Our best-selling Whittle is back, and better than ever! This casual belt bag is perfect for carrying your most essential belongings to an outdoor concert or theme park, but also works for a quick trip to the store. A sensible, yet stylish piece, the Whittle allows you to grab a phone and leather cardholder and go – without toting items unnecessary for the occasion. Wear it as a crossbody, or as a belt bag, and get ready to seize the day.
Each R.Riveter handbag takes a journey across the country before arriving at your doorstep. Components are crafted by independent military spouses in their homes around the nation, and shipped to R.Riveter's FabShop to be assembled into a one-of-a-kind product.
Inspiration Behind the Name
The Whittle is inspired by Mrs. Reba Whittle, a strong, compassionate, and courageous woman who was an American military female prisoner of war in European theater during World War II. Upon graduating from nursing school, Whittle enlisted into the Army Nurse Corps and entered the military as a flight nurse. During the war, the C-47 medical evacuation plane she was on was shot down over enemy territory while traveling to France to retrieve injured soldiers. Whittle was separated from her crew and transferred to a prison camp hospital, where she helped provide aid to prisoners.
After four months of captivity, Whittle was released in January of 1945. Later that year, she was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the crash, she was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and she also received the Air Medal. Although Whittle was not officially recognized as a POW for some time, the government designated her as a POW two years after her death in 1983.
The Whittle handbag represents an incredible woman who was brave, confident, and resilient. Wearing the Whittle should inspire strength in all who carry it.
Maintenance of R. Riveter Leather:
We love using real veg tanned leather in our handbags because they just better with age. If you happen to get scratches or water marks, you can usually get the bag looking new again with just a little maintenance.
Please click here to read about how to care for your veg tanned leather.
Canvas Care Suggestions:
When spot cleaning the canvas, we suggest using a brush or sponge with water only to wipe it off soiled area. We do not recommend using anything other than water as it could discolor canvas material.