Category Archives: Design

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…

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…

Queen B Handbags

Woohoo, the first lot of my Queen B limited edition bags are on their way! Here are some quick photos taken at the workshop just before they were packed up to be shipped to me. We’re making this design in very small lots as firstly, it’s a limited edition (so no more than 10 or…

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…

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)…

100 Years of Vogue: part 3

I’m still reading my copy of the 2016 June Vogue, celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and this bumper issue is definitely one I’m going to keep as the articles are fascinating and the photography amazing. This photograph is one of my favourites. The full page photo by Tim Walker is a family portrait of photographer David Bailey…

100 Years of Vogue: part 2

Following my earlier post about Vogue’s 100th anniversary, I did indeed manage to locate my archive old Vogue magazines from the 1980s. It’s so funny to look back through them and think that this was the height of fashion in those days. It looks so dated now! Here’s this month’s cover and one from 1985….

100 Years of Vogue: part 1

Vogue is 100 years old and the June issue of the UK magazine is a bumper edition with the most fascinating articles and reports inside. If fashion and it’s history interest you, it’s well worth investing in a copy to keep. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is on the cover so I couldn’t resist taking a photo…

Handbags with Humanity

Fashion Revolution week 2016 is 18th to 24th April. In promotion of ethical trading in the fashion, textiles and garment industry worldwide, we all need to ask ‘Who Made My Clothes?’ I’ve been very lucky to have met my manufacturing partner in India many years ago and more recently we moved production to a remote…

The 2016 National Student Glove Design Competition

Last Monday was judgment day for the 2016 national student glove design competition. I was joined this year by Lynne Mead, London showroom manager for Dents, Haseena Latheef, founder of DFYNorm and several members of The Worshipful Company of Glovers, who sponsor the competition. Entries come from fashion colleges all over the UK and this…