– BAG & ACCESSORY DESIGN COURSE –

 

LEARN HOW TO BECOME A HANDBAG DESIGNER – INTRODUCTION ON HOW TO PLAN, DESIGN AND COMMUNICATE YOUR PROJECT

– Private one-to-one course-

WERE?

At our London studio (map)

WHEN?

During our working hours
View our available dates at the checkout

COST

Starting from £468

LEVEL:

Complete beginners, beginners with some experience of drawing and/or designing and intermediate designers

HOW TO BECOME A HANDBAG DESIGNER: WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?

This is a bespoke private tuition created to support aspiring and experienced accessory designers needing guidance in developing a design, creating a viable and realistic collection and learning how to design handbags for manufacturing.
This training for fashion designers will allow you to develop an understanding of the required skills, convert your ideas into reality, and learn the fundamental steps to take in order to start your own handbag line from design to market.
This fashion design course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate designers and it is bespoke to your specific needs, project and level of experience.
WHY WE CREATED A BAG DESIGN COURSE?
After years of experience designing and developing collections for our customers, we realised that there was a substantial lack of clear information about what starting a handbag line requires and how this is achievable.
We created this fashion course to help the next generation of new designers and designers who are still struggling to develop their ideas and correctly communicate them down the production line.
The program is based on the needs and problems of our customers, it hopes to promote and facilitate creatives in the realisation of their projects.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS BAG DESIGNING COURSE?
This course is not only created by a team of professional designers, sample makers and handbag manufacturers, it is also fully customised to your needs and your specific project.
We will plan the whole course based on your requirements and with the final aim of making you ready to approach a manufacturer with the correct type of information about your project.
The course will give you an overview of the complexity and extensiveness of the process that designing bags and accessories requires.
We will teach you what the sample makers and manufacturers will need to understand your ideas and correctly translate them into finished products.
We will guide you from the initial steps, helping you understand what you need to search, study and look out for, enabling you to avoid a long, expensive and sometimes frustrating process when it is time to prototype and manufacture your collection.
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
This course is created for new and experienced accessory designers seeking professional advice from industry experts or those simply looking to develop their drawing techniques.
No previous experience is required.
WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT?
Below is a list of topics covered during the classes:
– What you should research, study and decide before you start your own handbag line
– What is a moodboard and how it can help to organise your inspiration
– Overview of the anatomy of a handbag, lining and reinforcements
– Understanding handbag construction and its impact on manufacturing cost
– The importance of a collection plan to create a balanced and coherent collection of fashion accessories
– How to choose the right materials and their impact on the cost price of your collection
– Understanding the prototyping process
– Understanding the manufacturing process
– Understanding the differences and purposes of illustrations and technical drawings
– How to design handbags for manufacturing through correct, simple technical drawings and how to draw a bag in perspective
– Developing one or more designs and learn how to provide the technical information to the prototype maker
HOW WILL THE ABOVE BE TAUGHT:
The classes will take place in person at our London studio and alternate between theoretical lessons and practical exercises.
Between meetings, we will assign some homework.
INCLUDED IN THE COURSE:
You will also receive access to a collection of handouts providing relevant information, useful resources and support in continuing your designing process independently.
The handouts will contain:
– A glossary containing essential key words related to the topic of the lesson
– An illustrated glossary containing information about type of bags and bags’ features
– An illustrated guide on common hardware used in bags and accessories
– Documents about leather types, finishings, tanning processes
– Information about perspective and guides to be used as reference to develop your drawings
– A list of recommended suppliers for both leather and fittings (physically in London and online)
– A glossary containing information about leather types and characteristics
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
You should be able to use measurements and understand verbal and written English instructions.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS? IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO BRING?
Materials to exercise with are included.
Feel free to bring a notepad, if you would like to take some notes, we will provide the rest.
HOW LONG IS THIS TUITION?:
You can choose the overall length of this tuition as well as the length of each meeting based on your needs.
We are unable to estimate exactly how long you will need to complete your project as this depends on its complexity, your personal skills and previous experience.
For you to have some guidance, a total beginner who needs to learn how to create technical drawings and go through the whole development of a small, simple collection of bags would need a minimum of 20hours to bring it to completion.
NOT SURE WHAT TO BUY?:
Why not start with our minimum package of 12 hours and top up at the end of the course if needed?

