"FERNWEH" - (noun):
Farsickness, An ache and longing for far off places, a craving for travel. A yearning to explore off the beaten path, into the unknown.
Rugged, handcrafted goods and accessories, inspired by a passion for adventure.
Designed and handmade here in their Aberdeen studio.
About Fernweh Bags
At Beò we love to work with local small businesses, and you can’t get more local for us than Design graduate; Laura Sherriffs. Based in Aberdeenshire, at a stonesthrow away from Beò headquarters you can find this female owned business shining bright among the thriving creative community in Aberdeen.
Fernweh has been noticed by and featured in huge publications such as Vogue, Hidden Scotland, Society, We Are Makers and Find a Maker – it’s clear that Laura has Ferweh has her finger on the pulse when it comes to rustic, practical style.
Laura founded Fernweh in 2014 with a vision to create Slowly crafted waxed canvas bags, inspired by a passion for adventure.
Laura creates handcrafted waxed canvas bags and accessories inspired by her own love for the outdoors and adventure. She is particularly inspired by the Scottish landscape and the colour palette of the Cairngorms and North East coastline in Aberdeenshire.
This inspiration is used to create handcrafted, rugged, purpose driven bags and accessories to bring a little bit of adventure into everyday life. Laura uses waxed canvas produced right here in Scotland to tie her work directly to the land it is inspired by.
High Quality Eco-conscious Materials
Fernweh uses the highest quality fabrics and leathers, from UK suppliers who are responsible within their own supply chains, supporting the UK heritage textile industry. Fernweh’s signature fabrics are Scottish waxed canvas and oak bark tanned leather, from the UK’s only remaining oak bark tannery, utilising hard wearing, durable fabrics to create products with longevity. Laura is passionate about creating a responsible business with Fernweh, with minimal environmental impact, using zero waste design methods to minimise fabric waste, and repurposing any offcuts to create one off pieces. £1 from each sale is also donated to Trees For Life, who are helping to re-wild the Caledonian Forests in Scotland. All items are handmade to order in the Fernweh studio in Aberdeen.
We are thrilled to become a stockist of these best selling, and high demand bags from Fernweh, and we are certain that you will love them as much as we do.
It started with a chalk bag…
In 2014 I was lost. Not on a mountain plateau somewhere in the Highlands but in life. I had graduated with a degree in Fashion Design from Grays School of Art the previous summer and I had no direction and no plan of what I wanted to do.
Despite this uncertainty, I had fallen in love in a new hobby, rock climbing. Several times a week I scampered up and down routes at my local climbing gym and out at local crags but missed creating.
I decided to make my own chalk bag made from waxed canvas, not a fan of the mass produced polyester designs that were available. I posted a photo online & got great feedback and had several messages asking for one so I set up a little online store and Fernweh was born!
From this, Fernweh was conceived from an urge to create high quality, artisan products for the adventurers and explorers in our midst. I make bags, knitted hats and accessories of all kinds, inspired by my passion for the outdoors, functional high quality design and sustainability.
I take my inspiration from the world around us, particularly the beautiful scenery we have here in Scotland. We are lucky to have the Cairngorms and Highlands right on our doorstep and the Scottish wilderness is a vial of creativity and inspiration.
I hope that my products inspire my customers to head out and explore the great outdoors.
We all have a responsibility to look after this fantastic land, and with Fernweh I try our best to be as conscious and ethical as possible in our collections and I believe that the best way to do this is to create products that are made to last.
I feel that sustainability through longevity, using traditional, quality fabrics and trying our hardest to create as minimal wastage as possible, not only create a much more ethical product, but create pieces that last, that will become cherished, timeless pieces in our customer’s lives.
Every single Fernweh piece is handcrafted with the utmost care and attention to detail, by me in my studio in Aberdeen.
– Laura, Fernweh UK