Smart Tart Bags, How Brilliant 

Welcome to the Smart Tart website. Here you will find fabulous handmade bags all designed and made in Cornwall. Our watchword is quality with stylish functionality coming from stunning designs and fabrics. 


Started in 1995 by designer and maker Karen Arthur, the Smart Tart label began by making all sorts of accessories from vintage fabric. The bags came along in 1998 and we have been running to keep up ever since!  



If you have come here looking for Makers' Emporium, watch this space! Smart Tart is very proud to be part of a brand new Artists and Makers' Cooperative studio/gallery which will be opening in April 2014! See our progress on Facebook at:





Working from her home in St Just, the most westerly town in Cornwall, Karen enjoys creating the bags that are for sale online. You can also visit by appointment to see the bags that are for sale and discuss your order with Karen. 
Recent developments include a move away from the well known spotty velvet bags towards contemporary fabrics and leather, whilst continuing to embrace the beautiful vintage fabrics that have been collected over the years.
Black/Ivory Eyelet Bag
The Eyelet bag is a breakthrough in handle design - giant eyelets in the top of the bag mean that the two handles instantly and simply pull through into a long shoulder strap. This means the difficult decision of which handles to have on your bag is never going to be a problem again! We love this so much we registered the design (number 3022557) to protect it from unscrupulous copyists!







Leather Too

 We love leather bags and now make several designs from upholstery weight leather.



Follow the link on the left to see what we are making!



Bespoke Service


If you have some favourite fabric or a special event coming up, we can design and make a bag for you that will compliment your outfit. We have made special bags for Ascot, weddings, balls and even funerals! All you need to do to make an enquiry is email or telephone us and we can have an informal discussion about what you would like with no commitment to buy until you are happy with your bag. You may also to go to the 'Choose your fabric' page and browse there for inspiration.













 rust bucket bag