Velo Revisited?

Who remembers my collection, from around 2003-2005, called VELO?

It was so called because I used bicycle inner tubes as the handles on the smaller bags in the range. I loved it and it was one of my more quirky designs at the time, even though the actual bags were quite a classic shape. Classic with a twist you might say.

I ran the designs for quite a few seasons and the colours of the leather ranged from the original black with red suede interior, black with purple interior, dark red with bright red inside, tan with mustard inside and a stunning bright white with rich red, followed by a pink interior.

Sadly I only kept 2 of the original prototypes and 1 mini dark red handheld in my archive of old designs (see video below). But when I came across these in a warehouse clear out, I suddenly had the need to revisit ‘Velo’ for 2019, so here goes…

A Quirky Delivery?

This is what arrived at my office the other day.

A huge box of lovely inner tubes, straight from the bike dealer. Not the kind of delivery you might expect at a handbag studio. I got quite a few crazy comments on Facebook when I posted this pic!

The inner tubes are not quite ready for use as handbag handles! First I have to wash them and cut them to size. And dry them on the radiators, to ensure no dampness lurks inside!Here are a few I’ve dealt with so far. Sizes cut for both handheld bags and shoulder bags…even though the designs aren’t finalised yet. I thought you might like an input in that?

I have already asked my VIP Designer Club members what they think and I’m loving their comments so far.

Here’s a bit more info. Take a look and please comment below if you would like to share any ideas.

Thank You!

 

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