The Story Behind the Very First FunkyForty Bag

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited and can hardly believe it myself but the very first FunkyForty bag designed largely by me in collaboration with Atelier Avanzar is now ready and available online here.

There’s a lot more to consider when designing a bag than I ever realised at first. Initially all I knew was I wanted to design a bucket bag. Slowly but surely learning there are many more things to consider before a bag design is anywhere near final.

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Keep reading for the story behind the very first FunkyForty bag.


The Story Behind the Very First FunkyForty Bag

Here a better picture of the bag itself. As mentioned it’s a bucket bag, however a bucket bag with a difference. This one has been especially designed so that it can easily be folded flat for travelling.

We had to be careful about the sizing too to make sure that it does stand nicely like a bucket bag – so now it is 27 * 21 cm with a round base  20 cm in diameter. My daughter approves of the bag because it’s big enough to fit a book inside – smile! I needed the bag to be big enough to fit my camera!

The handles are carefully placed so they don’t flop into the bag.

Note the  touch of pink in the cord. There is more though – the inside is also lined with pink fabric so that it is easier to find things. Pink being a reflection of the heart in the FunkyForty logo.


Inside there is also a couple of open pockets and a side pocket with a zip – perfect for storing keys, phone and money.

The bag is available in both black and Chocolate Brown and can be carried either by the handles or over your shoulder. There is also the added cross body shoulder strap available if you choose.

Feeling so proud at having my very own bag design out there available for sale. Especially as the bag is made by women for women. Made in Ecuador and each bag sold helps toward the “foundation Atelier Avanzar” (more about this further down).


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A little background to Atelier Avanzar

I have been working together with Margarita from Atelier Avanzar for some time now. Loving her caring nature, bags and the concept behind the company.  Margarita grew up in Ecuador however now lives in Zurich with her husband and two children.

Whilst in Ecuador she saw many women in hospital looking after their sick children with nothing to do. Even worse, not enough money to ensure their children  get the treatment needed. This is how Atelier Avanzar began. The women/mothers of children in the hospitals were taught to knit these wonderful bags. Getting paid for their work. In addition a foundation was set up.

The “foundation Atelier Avanzar” has been active supporting underprivileged women living in precarious conditions in Ecuador of 20 years now.

“We have enabled 1,000 women through education to lead a self-determined and dignified life in financial independence. At the Ludoteca in the Hospital Vicente Corral Moscoso, 30,000 children have been treated with therapies and have had a smile put on their faces.”



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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

  1. Very well done and I wish you good luck with that Bag it looks very nice and sounds that it is big enough for all those essentials you need.

  2. Oh you must be soooo proud!!! Imagine, designing your very own bag which is actually sold AND helps a good cause. I salute you Yvonne and I am a little bit envious which I try to surpress.
    Unfortunately for the sales I have so many bags in every colour, it is ridiculous to buy another one. But I do like your concept.

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