Carmen - Knotted Crossbody | Oak
Perfect for everyday outings, the Carmen is about to be your new daily handbag. Handmade by skilled artisans with an all-natural, plant-dyed cactus fiber and high quality, vegetable- tanned leather.
The Carmen Crossbody bag has an adjustable leather shoulder strap that allows you to wear it at different lengths. Complete with a front leather knot to secure the opening and add a laid-back, stylish detail.
- Size when folded: H 12" x L 10"
- Size unfolded: H 14.5" x L 10"
- Adjustable strap
- Strap length: 42"
- No inner lining or pocket
- Adjustable leather strap
Every Minga bag has been ethically sourced for a mutually agreed upon, fairtrade price and provides work to our artisan partners, a collaborative group of 18 women living in a remote region of Ecuador. Learn more here.
Our bags are handmade and one-of-a-kind. This means that no two are exactly alike and almost all contain irregularities from size to styles to color. Please allow for slight imperfections as this is what adds to the unique character of each bag.
Due to the leather's natural finish each hide will keep its distinctive features, such as veins and pores. Please allow the leather time to naturally wear and soften over time.
If you are in between sizes or unsure of your hat size, we recommend sizing up and using a hat filler or hat sizing tape for the perfect fit.
Please read the description for each product to understand if there's any changes or design notes to take into account.
Finding your hat size
To find your personal hat size, you will have to measure the circumference of your head. You'll need either a flexible tape-measure or a long piece of fabric (i.e. scarf or string) and a ruler. Simply wrap it around your head about 2-3" above your eyebrows) to find the circumference.
Caring for your hat
If your hat needs a tune-up, we recommend using a soft bristle brush or lint roller to lightly clean it. If you have any stains on your hat, you can use an all-natural soap and white damp cloth to remove the stain. On our wool hats, stains may come out by using sandpaper. If your hat gets wet, allow it to dry on a flat surface so it maintains its shape.
Re-flatten or shaping the brim of your hat
If your hat is losing it’s shape or stiffness, you can easily reshape it at home. You will need an iron, ironing board, and damp sheet or cloth. Place the hat on an ironing board with a damp sheet covering brim where the iron will make contact. This will avoid the iron burning or scaring your hat. With steam, gradually iron the brim of your hat. Once done ironing, let your hat cool on a hard and flat surface for at least 10 mins.
Caring for your bag
Cabuya, the natural plant fiber we use for our bags, is plant dyed and spun by hand. Cabuya is a very strong and durable fiber, and it also softens and its character deepens with wear.
If you end up with a spot or stain on your bag, gently rub the spot with a damp white towel using a gentle, natural soap. It is important to understand that natural, plant-dyed fibers should be washed by hand in cold water and limited chemicals. Given it’s all-natural makeup, using harsh detergents or machine washing your bag will result in color fade. Hang or sit out to dry.