Working in this small business developed my all round skills as a designer. I learnt traditional craft from the design process to pattern cutting to using industrial machinery to produce professional handbags. I understood the costings and general running of this business and helped with bespoke orders, leather repairs and advising customers on how to best care for their products.
During my time at Texmodel I learnt about commercial fashion, how it is designed and manufactured in short spaces of time. I used a combination of hand drawings and photoshop to create bag designs, colour specs and work on concept development. I liaised with factories in China and learnt how to work with them effectively to produce handbags and custom made fittings.
This internship taught me new leather working skills but most importantly how business could run in London. I liaised with London manufactoriers and helped source the needed leathers and fittings. I learnt more about the Luxury leather industry here.