I create unique and stylish handbags using Hemp and other environmentally friendly products. My emphasis in creation is on quality over quantity. All handbags and accessories are hand crafted by me.
The process begins when I hand dye the hemp and hemp blend fabrics using eco-friendly low impact procion dyes. By definition, this method is the least harmful to the environment. However, it yields a myriad of colors that withstand fading even after many washes. The colors will not run, bleed, or migrate to other clothing. Dying the fabric for one bag takes approximately 5 hours.
The fabric is then pressed and prepped for cutting. I use a cutting method that I designed that gives consistently accurate results with minimal waste. Depending on the complexity of the design, this process can take 4 or more hours.
The third stage is adding any machine embroidery elements. I have carefully selected a thread company that is environmentally as well as socially responsible. Again, I have developed my own machine embroidery methods that eliminate the use of unnecessary products and harmful adhesives. Since I am drawn to intricate patterns that use a number of colors, this stage can take up to 5 hours.
Next the bag is pieced together. I use 6 different needle sizes and 3 sewing machines to craft each bag. Each needle and machine has a specific purpose that produces a professional finish. Sewing time varies from 3 - 12 hours.
The final stage in construction is adding the hardware. All the rings, hooks, grommets, rivets, and snaps not only add to the overall look of the bag, but serve a function (reinforcement, strap adjust-ability, and so on).
Finally, the bag is given a final inspection. All seams are tested for durability, loose threads are trimmed, and hardware is tested.
Influences for my bags come from designers such as Lulu Guinness, Isabella Fiore, Lucky Brand handbags, Milly, Jesselli Couture, Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture, Braccialini, and Enid Collins.
I occasionally feature patterns that are courtesy of the many talented artists globally. Handbag designers that I showcase are Christine Welsh of ChrisWDesigns, and Emma Brennan of Charlie's Aunt. Please visit their etsy stores to see their incredible designs.
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