The Evolution of a Rebecca Ray Bag
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!