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Another week has passed and feeling a bit lonely in my quest of handbag design. I found a brilliant mentor service in London, Fashion Angels  It was great to go over the concept of my bag and I was given great advice, researching retailers that I would like to stock my bag and then re-designing my bag around their style. I am off this week to meet someone in London who may be able to produce the bag in short runs.


The finished sample arrived in London on Friday. There is one measurement that is not right and I know that I placed this on the dummy sample. It is slightly annoying but on the whole I am really happy . The guys in NY have done me really proud. 

It feels very strange that after working on this for so long, that I am still really only at the starting point. Keeping up your enthusiam is really hard. I keep thinking of other possible designs, I need to focus on the goal which was to get this bag on to the market.

I am also going to try and get in contact with buyers and ask their opinion, and then we will go from there.

My main concern is that I will be able to produce my bag at the cost that I want to retail it for.

I am a small business ( tiny ) and I don’t have lots of capital and I have no financial help, so everything I do I pay for directly. I can’t hold masses of stock without an order, I can’t approach buyers without a competitive cost and I can’t get that competitive cost without ordering a massive stock….. catch 22.

Any ideas on how I can’t get out of this vicious circle ?


I have now chosen my leathers and my lining. I have been looking at a lot of bags in the shops the last few weeks ( years ) and I really wanted a textured finish and colours that were rich with an urban feel. 


Christina is a production co-ordinator and she is brilliant, completely on the ball.

We have had a chat and she has sent me leather samples. We email everyday and I feel happy that the bag is now progressing. It seems to be going on for ages.

 I didn’t realise how many different zips there are on the market to choose from !!

This week I made up a small sample board of ideas for the bag. This is for the NY guys, so that we are all on the same page when it comes to the quality and look that I want to create .


It has been a couple of weeks since I last wrote.  

The guys in NY wanted a consultation fee to source my materials ( nothing is free ) ! I understand that no one does anything for nothing but surely we were on on the same page, wanting this bag to go forward in production.

I found a leather supplier in NY, who knew the manufacturer and he was lovely and we began to talk and it seemed he has exactly what I maybe looking for.

So going back to my manufacturer I concluded that if I wanted to make this happen I would have to pay a consultation fee. I do still believe in the guys in NY and I have gone to far to stop. 

Luckily the guys are great and they are willing to consult on a half package. 

I so want this to work out, this is the furthest i have ever taken an idea and I still need to believe in it. But it is a lonely process.


I sent my sample bag to a manufacturing company in Thailand, this was a company that I saw at Mipel. Not only did I send the sample but also notes and images. Unfortunately I think I wrote too much information, and it had been partly lost in translation. The first costing that they gave me was too high, remembering that I already have a retail price in mind. So it’s back with them and hopefully I will get a new costing soon….

Mipel is an international leather-goods trade show, which is based in Milan and occurs twice a year and has over 400 exhibitors.

I took a 7am flight from Gatwick on Sunday, and flew into Malpensa Airport, Milan. From there I was able to get a bus direct to the impressive Fieramilano exhibition arena. I had been told by another handbag designer to go to the overseas area, as this is where the majority of manufacturers are. 

The manufacturers came from either India, Thailand or China and all were very eager to talk about their products and about what they can produce. Being able to see their handbags gave me an idea of the standard and cost that I could expect if they were to produce my design. 

The main area of Mipel is taken over by handbag wholesalers, exhibiting their products towards prospective buyers from the retail industry. It was interesting to see what other designers had produced and in what colours and materials.

There is also a catwalk show, showing pieces from various designers, a good chance to see the collections and a great opportunity for a sit down.

I took an early evening return flight and was back in London by 8pm. I felt very excited and slightly nervous, as this was another step forward with my design.



I’ve always been really interested in all aspects of art and design. I love finding new, beautifully made products that ooze style, as well as rummaging through antique markets and finding unusual and wonderful objects. I am always trying to think of new ideas which are simple and yet functional, but also look great.

I live and work in London and this is a blog about trying to get my own designed product/idea made and onto the market.

I expect it to be a big learning curve, so if you are in the same position as me, or just want to see how I am getting on then please follow me on my business adventure. I would really appreciate your feedback (encouragement!) and any helpful ideas.