WHEN CAN THIS COURSE BE ARRANGED?

As this is private tuition, you can choose the day(s) and time(s) to come and learn from us that suits you best, within our working hours/days.
Available days:
Monday to Friday
Selected Sundays (please note that the availability for these days is limited and therefore the waiting time to book a slot for these days is generally longer)
Available time slots:
Morning slot
Day slot
Afternoon slot
Afternoon to evening slot
Time slot length:
Slots are available for 2, 3, 4 or 6 hours in a row.
Our availability:
We are generally able to book you in for your sessions 4-8 weeks from when you have contacted us after purchasing the course. Please view our available dates at the checkout
Of course, we will always try to accommodate your needs and book you in the closest time possible, but we get fully booked quite quickly and therefore please make sure to contact us promptly to reserve your slot(s)!

INTRODUCTION TO DESIGNING BAGS AND ACCESSORIES – LEARN HOW TO PLAN, DESIGN AND COMMUNICATE YOUR PROJECT

Starting from £468
After purchasing your tuition you will be sent a link for you to book your preferred day(s) and time slot(s).
View our available dates at the checkout.
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FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TUITION

CANCELLATION AND REARRANGEMENT POLICY 

If you wish to cancel or modify your private lesson, please do so ASAP via email to: learning@thelondonleatherworkshop.com.
Full refunds are only offered if the cancellation is requested no less than three weeks before the event date.
We give our customers the possibility to rearrange their private lesson(s) when giving at least 48 hours notice.
In case of unforeseen circumstances, and the cancellation being requested the day before the lesson, we won’t be able to give a refund, but we will offer a 50% discount on a future booking.
In the unlikely event that a workshop has to be cancelled by TLLW, we will offer the choice of a full refund, a credit or the opportunity to book an alternative date. We will provide as much notice as possible.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Cutting material is usually done standing at a high table and you might be working with special glues, knives and with heavy duty industrial sewing machines.
If you have a breathing problem, any health condition we should be aware of or if any of the above might be difficult for you, please inform us as soon as possible.
You will receive Health and Safety instructions for using the studio and its equipment and you will be asked to sign a risk and liability form at the end of the induction.

ACCESSIBILITY

Our studio is located on the ground floor with three steps down at the entrance. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we do not have wheelchair facilities.

FACILITIES

Wifi is available in the studio.
Teas and coffees will be provided by us.
For 3+ hours long sessions we will have a 15 minutes break, for 6+ hours long sessions we will have a half hour lunch break.
There are two coffee shops and free parking spaces on site.
We run a variety of courses which are related to this topic and that would allow you to expand your knowledge. Please find the complete list of courses HERE.
We also provide the opportunity for people to practise on our sewing machines, tools and studio space.
We reserve a special discount for people who have previously been a student of ours. If you book any of our courses or our drop-in service within 6 months from the completion of a class, you will receive 10% off your next booking.
I am Sara, the director of The London Leather Workshop.
My educational background includes studies in Rome and the UK in fashion and accessory design, pattern making, garment and accessory construction, product development, and marketing and economics in the fashion field.
Alongside my work experience, I have undergone professional training in bag making in Milan and traditional leathercraft skills in Florence.
With two decades of experience in the accessory industry, I offer my professional services to startups and established brands, locally and internationally.
Through a range of private and group classes at The London Leather Workshop, I share my expertise, knowledge, and skills with aspiring leather craftspeople, individuals pursuing a career in this field, and professionals aiming to enhance their skill sets.
As industry professionals, we strive to help you acquire new skills or enhance the ones you already have to a professional level to facilitate your career entry.
Some of our courses will qualify you to receive a certificate of completion.
Our certification will significantly strengthen your CV, elevating your professional credentials.
This course does not qualify for a certificate, but we offer other courses that do.
For information on eligible courses and the process to request your certificate, please contact us.

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