An Interview with Erin from Umbrella Collective February 10, 2016 12:06

Erin Sim is the maker behind Umbrella Collective's leather bags.


Chances are, if you've shopped on the Wander Truck, you may have stopped to admire the incredibly soft leather, classic blue and white stripe linings, or simple yet elegant shapes of these bags.



The bags all have simple, functional designs. From her Portland, Oregon studio, Erin seeks to create practical goods that honor modesty and simplicity




She says the goal of Umbrella Collective is to provide basic and ordinary design for everyone, everyday, everywhere.

We carry bucket bags, totes, crossbody bags and coin purses in a camel, navy and black color pallet. The bucket bags are by far the most popular and I have customers return all the time to show me how well their bucket bag has worn and how much they love the look of the vegetable tanned leather strap as it ages.


In keeping with our 2016 theme of interviewing our makers, I asked Erin a few questions. Here are her answers.


Q: What did you do before founding Umbrella Collective?

A: I graduated from Architecture school and moved to Portland. Finding
a job was a lot harder than I anticipated.


Q: What inspired you to start making your products?

A: Being fresh out of school, in a new environment, with little experience, made it all the more difficult. So I taught myself to sew and started experimenting with canvas and leather. I've always loved bags so why not try to make them?


Q: Explain Umbrella Collective in five words or less.

A: An exploration of necessary goods.


Q: What is your goal for Umbrella Collective in 2016?

A: My goal for Umbrella Collective in 2016 is to make it to 2017!


Thanks for reading this interview with Erin from Umbrella Collective. Shop the full collection of bags here.