Natalya Koval

Handbag & Accessories Designer & Developer

United Kingdom
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  • Handbag & Accessories Designer & Developer
  • Handbag & Accessories Designer & Developer

About me

Motivated and hard working design professional with experience in flat Leathergoods, Handbags and small accessories design and development. I can design a collection from sketch to the prototyping and further production supervision. I thrive on the research process leading to the development of the collection but also really enjoy developping the product from patterns to the final sample for production. I am a bit of a perfectionist and can be a bit of nitpicker when time frame of project allows. One of my personal interests is crafts and various heritage dying arts that can be redesigned into a contemporary product. I have worked on projects in Africal with social enterprise. I have lived and worked in a variety of countries and have very good cross cultural communication skills and fit in well within a variety of teams. I enjoy a fast paced environment and work well under pressure and have a very positive attitude when dealing with problems.


  • Craft
  • Drawing
  • CAD
  • Product Development
  • Research
  • Sketching
  • Technical Design
  • Illustrator Photoshop Indesign
  • Ideas Development
  • Trend Research and Mood Boards
  • Pattern Cutting for Accessories
  • Prototyping Accessories
  • Adobe Indesign/illustrator/photoshop
  • Handbag Design
  • Accesories

Work history


Designer & Developer


Jun 2017
  • Freelance
  • • Collaborating on an aspirational collection of home accessories to be sold in UK/US & produced in Uganda. • Consumer trends research, market research, business proposal. • Designing consumer led product easy to manufacture in Uganda. • Working with a charity in Uganda helping women with AIDS.


Designer & Developer

Jinja Creative Collective

Sep 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • • Working as part of design collective designing a range of leather goods priced at £1800+ to be manufactured in Uganda & Europe. • Extensive design research into new materials, design development, mock ups, sampling and craft techniques. • Preparing presentations and detailed costings for investors. • Sourcing factories and artisans as well as experimenting in-house with improving bark cloth surface.




Oct 2015
  • Freelance
  • • Design & development of leather goods for men and women. • Redevelopment of existing range, improving quality and elevating design.


Assistanta Milliner

Louise Claire Millinery

Feb 2017 - Jun 2017
  • Wallingford OX10, UK
  • Freelance
  • • Assiting a milliner with 20+ years experience. • I designed a disc that was worn on 1st day of Ascot by an ITV presenter. • Blocking sinamay discs, hand-stitching trims, trimming & I designed a bespoke disc for summer collection and numerous fascinators. • Observing direct feedback from the store and designing accordingly.


Designer & Developer

Daines & Hathaway /Pittards

Feb 2014 - Mar 2016
  • Yeovil, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • In charge of men’s leather goods collection. • My direction of their collection increased brand credibility and sales. • Trend research, competitive shopping, research into vintage patterns and constructions. • Striving to achieve a cost effective, beautiful and ergonomic ‘MADE IN UK’ product. • Pattern cutting and prototyping for Dunhill, Jaguar, Land Rover, Jack Wills, Hut Group and Pickett among others. • Costings, sourcing components, putting together materials & technical packs for production handover. • Working with on-site factory to ensure a good quality product from sampling to production. • Managing numerous projects & working towards tight deadlines. • Managing workload for the design studio. • Mentoring interns and junior design team members.


Design & Development Assistant

Daines & Hathaway

Jan 2012 - Feb 2014
  • Walsall, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Designing, sampling and supervising production of 3 commercially successful pieces for the women’s range. • Sampling and preparing production of the Dunhill order. • Due do my vigorous QC the factory didn’t have any returns from this client for the first time. • Working with a large variety of leathers: ostrich, fish, hair on hide and lizard.


Design Assistant

Acompany plc

Oct 2011 - Jan 2012
  • Borehamwood, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • • Designing scarves, bags, prints and embellishments for high street accounts. • Accounts: Warehouse, Lipsy, Miss Selfridge, Shopdirect, TK Maxx & Historical Royal Palaces. • Trend research, competitive shopping, CADs & Photoshop renderings.


Millinery Assistant

Louis Mariette

Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • • Designing and trimming 3 ‘ready to wear’ hats, 2 bridal hats and 2 bridal fascinators. • Assisting with making couture and bespoke hats.


Jewellery Assistant

Melissa Diamantidis

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • • Assisting with design & production of catwalk jewellery.


Design Assistant

African Classics

Jul 2006 - Sep 2009
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Internship
  • • Working with traditional African Masai embroidery. • Creating new ideas for existing bags in African style. • Some of the styles I created were in production for several years. • Recruiting craftsmen to produce accessories for handbags. • Making silkscreen designs and working directly with production.



Sneaker Design Intensive course

Pensole Academy

Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
  • Guimaraes, Portugal
  • Was shortlisted to participate in Sneaker Design Intensive course in Portugal. Design of a concept of Sneaker from Consumer research to the final design and presentation to the judges. As part of the course had visits to shoe sampling factory and largest outsole factory in Portugal.


BA (hons) Fashion Footwear & Accessories

University of Northampton

Sep 2007 - Jun 2010
  • Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1st year - Won a Spring Lane boot design competition, had handbag selected as part of BLC competition for leather manipulation. 2nd year - had handbag & shoe design selected to be presented at ALPF. 3rd year - changed exotic skin colour and finish with help of Tannery facilities in the University Leather school. Final shoe collection was made by traditional shoe maker and bag collection was shown on Graduate Fashion week catwalk.