For all of you who guessed my second order-made project according to my new years’ resolutions was totally right; A work tote! Though this lady had quite some wishes… Again we sat down to discuss and soon the wishlist was made and the beginning of a design was drawn.
The Customers wishlist:
Let’s start with the long wish list. The type of leather should be brown, not light, not dark but like a medium brown. The type of leather shouldn’t be too sporty, nor too classic but also not too ‘….’. Uuuuum how do I find such a piece of leather by myself… That were questions for later since the list did go on. The bag should definitely fit her laptop, and a bottle of water and ideally also a wallet and a phone. But the bag shouldn’t be too big. Alright, noted… Most important, it should have a zipper and just long enough handles to fit over your shoulder but also it can be worn in the elbow. Preferably, when you put the bag down, it could stand on it own. This might sound to you like quite a picky customer. But this is exactly why I have started leather craft! You could never find a bag more perfect than a custom-made work tote. It is completely as you wish and with all the requirements you like!
The biggest search ever…
This customer and I go back for a while now and I think I know her pretty well! That made the search for the right type of leather even harder. I went to my ‘not-so-local’ leather shop to search for a brown but not too brown, not light nor dark but medium brown type of leather. Well, for the ones who thought “brown” is a colour description… when choosing leather it isn’t! There is just too much choice. Luckily for me, I had some time and I would definitely know when I found the perfect type of leather. So let the search begin.
It’s funny how to translate a personality or personal preferences to another. I know the customer well but the shop assistant wanted to help. I think she must have thought… “poor girl all those different shades of brown leather (even more than 50) let’s give her a hand”. I knew what I (or my customer) didn’t want but it’s quite hard to describe what I did search for this time. But eventually the shop assistant got to know my customer as well by my approvals/disprovals/maybe’s and she was the one who found the perfect piece of leather. That’s THE ONE! It took some time but I think my customer will love it as much as I do!
And now the final design
Before I actually make the final design, I search for some inspiration. I love Pinterest as you might know by now and it is quite handy with customers. You could share a board, or send them some examples of to explain what your inspiration is about. Finally, we’ve got a mix of an old-fashioned lunch bag, a laptop bag and the details are discussed with my newest book ‘Bag Design’ by our side. Because you will have to think about everything; what type of handles, where to place the zipper and what should the bottom look like…? Above some of our final inspirational pins are shown…
Now it’s time to continue in the next part of the design process, I will make a paper version of the work tote! Let’s see what my customer thinks of it.