Çuval| chu· val | : sack
Meaning “sack” in Turkish, the first cultural appliance that mankind ever created to carry was the inspiration behind the name when we first started making bags in 2010.
Established in 2012 by Ayşe Özgüneş, Çuval is the first sustainable accessory brand in Turkey that uses vegetable tanned leather ever since while supporting local craftmanship and providing refined products.
Shaped around sometimes minimal yet simple designs, the color and material combinations create an inspirational visual harmony that makes a lifestyle statement.
Using Turkish materials that are sourced ethically, handpicked by Ayşe and skillfully hand crafted by local Turkish craftsmen, Çuval’s ethical consumer philosophy is based on quality workmanship and materials. Each collection is limited edition as they are made in small batches and sometimes discontinued. New designs are either added each season or updated in different materials and colour ways. Each product carries its own uniqueness and traditional artisan processes.
Çuval’s latest collection "Neu Land", is all about discovering a new land through nubuck meaning “new+buck (skin)” and natural vegetable tanned leather. Shaped around clean and raw cuts of leather to amplify old school high quality craftsmanship, native forms like sack, embraces vintage colors, traditional methods and modern looks with a contemporary feel.
WHERE YOU CAN FILL IN YOUR THOUGHTS, YOUR EMOTIONS, YOUR DEVOTIONS, YOUR VICES
MEET : AYSE | eye . sheh|
Born in Istanbul and a graduate of Design and Merchandising from Drexel University, Philadelphia, I moved back to my hometown Istanbul searching for a way to gain personal hands on experience and develop a professional expertise. I discovered a world of artisans that meets my inner driving force. We became so close with my suppliers and craftsman that we are the family members of Çuval. I love working with them while chatting about mundane topics and sipping my Turkish tea they offer me. Other than my local motivation, artistic scenes of Philadelphia and Brooklyn NY has always been my inspirations and still motivates me to share my creations with the world.
“My goal is to create timeless, elegant and playful accessories that would keep good company in life and last for next generations.
I work with a small workshop owned by two brothers and I like to reuse and upcycle leather scraps left out from my productions.
Being fair, being real and inspire others is my philosophy.”