Category Archives: Design

Want a Blue Bag? I bet you have one already!

This is the best thing I’ve seen for ages. Top brand, Balenciaga, have made a blue tote bag with more than a little inspiration from our favourite Swedish retailer. The bag is made of lambskin but it even looks crinkly, just like the Ikea one! It was a fabulous¬†article in Vogue, saying that apparently Ikea…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 5, production

Last time, I wrote about sample making and introduced you to Kumar, sample man extraordinaire. Today, we’ll look at production in our ethical workshop in rural India. Making credit card cases There’s a lot of skilled hand work involved as you can see from my video. Every piece of leather and lining has to be…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 4, in the sample room

As well as in our rural village workshop, some of my Indian colleagues are also based in a small office and workshop in the city of Chennai. Having a place in Chennai makes it easier for sample making as it’s close to the tanneries and material suppliers. So when I ask for orange stitch and…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 3

In Fashion Revolution Week we remember the garment workers who died or were injured in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013. If you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to ask ‘Who made my clothes?’ or ‘Who made my handbag?’ Who made my Shona Easton handbag? Jyothi, Vijayakumari,¬†Pramilla, Monica, Swathi, Sujatha, Masthanamma and…

Donna Updated

The Donna collection of purses in Donegal tweeds has been updated this season. They now come with a RFID signal blocking card holder (that’s for your contactless payment cards, to prevent them being scanned through your purse) and a clip on/clip off mini coin purse. The fabulous Donegal tweed is hand woven in the far…

Inside Knowledge

When I work on a new idea, I think about the inside of my design just as much as the outside, so I thought it’s about time I posted on the subject. A plain bag isn’t a boring bag, in my opinion it’s a beautiful, minimalist design, that’s been well thought through inside, as well…

Handbag Horror Story: Don’t let this happen to You!

Do you have a contactless payment card in your purse right now? And… more importantly, is it safe? I you’re not sure what I mean, then check and see if any of your cards has the little ))) symbol (a bit like a WiFi symbol you see on your phone, but it’s on it’s side)….

British Wool Week 2016

This week (10-16) October is Wool Week in the UK. It’s a time to celebrate the wonderful wool we make in the British Isles, so here are some of my woolly photos from 2016. Harris Tweed If you want a super #EthicalFashion handbag, my Harris Tweed collection combines authentic hand-woven Scottish tweed from the crofts…

Why I’m a Fan of Contactless Cards

Angela Rippon was on the telly this morning, reporting on the rise of contactless payment cards and the fraud scares that are inevitably following them around. But you don’t need to worry at all as long as the wallet where you keep your cards has signal blocking technology, as in my Bertie and Annie purses….

Exposed: A Counterfeit Design

I’ve been in a bit of a daze for a week now; ever since I realised that a company that I actually know, has stolen two of my designs and is passing them off as their own. It’s bad practice, bad business and to say that I’m livid is an understatement. I make my living…