Category Archives: Handbags

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…

B is for Bags on Tour

This could be a long one today. I have lots to share that begins with a B. Bags On Tour I launched ‘Bags On Tour‘ in September 2011 when a drive past Le Mont Saint Michel on a beautiful day, made for a great photo – still one of my favourites. Since then my bags…

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 –…

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…

Saturday Shopping: Yellow is the colour of Summer

Victoria Beckham’s been seen in yellow. So too has the Duchess of Cambridge. It must be the new colour of summer, writes Lisa Armstrong in The Daily Telegraph. If you think that yellow isn’t for you, (my skin looks awful in it) you can still get your yellow fix in the accessories you choose. Lisa Armstrong…

Meet the Handbag Maker: Sujatha

Meet Sujatha. It’s 4 years now since she came to work at our rural Indian workshop which is in a converted farm in the village where she lives. Sujatha is 33 years old and has a 7 year old son. Before she came to work with us, Sujatha was a housewife and looked after her…

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…

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…