the fabric that graces every spartina 449 handbag follows the same linen tradition that began over 30,000 years ago with ancient egyptians. it’s the same technique that has evolved into today’s french and belgian linens, woven by specially commissioned artisans who create spartina’s intricate signature weaves.more durable than commonly used cotton, the exterior linen on spartina’s handbags is additionally protected with a water and stain resistant coating. combine this with spartina’s eco-friendly, water-based inks, and the result is a faithfully crafted and luxurious line of stylish linen handbags and accessories. captivating colors, irresistible style-it was only natural that a mermaid became our insignia! we incorporate an authentic spartina mermaid into every product either as the logo charm, as a separate charm, or on the inside pocket.