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Stitch and Tickle Messenger Bag made in Massachusetts
Stitch and Tickle Messenger Bag made in Massachusetts
Stitch and Tickle Messenger Bag in Gun Metal made in USA
made in America Messenger Bag by Stitch and Tickle
Messenger Bag in Gun Metal by Stitch and Tickle

Fanny Pack With Strap, Gun Metal

by Stitch and Tickle 


  • A classic, timeless messenger bag made of deliciously soft leather
  • Closes with a zipper hidden under the flap.
  • Inside pockets to keep things organized and easily reachable
  • Has a removable strap and two belt loops on the back to allow you to wear it on your belt when you need to be hands free
  • Can also be used as a clutch
  • Made in America


  • Handmade of deliciously soft leather sourced in California of Central and South American hide
  • Being a natural material, leather often presents minor marks and variations inherent to the hide. While mass produced or high end bags try to eliminate those imperfections, Stitch and Tickle sees them as part of the unique character of the material. 


  • Total dimension of bag is 7 1/4 in. w x 5 in. h x 1 3/4 gusset
  • Each bag is hand cut and sewn in a small studio in Boston, with a concern for quality, limited waste and sustainability
  • Because leather is a natural material, minor marks and variations might occur


  • In stock and available to ship now
  • Free shipping to USA addresses
  • Free gift wrap available 

Stitch and Tickle is a line of handmade leather bags and accessories designed by Sophie Truong.  All items are made one by one in her studio at the Boston Center for the Arts, in the city’s historic South End neighborhood. 

Born in France, Sophie studied International Business in Paris before moving to Boston in the early 90’s.  While working in the corporate and nonprofit world (her last job was with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 10 years as a Product Development Manager and Buyer), she started feeling the pull of a more creative field and she discovered art making in her early 30’s. Sophie used found textiles and unconventional sewing techniques in her artwork and it gradually became clear that fiber arts was her medium. 

A recurring theme in her work revolved around hyper-consumerism and the waste our society generates. So it seemed natural that, when investigating her own business, she would choose to do something ethically sound by making handmade items, locally. In 2011, while unable to find a bag that would fit her taste and needs, she started playing with leather and Stitch and Tickle was born! Truong’s process creating bags is the same as in her artwork: it is intuitive and tactile, so the leather she disovers always dictates what the final product will be.  Yet, all bags have the same qualities: they are simple, beautiful, functional and timeless.