Category Archives: Handbags

H is for Hollywood, Hollyhocks, Harris Tweed and Humanity

More from my A-Z of travelling handbags today. H is for Hollyhocks Last year my hollyhocks grew to an amazing 8 or 9 feet! I had to get the scale of them by having a #BagsOnTour photo taken 🙂 H is for Hollywood Visiting a cafe overlooking the Hollywood hills and THE sign in the…

G is for Guggenheim, Gina and all things Green

The A-Z of my designs and travelling handbags continues today with all things that start with the letter G. Guggenheim Me and my turquoise Martha shopper outside the Guggenheim museum in New York on a hot August day in 2013. Green Things Just a few current designs that come in green. Maia purse, mini handbag…

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…

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…

Bags on Tour: Spotted in Namibia!

Occasionally I spot one of my designs somewhere in the world and I wonder how it got there. It doesn’t happen very often these days (not as often as when I worked for Next. I used to see my designs everywhere then. In the UK that is!) So when this one was spotted in the…

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 –…

Nova: A Design from the Archives

Here’s another photo of one of my ‘old’ designs… A real blast from the past! This black soft handheld bag was from my Nova collection which I first produced in 2002. The bags were all made in a super soft double sided faux suede with leather handles, base and trim. You may still have one…

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…