Category Archives: Fabrics & Leathers

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…

Donegal Tweed: A New Purse or Mini Bag Design

I love finding new fabrics and leathers and this time I’ve managed to combine 2 of my new favourites into one design. The Donna purse is a soft tweed and leather design which could even double as a mini clutch bag. I have chosen 3 gorgeous handmade tweeds from Donegal in Ireland and combined them…

Happy Chinese New Year

The year of the Sheep. Hope it’s a good year for you! Photo credit: Craig Easton as featured in ‘52 Weekends in the Country‘.

An Update on My Story

I have been a designer for many years now and I really love my job. I love creating pieces of art that you can wear and that make you feel amazing. People buy my unique designs for many reasons but at the end of the day it’s because they know my products are beautifully designed…