The best thing about leather items it that it is a great gift for both! A weekend bag, a phone case or a toiletry bag, it is often a unisex item. Ofcourse not many men will go for the pink kelly-bag or ladies for leather suspenders, but often it doesn’t matter who the gift is for! But if you would design for not a specific gender… what should you think about?
Today I wanted to show a little project, which was one of my first projects. I totally forgot about the photographs I took back then. But it also shows the progress you can make in a few years time in the choice of leather, finishes and stitching techniques ;). This is an iPad or tablet case for him or her. Since it is made of a neutral color leather (read: no pink leather for example), it can go with any choice of clothes. Whether it is a big fluffy sweater dress or a neat and slick suit.
The classic wrap style of this case with simple lines makes it an item that will always be an addition to your collection. It will never go out of style. It is an item that you can get from generation to generation. And with the natural type of leather, it will patina even more beautiful over the years. Go back to the classics. Look for a style you would still like nowadays and you probably will like for the years coming.
Design for unisex
In every design, there are design choices you make with a certain customer in mind. Try to think while designing, what would a man think of this design, and what about a woman? Ask opinions on your designs from both sexes and see if you are biased to design for a certain gender. You can design it on purpose for women or men but also on purpose for both.
With Christmas or Sinterklaas (a Dutch holiday) we play a game where everyone hands-in a little gift. The game is played with a dice which tells you who gets which gift or which task (like unwrap the gift but give to your left). After a while, the game is played. Well, at least you will be sure, with a unisex gift like this, anyone will be happy!