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.
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.
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.”
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.