Category Archives: Design

International Women’s Day 2018: Part 2

Yesterday, over on Twitter, I posted 24 International Women for International Women’s Day and for those not on Twitter the first 12 were featured in yesterday’s blog post. Today, I give you my second lot of 12 amazing International Women…   International Woman #13, Sujatha Sujatha makes handbags and purses at my workshop in rural…

International Women’s Day 2018

Today, on International Women’s Day, I’m posting 24 photos of International Women with my designs. Scroll down to see the first 12 here or if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be seeing all 24 today – one per hour, every hour of the day. If you don’t do Twitter don’t worry, I’ll post the…

A Useful Valentine’s Gift

With all things online these days, I’ve been wondering if anyone ever sends a virtual Valentine’s card? Perhaps it’s not possible to send an anonymous card that way! But it is nice to get things in the post (apart from bills and junk mail, that is), so I had an idea for a useful Valentine’s…

A New Year, A New Collection

I thought that the New Year might be a good time to share my story about Tatti Tailoring, my new designs for doggies, so here goes.   Once Upon A Time Once upon a time there was a little doggy called Tatti. She was such a character – a little crazy sprocker spaniel, descended from…

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…

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…