On the floor of the studio, I am more than half way through my progress towards my first handbag incorporated around my belts. I’ve seen the timeline for producing a particular product vary immensely. The process can be as short as 2 days, or as long as 10 years. It is very funny to say that, but it is true! Sometimes I can sketch a custom belt for a client, send it to my belt factory and they can have it made for the client before her weekend trip to Los Angeles. On the other hand, I have been working on a belt since the start of my design days that I still haven’t figured out yet!
I know absolutely nothing about handbags. It’s all about the belt. For me there are several steps from vision to production that I take for creating all my belts. However, handbags are on a different timeline. After the initial sketch, I will try to draw it the final way I have decided. It’s not just the front of the bag I have to sketch; the back, bottom, straps, interior pockets, credit card slots and every trademark signature I want to include. Dimensions in the final sketch include height, width, length, thickness in stitching, spacing of stitching and most important the belt. I design how the belt will be incorporated into the handbag first, and then I design everything else around it.
Once the sample is done I personally test it out behind closed doors, I shamelessly wear it in front of the mirror, bring out my feminine side to imagine if this is what a lady would wear for their own handbag. I swing that handbag around. I give it to female friends to walk through crowded subway platforms. They take it though a personal war to fully test my product. By wearing the bag, I know what design flaws I may have created. I may discover the straps are too long or the interior pocket needs additional space. It’s my first attempt after all.
Corrections from any errors found in the first sample are implemented in the second sample. I test the second sample and, most of the time; go to the next step of the process. However, sometimes this step takes several attempts. Alternatively, some samples I create do not even make it past the sample phase, this happens all the time, you can’t be afraid of a design risk in this game. But this handbag is defiantly on the right track for you all to enjoy very soon as part of my Extra Belts collection.