About

 
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I'm working the slow bag movement. Materials are cut with a pair of scissors, everything is sewn on an old industrial machine, and copper rivets are hammered by hand. I make the things I want to use - things that will last. From design to production - this is a one woman show.

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Bag obsessives can appreciate all the thought and work that Morgan Abbott puts into her MoMurray bags, dopps, and weekenders.  Abbott uses waxed canvas – attractive, sturdy, waterproof, impervious.  She prefers a light shade for the inside so items don’t get so lost.  The totes hold their shape, convenient for market shopping.  Zippers are durable metal, and bags come with a variety of pockets, sometimes with cross-body straps.  At 5 feet-1-inch tall, Abbott wanted to be able to hold them by their handles without their touching the ground while still being able to slip them on the shoulder.

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Abbott’s mother and grandmother sewed, but she didn’t growing up near Woodland or as an adult, until she needed pillows and made them.  When her wallet broke, she stitched up a simple one from mattress ticking – another favorite material – and created wallets for friends.  Eventually she graduated to bags and began manufacturing in 2013.  She devotes most of her time to MoMurray but has a part-time job, and her wife Elizabeth “Ella” Taylor, works in finance. 

 “I make the things I want to use,” Abbott said.  “Things that will last.”

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Abbott’s grandmother sometimes calls her Mo, short for Morgan, and Murray is Abbott’s cat.  The cat is named for Bill Murray, whose visage is planted on her arm in a tattoo – not too far from a tattoo of Elizabeth Taylor.