Ashbury hacks…..

Recently I was contacted by a lovely customer who had seen the navy and white spotty Ashbury on my shop and wanted this with a few changes.  She was after a slightly larger version of this bag, and wanted me to add in a few extra features.  She already has the Shelstone, and really liked the red trim and button pocket on that bag, and so wanted the same features on her Ashbury.  In addition to this, she also wanted an exterior zip pocket on the other side, which would sit on the side closest to her body.

The new Ashbury design makes for a really great size handbag. The larger zip opening and capacity makes it so useful and the adjustable strap means it can be worn on the shoulder or across the body to suit.  I made this with a red lining – navy and red is such a fabulously classic combination, I love it!

She then requested an Ashbury in the original size, with the same red trim and button pocket, but also wanted a zip patch pocket on the side closest to the body – really useful for tickets and essentials.  I loved lining up the spots to make sure it sat properly on the outside of the bag.

Any handbag you see on my shop can be customised to meet your wishes, whether it’s adding in extra pockets on the inside or outside, making it larger or smaller, different colourways, longer/shorter straps etc….. I’m happy to work with you to get all the details right and ensure you get the handbag that suits you.

Introducing Ashbury

A little while ago I set to work designing a new shoulder bag.  I wanted to create a design which was a useful everyday-size handbag; it needed to have a zip closing, inside pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap (so it could be worn on the shoulder or across the body).

After some sketches, pattern drawing and a prototype, I designed Ashbury, and I’m pleased to share my first photos with you…..  this purple-based one sold at the first show and the yellow and grey one sold last week!  (click to enlarge the photos).

As with all my handbags, this has the same quilted feel – the main fabric is backed with sew-in interlining, quilting fabric, a layer of cotton, and then the lining is backed with sew-in interlining as well…… These layers give the bag strength, help them keep their shape and also makes them incredibly soft.

I’ve created another one of this design in a different fabric (with more to follow in the new year) and this is available from my online shop.

As with all my handbags, I take commissions for bespoke handbags, so if you would prefer this, or any other design, in a different fabric, or would prefer inside zip pockets, a wider shoulder strap etc, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.