Adam French, designer of Adan Ballou Handbags, hails from Forrest Manitoba. French began his career designing bracelets out of found items such as brush bristles during his high school years and has now grown into a high end handbag business and winning a major international award for one of his creations.
The Independent Handbag Awards were held in New York City In June. French competed out of a group of finalist from around the world, which included Turkey, Egypt and Turkey. His bags can take more than six months to create. He makes his own natural dyes, melts down scrap metal and gets deer hides from local hunters near his home, which he turns into leather by hand. It has taken him a number of years of developing and a lot of learning on his behalf.
Shown is Kathleen Lagasse of Legasse's Studio of Fine Art with designer Adam French with his award and the purse worth $750.00 for which he won his award. You can see a few of the Adan Ballou handbags at the studio right here in Souris.