Category Archives: Our Workshop

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: Part 1

It’s 4 years since the terrible Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh when 1,138 garment workers died and many more were injured after the factory building collapsed. That event in 2013, prompted the launch of not-for-profit organisation Fashion Revolution who campaign worldwide for garment workers rights. Many don’t get fair pay, they don’t have a choice…

British Wool Week 2016

This week (10-16) October is Wool Week in the UK. It’s a time to celebrate the wonderful wool we make in the British Isles, so here are some of my woolly photos from 2016. Harris Tweed If you want a super #EthicalFashion handbag, my Harris Tweed collection combines authentic hand-woven Scottish tweed from the crofts…

F is for Fashion Revolution

The Fashion Revolution which is quietly going on in the world, only came to my attention earlier this year. I wanted to tell the world about my fabulous workshop in rural India and it was only when I started looking into what other design companies were doing in terms of producing ethically, that I came across…

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 –…

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…

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…

Postcard from India

I’m in Chennai and the surrounding area this week, visting the fabulous rural workshop that make all my designs for me. Here’s one of my team of lovely leathermaking ladies. Far left is Pramilla, the workshop manager and everyone else does various things from cutting to embossing, sewing to finishing, cleaning and office work. It…