Category Archives: Top Tips

Are Your Contactless Payment Cards Safe?

There’s a love – hate thing going on at the moment with the new contactless credit and debit cards that the banks have started issuing. Love them or Hate them? Personally, I like them. They save time and you don’t need to carry cash around any more. I wouldn’t feel happy however, if I didn’t…

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…

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)….

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….

K is for Kuala Lumpur and Key Clips

Luckily my designs have done a lot of travelling, so I’m not stuck on K! A Visit To Kuala Lumpur As part of his world tour, Trekker the manbag visited Kuala Lumpur a few years ago. Here’s Trekker at the Petronas Towers with his companion, the stone Patty shopper. And near the top, with his owner. Hi Dad 🙂…

Pencase Winners

The winners are announced for last week’s competition to win a luxury leather pen (or maybe not) case. Thank you to all who entered by posting a comment. I loved all your ideas on how you would put this design to good use. So, without further ado, here are the 5 winners 🙂 Sherry Bevan…

Competition: Win a Luxury Leather case

Some time ago I wrote about the many uses for various small leather items in my collection. A purse is not just a purse, as I say, it can have many uses. My simplest designs are the best for this and I’ve written about some of them here before. You might want to check out…

How to get in the News

Well, not the news exactly but feature on other people’s marketing and promotion material. All you need to do is to send them a fab photo of you with their product. Much like I ask of Shona Easton bag owners for my Bags on Tour photo album. Here’s one of me in Muscat, reading Nicky…

6 Uses for a Leather Holdall

When I designed my leather holdalls I had various uses in mind. A bag has to be practical and size is important, depending on what you want to use it for, so today I’m going to list 6 ways to use my Overnight Bag, which is the smaller of the 2 sizes of holdall. 1)…

Become a VIP, don’t be an April Fool

Hello! I don’t normally put out a sales offer here on my blog but I’m making an exception for this very exciting deal. I launched my VIP Designer Club earlier this month on March 17th.  Here’s some more about it, in case you don’t get my emails. My VIP Designer Club is for anyone who…