Francesca Rockette makes stylish vintage bags from her home near Byron Bay, NSW. According to Francesca, the birth of the Francesca Rockette vintage bags label can be attributed to the chance discovery in 1988 of a battered old trunk belonging to her mother. “In it was a hoard of vintage fabrics, each more incredible than the next”, says Francesca.
“With over a decade long experience in retailing high-end fashion, I was passionate that there would be a niche for eccentric yet wearable accessories,” explains Francesca. “Making my own bags I started off a little nervous as I began trading from a stall at the Bondi Markets.”
The feedback for Francesca Rockette vintage bags proved instantly positive. “I soon began wholesaling to several reputable boutiques,” says Francesca. “The stores included the Corner Store in Paddington, as well as Varga Girl and Wheels and Dolls Baby, all in Sydney. I was also selling in Eclectica in the UK and Satine in LA.”
The Francesca Rockette label had soon expanded to include not just vintage bags, but vintage accessories. “There are vintage hairclips, buckles and buttons that I had sourced from an old warehouse in South Africa,” explained Francesca. “These were incorporated into the bags. My stall at the Paddington Markets was a favourite amongst locals and tourists for many years.
“My focus has been creating handmade and unique bags & accessories from vintage fabrics, recycled items, to recreate, and colourful leathers that inspire.” says Francesca.
The Francesca Rockette range of vintage bags pays homage to retrograde Australiana as they are made with beautiful, upcycled vintage tea towels and recycled potato and coffee bags. These bags are perfect for all sorts of shopping, especially for visiting the farmers market.
Francesca explains the passion behind the bespoke designs of her vintage bags, “Every bag tells a story. The individual designs create a sense of nostalgia and enjoyment for the wearer – as they did for me in creating them.”
Now since moving up to the beautiful Byron Hinterland area, Francesca attends the local markets, such as the famous Bangalow markets and the Young Designers Market in Brisbane, as well as supplying few of the local shops.
“My focus has always been creating beautifully crafted and unique pieces of the highest quality,” say Francesca. “My fabric bags pay homage to a few retrograde eras, namely the symmetry and smooth lines of the Art Deco period, the inspiring prints from the 50’s and the vibrant, eclectic prints of the 60’s and 70’s. My styles are not trend-based, rather they transcend all seasons with each bag telling their own story.”
Take a look at Francesca’s blog for more info on her wonderful bags.