tracy Lamon in her Tropicalspaces studio on Maui. This bag is sized to hold all your daily essentials and is created using a combination of new and eco friendly repurposed designer upholstery remnants.”


SEE IT ON MAUI: More styles currently on exhibit at Maui Crafts Guild in Paia

True Story Company

“Hand made on Maui, this small pouch is made from heavy cotton canvas with a digital print of the our infamous winter surf with the beautiful West Maui mountains in the background and on the bottom are the words “LIVE SURF LOVE”. You can use this pouch as a home for all your bits and pieces – pencils, books, make-up, sea shells…..whatever!”


Box Eleven

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Cross Body Bag

Thrifted and Vintage Fabrics become really cool bags…

CHECK IT OUT ONLINE: Box Eleven or see more about Box Eleven on this blog

SEE IT ON MAUI: A List of Box Eleven Stockists (scroll to bottom)


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Surfer Girl Bag by Pascaline

“A French Artist in Maui, windsurfer, traveler, sailor, inspired by the oceans, wind, waves and the color of nature.  Original designs, signed – Fine selection of leather and skin – Quality Canvas and Hardware – Waterproof and Scratchproof paint – Created and designed in Hawaii with Love and Aloha”


SEE IT ON MAUI: Turnbull Gallery (in the beach room in the back!)

Wanna Pin It?

Here they are – all together!

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Wicked Ono – Upcycled Bags

Wicked Ono Handmade Bag Made on Maui hawaii

Wicked: New England slang for ‘really’, ‘very’
Ono: Hawaiian for ‘delicious’

Put them together and what do you get?    Wicked Ono  – Really cool upcycled bags, handmade here on Maui by Andrea Jacobs.

Andrea picked up her first bag from a coffee shop on Maui and made a messenger bag from it. After so many requests for the bag she knew she was on to something. Wicked Ono bags are available in a wide variety of sizes from clutches to large totes, each a one-of-a-kind design, made with burlap coffee bags and thrifted fabrics and hardware.

Maui Made: Tell me a bit more about your Wicked Ono bags – 
Andrea Jacobs : I fell in love with coffee bean bags…the texture of the burlap, the graphics and the history of the Hawaii coffee farms.  I found a coffee roaster up country that supplies the bags. The owner has a great eye and pulls the best ones for me. The straps, hardware and when possible fabric for the bag’s lining come from thrift stores.

MM: What are your favorite thrift shops on Maui?
AJ: I think all the thrift stores on the island are wonderful, and any thing that helps others and is less in our landfill, is a win win. The turn over of goods in the thrift stores here is amazing.. you never know what you will find. I like thrift stores that benefit the island community. Salvation Army and Goodwill are my frequent shops. I use all that I can from the used bags, straps, handles, zippers and Velcro.

MM: What’s your most popular style of bag?
AJ: The most popular bags are the DaKine Tote and the Small Messenger. I do make “Special Edition” bags. Those come about as an inspiration using an unique coffee bean bag and interesting hardware I have found.  For the most part each bag is an one of a kind, each have their own personality.

MM: How long have you been sewing?
AJ: I have been sewing my whole life, my dad came home with a machine when I was 12. I am pretty self taught with the guidance along the way by some talented seamstresses.

MM: Where can people find your bags?
AJ: I have some bags up in Makawao at Zforrest (next to Makawao Steak House) and I’m currently redesigning my online shop, so people can contact me directly through my website to see what’s available and place an order. I do made to order also.  (Click here to view the lookbook)

MM: Do you ever go to the craft fairs?
Wicked Ono has done local craft fairs and is on break from the Maui Swap Meet.

MM: You are from Boston, how did you get out to Maui? Do you ever miss the East Coast?
AJ: My husband, Allen and I vacationed her for many years and as most people fell in love with the island. We fantasized about living here….we were growing tired of the hustle and bustle of city life and made the jump. We settled in very easy, embracing the aloha life style. Allen returns to Boston a few times a year for business but I have not. I stay connected via internet with friends and family, but no longing to head back for a visit.

Three Da Kine Totes

Mahalo to Andrea for showing us her beautiful creations!  

Which Wicked Ono bag would YOU tote around?  

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