Category Archives: Fabrics & Leathers

X is for X-Collection

When one of my designs is no longer in the current range I put it into a file which I’ve labelled ‘X-Collection’. So, today for X, here are some archive photos of my designs from previous years. I’ve written before about how I mostly get inspiration for my designs from the leathers and textiles I…

W is for Wet Blue

Wet blue is the name for the first process for turning animal hides into leather. Chromium salts are used to clean and cure the hide, leaving it a pale blue colour, hence the name. Generally there are two types of tannery. The ones which take the raw hides and transform them into wet blue and…

T is for Trekker

When I designed the Trekker collection of bags, I had ‘busy people on the go’ in mind. The original designs in this range are all made from super durable heavy duty (but not heavy weight) canvas which has been stonewashed to give a softer feel. I then introduced a design in all leather in a…

S is for Suede, Skiving and Splitting

Hello on day 19 of my A-Z of handbags. Today is all about some of the materials I use, what they are and how they’re made. Suede Do you know what suede is? What’s the difference between suede and leather? Well they are both leather but suede is a term used to describe the finish…

Q is for Queen B

This post is all about Queen B. The Queen B bag is a new design that was inspired by a lady who has helped me with my business marketing. Her name is Bernadette Doyle. While I was feeling low and in need of marketing inspiration, Bernadette asked me to design a hot pink bag for…

I is for India

I visit my workshop in rural India as often as I can, usually 3 or 4 times a year and every time I go there, I can’t resist taking photos. Everything seems to bright and colourful. It’s nearly always sunny and sometimes it’s super hot and humid. I love to visit the street fabric market…

E is for Easton

Since I started designing my own label in 2001 I’ve had various branding for ‘e’ or Easton. I wonder if anyone ever noticed the more subtle ones? Jeans style stitch These bags were from my second ‘Velo’ collection in the early 2000’s. As the simple shaped bag design had 2 pockets on the front, I…

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 –…

A Fashion Revolution?

Next week is Fashion Revolution week. Did you know? Fashion Revolution is a not-for-profit organisation set up in response to the 2013 Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh. With followers worldwide, the organisation seeks to encourage everyone to ask ‘Who Made My Clothes?’ Ethical Fashion It’s about time I shouted about my fabulous workshop in…