I am a accessories designer specializing in hand bags; advising on trends in colour, shape, materials and finishes. I work with entrepreneurs, designers and manufactures creating product ranges.
I trained in fashion and textile design. As a student, I was really interested in printed design, colour and textures. My first job after graduation was in Como, Italy, working on prints and colourways for key silk printers. This helped me to developed an understanding how different countries see print and colour.
From Italy I moved to Denmark, working on print design for InWear Matinique. Here I was able gain experience seeing prints working not only in different fabrics but on products for men’s and womenswear. Back in the UK, I was able to apply this experience designing for the Arcadia Group and Laura Ashley.
Since then I have carried on my interest in print/colour/surface design and exploring the process of evolving ideas. This has included working with trend companies with world wide clients, and UK high street brands looking to accessories to add the excitement to their offer.
Most recently I have concentrated on handbag design, both for major high street brands and the bespoke designer market. The importance of the handbag as the key accessory is of fundamental importance to the fashion industry. It is a product that has transitioned from unadorned utility to become a defining fashion statement for women everywhere.
As a by product of my design work, I created my own course in handbag design, which I currently teach at The London College of Fashion. For further information, please see my Courses page.