I grew up in a very fashion and interior design
oriented family and started modifying & designing my clothes in high school. I
started designing my own handbag variations about a year ago and my bags are now
selling in boutiques and have even been in a few runway shows. I currently
use 3 different styles of wooden boxes for the body of the purse (a la Enid
Collins!) and finish them with vintage, upcycled as well as new fabrics and
trims. I have an Interior Decorator friend who gives me her discontinued fabric
books - perfect for my one-of-a-kind designs. Many of my bags also feature
vintage/antique jewelry for the 'sparkle' we all crave! My bags are perfect for
those of us wanting to turn heads when we go out!
My designs were initially inspired by a vintage Enid Collins purse given to me
by my mother. I loved it and knew I HAD to have more, so started creating my own
versions. Every time I carried one, I received many compliments and even sold
one to the waitress at a restaurant. She gave me a doggie bag to carry my
belongings in since she bought the purse right off my arm.
They are currently each one of a kind bags but I don't know how much longer I'll
be able to keep that up. (so grab one now!) I do see some mass manufacturing in
my near future, so will probably end up with 2 lines - a general mass marketing
one plus a custom line. Both are exciting to look forward to. I'm currently
trying to tame chalkboard fabric - it's putting up a good fight but I'll win!
Being included in fashion groups, boutiques and design organizations with so
many other wonderful designers of all types is hugely satisfying. It's a
wonderful validation of my work! It's also a good warm & fuzzy when someone
tells me they are buying one of my bags as the perfect gift for their friend,
sister, mother, etc. That's the best!