It is still life in the fashion slow lane and Marco the Pug still sleeps under my desk. The journey continues, from Italy to Hong Kong. From Seattle to San Diego
Tomorrow going to look at the leather in Italy at the Linea Pelle show. It will be interesting to see what the new colors are. I need to restock my swatches, it has been 18 months and all my swatches are old. I hope its a nice trip.
As a freelance fashion designer and consultant I spent a lot of time educating my clients about the process. There have been many times where after I design a handbag or accessories collection for a client the expect to have the samples in a few weeks. I put this timeline together to educate people that are new to the fashion industry about the lead time. Designing and launching a fashion collection of handbags or other accessories is extremely time consuming and complicated. There are many steps to the process and it takes months (not weeks) to launch a line. My goal as a fashion consultant is not only to make beautiful products that sell but also to manage the complicated process for my clients. I enjoy the process and have been managing this product development and production process for 15 years. It is amazing to see your sketch turn into a final wearable product! Check out my new info-graphic about the fashion timeline. If you have any questions or need help with
I met this really great family owned business in Milan that manufactures and has traditional and unique hardware for handbags and leather goods. In fact, I liked them so much that I decided to help them to bring their business to the USA market. They have great quality hardware and I like the fact that they are a family run business and they can do smaller MOQ for custom hardware! Check out their online catalog here, and if you want to order something please feel free to contact me or contact them directly, I teamed up with them to help with the USA market. Smart Accessori If you need help with your handbag design and collection development, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I have been in handbag design for 15 years and can help you design and get your collection manufactured. We work with leather and non leather materials. For more info on handbag and accessories design check out www.tarasauvage.com Ciao, Tara Sauvage Designer Sauvage Private Label
Ciao! I get a lot of emails from other start up handbag designers looking for free advice. I don't usually give out free advice but sometimes if I am feeling generous I will blog about it or if you call me at the right time I will give out the information over the phone. Often I get asked where I get my handbags made. I don't give out names of my overseas factories, but I can list a few of my USA factories. I have made handbags with Portchester USA in Long Island City. I did like the quality and I did like the owner of the factory. He was helpful, cheerful and honest. (I can't say the same for all handbag factory owners.) I don't know how he is doing today, I will have to call him to say hello. He only makes leather handbags, so don't contact him if you want to make fabric bags. For more information please see their website www.portchesterusa.com and tell them Tara Sauvage referred you. I will add more to my list in a future blog. The h