Category Archives: Our Workshop

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…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, my rural Indian workshop is approximately 3 hours drive from Chennai, so today I’m posting a few photos from the route to the village and the oudoor area surrounding the workshop. This is the local temple, seen from the garden surrounding the workshop. Just over a year ago, the temple was…

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 1

It’s 4 years since the terrible Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh when 1,138 garment workers died and many more were injured after the factory building collapsed. That event in 2013, prompted the launch of not-for-profit organisation Fashion Revolution who campaign worldwide for garment workers rights. Many don’t get fair pay, they don’t have a choice…

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…

F is for Fashion Revolution

The Fashion Revolution which is quietly going on in the world, only came to my attention earlier this year. I wanted to tell the world about my fabulous workshop in rural India and it was only when I started looking into what other design companies were doing in terms of producing ethically, that I came across…

How to Make a Handbag: part 1 – Hand Cutting

We’re currently into production of the 2nd lot of my limited edition Queen B bags and as I mentioned in an earlier post, each bag is being individually cut and handmade, so I thought I’d show the workshop making the new bags in stages. Here’s the cutting table with Kumar’s assistants picking out the very…

Meet our Bean Counter: Masthanamma

Say hello to Masthanamma, book keeper and office manager at our workshop in rural India. I took this picture of her when I was at the workshop last November. She was recording the quantity of leathers we’d bought for my new limited edition Queen B bags. She might need to have a red bag herself –…

Meet the Cutter: Narashiman

This is Narashiman our head leather cutter at the workshop in rural India where all my designs are made. Cutting the leather pattern pieces for all the different designs is a very skilled job because every skin needs to be inspected to make sure there aren’t any flaws in the leather. Once a new design…