Why is the company named Bosom Buddy Bags?
The name Bosom Buddy Bags came about as we were searching for a way to combine a handbag business with our mission to help find a cure for breast cancer. We have contributed thousands of dollars for cancer awareness through our event Shop for the Cure to benefit the Lillian Glorioso Breast Cancer Memorial Fund through Komen for the Cure MD. .
Where are the bags made?
The bags are woven by hand of Ata grass on the Indonesian Island of Bali by Artists of the Tenganan region. This art form is handed down through the generations and is unique to Bali. The bags are not made in a factory, the artists work from home in their villages. Bags can take up to 4 weeks to complete. The warm golden honey color of the Ata grass develops naturally from slow smoking over a honey and coconut husk fire. The resultant aroma is your assurance of authenticity, we affectionately call them "bacon bags." If you wish to minimize the smoky scent, a product like Fabreeze and a few days in the open air will help dissipate the scent. Subtle differences in size, shape, weave, and finishes are part of the beauty of this handmade product.
Working from their Baltimore studio, the Bosom Buddy Bag design team hand adorn the Balinese ata grass bags with ribbons, jewelry, gold plated findings, natural sea shells and vintage elements. Subtle differences in adornments and ribbons are what makes each Bosom Buddy Bag extraordinary.
Why do the bags smell like smoke?
The bags are made in Bali. They are hand woven and then smoked over a coconut husk and honey fire to attain their natural golden, honey color and to strengthen and tighten the weave. We affectionately call them “bacon bags. The scent will dissipate over time with exposure to air. If you want to speed up the process, a product like Febreze will help.
Can I select my ribbons or adornments?
The bags' adornments are permanently attached.
What you see on the drop down menus is what is available for the bag shown.
All requests for deviations from combinations shown are considered 'one of a kind ' and will incur a $15.00 extra charge per bag.
Requests for one of a kind combinations are not guaranteed, as certain combinations cannot be made. BBB Designer’s discretion will apply.
One of a kind combination bags may not be available for re-order due to availability of adornments and ribbons.*Please note: Direct ordering of one of a kind bags is not possible via standard website order form. Please contact us via email or phone to discuss your custom order.
One of a kind combination bags may not be returned for any reason.
Can I order a bag that was in the line from previous seasons?
If we have the components to make a bag from a previous season we will be happy to do that for you .However, one of a kind fees will apply, please see above.
How long before I receive my bags?
We make every effort to get your bag to you within a week. Please remember most of our products are made to order. Should there be a delay in your order, we will contact you to let you know.
How do I clean the bags?
The Ata grass bags themselves should never need any maintenance if kept under normal circumstances. The ribbons will get soiled more readily in light colors. But most of them can be spot cleaned with a product that cleans neckties. We have also had success cleaning ribbon with white plastic erasers or Mr Clean Magic Erasers. Please test in an inconspicuous place first.
Whoops! A pin fell off , what do I do?
Yes we are human and the laws of physics prevail. If a pin or adornment is pulled on it can fall off. We take every precaution to make sure the adornments are on securely, but sometimes they just don’t behave. Please call us, we want you to love carrying your Bosom Buddy Bag, so we will repair the bag for up to one month from date of purchase. Please call for instructions. We will not be responsible for repairs due to misuse, animal chewing, weather damage, normal wear and tear, or attempts to remove adornments.
Do the adornments and pins come off so that I can wear them?
NO. Once we secure the pins/adornments to the bags they are meant to remain there. See above
Can I order a plain bag with no decorations?
Unfortunately not, it wouldn't be a Bosom Buddy Bag
I received a bag and I want to order another but I don’t see it online.
Some of the adornments are in limited supply and we cannot source them any longer, so they have been discontinued. However, NEW designs are available online and we will be adding to the line as the season progresses.Check out the What's HOT ! page for new bags
I would love to see the bag in person before I buy, is this possible?
Please visit our "Where to Buy" section to find a retailer near you. While they may not have the exact bag you are looking for, you can get an idea of how the products look. Our retailers are very accommodating, and usually happy to order the bag for you!