Okay, so I confess, the rumors are true. I tried to eat my Tucker Tweed bag. Twice. Alright, maybe it was three times. I could not help it!! Let me explain. I knew it was leather, and I mean the quality kind of leather. Imagine the rich smells that infiltrate your nostrils when you are slipping on your brand new show bridle. You know… the show bridle that your person second-mortgaged her stall for. Now combine that sensory overload with the sight of creamy, smooth, buttery chocolate. I admit I was confused.
Tucker Tweed Equestrian ("TTE") was created by Jill Tweedy of Mooresville, NC, for the simple yet ingenius reason that no other line of fine leather handbags told the world "horses are my passion". For a sport and industry that arguably uses and appreciates leather products more than any other, this was an ironic truth. TTE wanted to take it one step further and develop product lines that had the option of being discipline specific, something that would be personal and relatable to the avid equestrian competitor, but also appreciated by the casual horse enthusiast or fashionista. Each handbag or leather accessory contains a large embossed option that represents the disciplines of Hunter/Jumpers, Dressage or Fox Hunting. The TTE logo is also an option in each of the product styles.
Tucker, Jill's horse and partial inspiration for the TTE brand name (for the slow-poke pony readers, Tucker + Jill Tweedy = Tucker Tweed), recently invited me over to his warehouse to have a private viewing of the different lines. I am pretty sure it was an excuse to get me on a date, but you can't blame a guy for trying, right? The warehouse was full of all of the various styles and colors of the handbags and accessories. I almost went on a full-blown rampage trying to eat all the "chocolate", but was able to contain myself because my assistant, Andrea, was carrying a camera. No one needs pictures of themselves stuffing their face showing up in US Weekly Magazine, if you know what I mean.
Tucker first showed me the Camden Crossbody in the Fox Hunting motif as pictured below. The Camden Crossbody style is not only on trend, but it is entirely functional for those of us on the go. I love having my handbag on display at my hip, where it also provides easy access to my AmEx and gives me the ability to use all 4 of my hooves for other things, like bucking or herding Paris. The shoulder strap is adjustable, so you can tuck it away and carry the bag under your arm, or use the bag as a clutch during "Fillies' night out". I particularly love the two-toned black and chestnut colored leather, but there are 6 other color options to choose from (as well as the different embossing options). Tucker paired this handbag with a TTE logo wallet. Fun Crossbody facts: hardware includes an Egg Butt Snaffle bit in silver and magnetic flap for easy closure!
Next we looked at the Tweed Manor Tote in the Ivory/Black color option. You can see the Dressage embossing below. I have never quite understood why those horses work so hard getting from point A to point B…watching them makes me want to just lay down in the sand! The bag has wide straps which makes it comfortable for your shoulder when you are having a long day of shopping. The shape and size of the bag also fits everyone, no matter your size, and the shoulder strap is adjustable for your height. The bag interior is spacious, with a hidden, zippered compartment, as well as separate areas for your cellphone and other personal gadgets. The Tweed Manor Tote also has a magnetic closure and has silver feet so that you can put it down at the shows and not have to worry about ruining the leather. This bag comes in 8 color options. In the picture below it is paired with a fabulous red TTE logo wallet.
My hooves-down favorite bag was the Lexington in Chestnut/Black with the Hunter Jumper logo, as pictured below. Not only did the bag mimic my beautiful bay coloring of chestnut and black, but I am pretty sure Tucker used one of my Jumper pictures when he designed the logo. The bag is the perfect size for everyday use - roomy enough for all your essentials (see my personal Instagram picture below!) - with a full-length zipper, yet easily organizable so that you don't waste time pawing around looking for your Chapstick. I appreciated all the buckles and leather keepers on the various straps, not only making the bag width adjustable, but also giving a nod to many leather products in your stable. Tucker paired the bag with a simple all black TTE logo wallet. Together, the leather duo screamed luxury, in that subtle famous equestrian way.
One thing I do want to stress to my readers is something that cannot translate in pictures: the bags are made with quality pebble-grained leather. You can feel it and you can smell it. The inside is just as well done, with creamy satin covering the entire interior and leather trimmed zipper pockets. Jill and Tucker really have tried to think of everything and they make huge efforts to listen to their customers, both individuals and tack stores. The bags are well made - you don't have to worry about the leather looking worn, loose threads or the zippers breaking. In fact, I actually chewed the teeth of the zipper track a few times in making the picture below and had no problems afterwards zipping!
So the catch for most is definitely going to be the price tag. All 3 of these mentioned TTE bags will run you in the $200-$250 range once taxes/shipping are said and done. That can put a dent in the shoe budget for sure, I am not going to argue with you on that! However, the bags will last you forever and are so classic that they will never go out of style (unlike those silk, drawstring pants that are currently in your Spring closet). As I pointed out to Andrea earlier, she paid an entire month of board for one of her designer bags, which I shall not name for fear of losing my modeling contract with them, and this particular brand doesn't even use leather! She paid for CANVAS?! Sigh.
If you have a smaller budget don't forget about the TTE accessories, like the wallets pictured above, and the beautiful IPAD covers. These make great gifts and will not break the bank! To see more pictures of all the different bags and lines, including the accessories mentioned, and to see what tack stores carry TTE near you, please visit this website: TUCKER TWEED.
A special thank you to Jill Tweedy, who opened up her house and warehouse to me (and Chloe). Not only was it it so fun playing with these pretty bags, but it was also really inspiring on both a personal and business level. We are excited to see what is next for Tucker Tweed Equestrian and will faithfully represent with our original Lexington!