The Evolution of a Rebecca Ray Bag

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Rebecca | 4 comments

Everyone always asks me where we find our inspirations for designs and the truth is, the ideas come to me at the strangest times!!  Our new Burghley Tote is an example of an "in the moment" idea.  I was riding using a bridle with web reins, and started thinking about how neat it would be to incorporate those web reins into one of our designs.  So I tucked that idea away where it sat and brewed for a while.  

Then, along came a 3-day event. Derek, Lizzie and I were trudging along through the field walking the course when Lizzie handed me one more thing to carry.  (Because, if you don't know this, Moms are like walking tote bags!) Imagine my surprise when I get to a meeting and start looking for something in my purse, only to pull out 2 American Girl dresses, 1 half eaten granola bar and a geometry homework assignment.  Anyways, I thought to myself I need a great bag to carry to a three day event that is casual and practical... hey, I can use the webbed rein detail on it!!!  

The Burghley was born. It went through several prototypes, which we all carried and tweaked. We loved it so much, we put our Rebecca Ray Designs horse on the front.  We couldn't decide between the dark leather details and the green web reins verses the chestnut leather details and the khaki web reins, so it comes in two color choices. I named it Burghley after the famed four star CCI 3-Day Event in England, one of the six leading 3-day events in the world.  It just seemed appropriate after all, that the idea was hatched on a 3-day event course!

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  • Melinda LePage

    Love your designs. Recently discovered them in my Traditional Home magazine. Excited to discover your line as I am just South of Chagrin Falls and look forward to seeing some of your beautiful work soon.

  • Donna Cordial Rex

    Absolutely love the design of this bag!
    Exceptionally nice to that there are choices of brown
    Or black! My favorite is the brown! Handles look
    Very well made & as a Grandmother of 7 Grandchildren
    Certainly can use for outings with them each. Ages
    Range from 10 months-21years:)
    Thank You For Your Ideas & Inspirations!
    Bless You in all your life adventures!!
    Sincerely LOVE Canvas & Leather Bags!!!

  • Tracy Baker

    As expected, another amazing bag. You can never have to many for every occasion! Love them all.

  • Meredith Young

    I just love this new bag!! It is my favorite design of yours yet, and it will definitely be my next purchase — before Rolex so I can bring it with me!


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