How did you get started?
- Where do you work?
I work at home in my garage, converted into a studio. It’s not really about the atmosphere, but practicality, I have everything around me that I need. It’s not 9-5 so I’m able to get on with work around everything else. I’m most creative when I have time to be!
- How do you generate ideas?
It’s usually a detail or something I’ve seen on something not relating to bags, that I think would translate well. I might jot down a few ideas, drawings, but generally just get on with putting ideas together at a prototyping stage.
Can you describe your design/production process from start to finish?
- What inspires you?
Having a work/life balance. Nothing more, nothing less.
- What or who influences your work?
Sales influence my work. I have to sell bags in order to make a living out of it. Out of 4 or 5 ranges, I started off with when I first started out, one, in particular, became the mainstay of my work, so I make bags that people want to buy and shops want to sell. The ethos behind the brand remains the same, sustainability, making bags from remnant upholstery leather influences my work.
I don’t really follow trends, my bags have always been unique and I like to think are more of a classic than ‘trendy’. I’m not a huge fan of ‘designers’, particularly in relation to bags as the bags themselves tend to be made in a factory somewhere.
- What is your greatest achievement so far?