Since its creation, the Damien Béal brand has been committed to promoting quality craftsmanship. We make it a point of honor to design sincere creations that will become life-long companions. We also like to meet talented artisans and let you discover their unique know-how.
In order to offer you authentic handcrafted creations, we thought it was important to rethink the pockets in some of our bags, such as the Le Porteur backpack or the La Ninetta handbag. Just like our bags, they had to tell a story. This is how our reflections led us to the coast of Scotland.
With these new pockets that will accompany many of our leather and wood bag models, we take you to the Outer Hebrides where the Isle of Harris is nestled. Beyond its sumptuous landscapes, the island steeped in history contains a treasure, the Harris Tweed.
Tweed is a fabric, made of natural fibers, woven from wool. The uniqueness of Harris Tweed lies in the pure new wool yarn that has been dyed, blended, carded, spun on this Scottish island for over a century and then woven by hand, in the traditional way, on mechanical looms, in the workshops of local artisans.
This heritage, proudly passed down from generation to generation in the island community, is protected by the Harris Tweed Authority, which guarantees the authenticity of the textile by overseeing its production. Only genuine Harris Tweed is marked with the historical symbol, the Orb.
Classic, authentic and timeless, just like our bags, Harris Tweed was an obvious choice. We also chose it for its technical and aesthetic qualities. There are thousands of patterns and color combinations of this legendary and unwearable wool fabric. For this series of pockets, made with care by Sandra, a local craftswoman, we opted for a herringbone fabric, in deep blue with small colored dots. The subtle mix of colors and the work of the weavers are particularly visible. The finishing of these pockets is impeccable and the materials used are of very high quality: linen lining and brass YKK zip.