Whenever I am considering making a purchase on Etsy I always have a browse through the seller’s feedback – after all, this is the internet and it’s best to get a sense of whom you’re dealing with. If you read the comments left for New York designers LAYERxlayer, the word “impeccable” is mentioned more than a few times and, looking at the canvas totes and backpacks in their shop, it is easy to see why.

Founded by Patrick, an architect, and Leah, an industrial designer, their individual backgrounds shine through in their streamlined approach to craftsmanship, creating bags which are structured and functional without being solely utilitarian. You only need to look at the gorgeous photography that showcases their goods to see how committed they are to producing accessories that are aesthetically pleasing. Predominantly utilising durable, unbleached cotton canvas, each design is made to order and follows a concept of sustainability. Given the choice between the latest It bag and a gracefully crafted and bespoke tote, I know which one I would pick.

The beauties pictured are the Summer Tote, the Fall Backpack and the BLK Spring Tote.

April 28, 2010