While working on our upcoming International issue (hitting shelves on 21 July), we started reminiscing about the strangest thing we’ve ever brought back in our travel bag. Which leads us to today’s giveaway – a beautiful, handmade bag from local creative Caleb Pederson. We chatted to the Woodstock-based designer about his Chapel label and what gets his creative juices flowing… (scroll down to the end of the post to enter).

Where do you get your inspiration?
Need. Lack. Riding my bicycle. Listening to Arcade Fire. My friend Edroy Benjamin Paulsen, aka Boet. Living in Woodstock. My Viking forefathers in Denmark. My wife, Jessicah.

Favourite local designer?
David West

Gardening tip?
Plants from Zimbabwean rain forests should stay in Zimbabwean rain forests (ours is dying).


Dream collaboration?
Brooks Saddles

Favourite breakfast?
Karen’s yoghurt and muesli from The Kitchen in Woodstock.

What are you listening to right now?
Tegan and Sara

Favourite colour and why?
Military green – the colour we just spray-painted our car!

Tell us a little about the process of making your products?
I ride my bicycle, find materials, enjoy people and sunshine, make things I like and need.

Coming up?
Chapel is being renovated, moving into a new studio and making more full leather pieces!

Where can we find your designs?
My website, MeMeMe and The Old Biscuit Mill.

WIN! We have a stylish Chapel travel bag up for grabs. Simply tell us the strangest thing you’ve ever brought back from holiday in your suitcase in the comment section below…

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