PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

Design a Handbag
Collection

Learn how to plan and design a cohesive accessory collection and smoothly communicate your ideas to a manufacturer.

Design a Handbag Collection with the London Leather Workshop

Instructor

London-based leather Studio Director, prototype maker, and manufature manager with over 20 years of professional design experience.
Sara Battiston - Design a Leather Handbag Collection - The London Leather Workshop
Sara Battiston
Fashion and Accessories Designer

Format & Duration

Access to ~3 hours of detailed, video instruction across 3 individual lessons – easily viewable on common digital devices. Includes downloadable PDF files of lists and guides referenced in the course. Students should have internet access.

You’ll also be able to schedule a 1/2-hour live video consultation with Sara, the instructor.

Target Student

This course is designed for aspiring designers seeking professional advice from industry experts, designers at the start of their career in need of guidelines to optimise their design process or for those who are simply looking to develop their drawing techniques for their own enjoyment. No previous experience is required.

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Course Details

Design a Handbag Collection with the London Leather Workshop - Desk View

Overview of What You Will Learn

Initially you will learn what to research, understand and look out for before starting to design your collection.

Then you will learn about creating a moodboard, understanding the importance of handbag construction, types of finishing and decorative-functional details, considerations for the crucial aspect of choosing materials and fittings, how to design the different technical views of a handbag, how to create 3D drawings, how to smoothly communicate technical information with a manufacturer and much more.

This course allows you to explore your creative side, develop an understanding of essential skills in accessory design and enables you to convert your ideas into reality.

Why This Is Not The Usual ‘Design Your Collection’ Tuition

This 3 hour long course is designed by a team of designers, prototype makers and handbags manufacturers.

It is both a theoretical and practical course which will teach you what the industry requires from designers in order to be able to understand and correctly translate their ideas into finished products.

This course is not about creating pretty drawings, but is focused on giving you an overview on the complexity and extensiveness of the process that designing a collection of handbags requires.

The course will help you in understanding what you need to search, study, look out for, find out and decide before and during designing your styles, enabling you to avoid a long, expensive and sometimes frustrating process when it is time to prototype and manufacture your collection.

Why We Created This Type of Course

After years of experience in designing and developing collections for our customers, we realised that there was a substantial lack of clear information available about what designing a collection of handbags and fashion accessories requires and how it is achieved.

We created this course with the aim of helping the new generation of designers, as well as designers which are still struggling, in developing their ideas and empower them to clearly and correctly communicate them to whoever is going to prototype their collection.

We essentially have created this tuition based on the needs and problems of our customers, hoping to promote and facilitate creatives in the realisation of their projects.

What This Course Includes

Once the course is purchased you will have access to a streaming link and you will be able to watch the videos at your pace, as many times as you wish, for 90 days.

Besides the access to the videos you will also receive access to a collection of handouts providing relevant information and useful resources.

Furthermore the purchase of the course will also entitle you to a half an hour video consultation with the teacher to discuss your project and answer any questions you might have.

How the Topics Will be Taught

During the video, the teacher will explain and show the techniques in easy to understand English and the video will also be fully subtitled in English.

New methodologies and terminology will be explained to you so that they are clear and easy to understand even if this is the first time you approach the topic.

Meet Your Instructor

My name is Sara and I am a designer-maker and the co-founder of The London Leather Workshop.

I graduated in fashion and accessory design and after 20 years of experience in the industry I built an extensive range of skills on both designing and manufacturing sectors, with a particular focus to leather and vegan leather goods. 

At The London Leather Workshop, I assist startups and established brands with their design development and prototyping creation and I run a wide selection of workshops at our London studio and online.

The London Leather Workshop is also an active part of the design community:

  • On the shortlist for the Best of Royal Greenwich Business Awards
  • Are Mentors for the Prince’s Trust
  • Is a Member of Heritage Crafts

Course Curriculum

This course includes several downloadable PDF documents, including:

  • A document explaining the structure and topics of the course
  • A document showing examples of accessories and handbag anatomy/construction
  • An introduction into leather types and features
  • A list of common fittings used in handbag making inclusive of images and descriptions
  • A collection of images to inspire your design
  • A list of common seams and edge finishing techniques inclusive of images
  • A list of reputable suppliers to buy leather and fittings from (in London and online)
  • A summary of the One Point Perspective lesson with reference images
  • Additional information in regards to the SWOT analysis and a template to do your own

 

In the introduction I’ll share some of my background, then dive into the approach for the course, it’s structure, how you’ll learn, and the steps we’ll take.

In this step, we’ll explore the importance of understanding your audience, searching your market, performing research, and studying the market and your competitors.

Here, we’ll go through defining the overall look of your collection, planning number of pieces, what they are, pricing, materials, and more.

Design Aspects of the Collection - Design a Handbag Collection with The London Leather Workshop

Here, we’ll explore what moodboards are, how to create them, types of moodboards, arrangements, digital and physical versions, and how they directly inspire your collection.

Moodboard - Design a Handbag Collection with The London Leather Workshop

We’ll start drawing the collection using a Collection Plan. It will include key elements of the handbags and the collection, range, looks, and opportunities for iteration.

Create a Collection Plan - Design a Handbag Collection with The London Leather Workshop

Here we’ll look at creating designs that can be communicated to manufacturers. This is through illustrations, technical drawings, the tools we use, and drawing the external views.

Technical Drawings - Design a Handbag Collection with The London Leather Workshop

In this lesson we’ll go through drawing your bags in detailed perspective, one point perspective, and how to approach drawing the internal views of your designs.

Draw Bag in Perspective - Design a Handbag Collection with The London Leather Workshop

Each student has the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute design consultation call with me. We can talk through anything related to the course, your approach, and related design questions you might have.
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Materials & Tools Required

To complete this course you will need the following drawing tools:

  • Pencil or retractable pencil
  • A4 Office paper
  • A3 paper and graph paper (optional)
  • Eraser
  • Pen eraser (optional but recommended)
  • Kneadable eraser (optional but recommended)
  • Light pad (optional but recommended)
  • Ruler
  • Grid ruler (optional but recommended)

FAQ

This course is designed for aspiring designers seeking professional advice from industry experts, designers at the start of their career in need of guidelines to optimise their design process or for those who are simply looking to develop their drawing techniques for their own enjoyment. No previous experience is required.

Once you complete the purchase and are logged in, you will see a menu option appear for this course under “My Courses”. There, you can click to enter the course, view the lessons, and then progress through each one at your own pace.

As a digital item where all assets are delivered instantly, there are generally no returns. We think you’ll find a lot of value in this course and what you can learn from it.

The course is on our responsively-designed platform, so it can be easily viewed and enjoyed on most common digital devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices that have an internet connection.

You’ll have instant access to the course 24/7, for 90 days from the day you first enroll.

Sure, you can email me at:

learning@thelondonleatherworkshop.com

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