– BAG & ACCESSORY DESIGN COURSE –

 

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

– Group Class: one teacher, four students –

WERE?

At our London studio (map)

WHEN?

Please select your preferred date(s) through the button below

COST

3 or 4 session depending on the dates (16 hours in total)
All materials included
£368 – REGULAR PRICE
£184 – TESTER CLASS

LEVEL:

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

BAG AND ACCESSORY DESIGN COURSE: WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?

This fashion design course for beginners and intermediates is a uniquely structured group class aimed to support aspiring designers or designers in need of guidance in the realisation of a viable and realistic collection of bags and/or accessories.
This course allows you to develop an understanding of essential skills in accessory design and enables you to convert your ideas into reality by teaching you the steps needed in order to prototype and manufacture your collection.

 

WHY THIS IS NOT THE USUAL ‘ACCESSORY DESIGN’ COURSE

This course is designed by a team of designers, prototype makers and handbag manufacturers.
It is both a theoretical and practical course which will teach you what the industry requires from designers in order to be able to understand and correctly translate their ideas into finished products.
This course is not about creating pretty drawings, but is focused on giving you an overview on the complexity and extensiveness of the process that designing a collection of handbags requires.
The course will help you in understanding what you need to search, study, look out for, find out and decide before and during designing your styles, enabling you to avoid a long, expensive and sometimes frustrating process when it is time to prototype and manufacture your collection.

 

WHY WE CREATED A FASHION DESIGN COURSE

After years of experience in designing and developing collections for our customers, we realised that there was a substantial lack of clear information available about what designing a collection of handbags and fashion accessories truly requires and how it is achieved.
We created this course with the aim of helping the new generation of designers, as well as designers which are still struggling, in developing their ideas and empower them to clearly and correctly communicate them to whoever is going to prototype their collection.
We essentially have created this tuition based on the needs and problems of our customers, hoping to promote and facilitate creatives in the realisation of their projects.

 

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This course is designed for aspiring designers seeking professional advice from industry experts, designers at the start of their career in need of guidelines to optimise their design process or for those who are simply looking to develop their drawing techniques for their own enjoyment. No previous experience is required.

 

WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT?

Below is a list of topics covered during the classes:
– Before designing: an overview on what you should look out for, decide and understand
– An overview of what a moodboard is, how to research things like the target audience, the market placement of your products, etc.
– Understanding materials and hardware and their impact on the cost price of your collection
– Identifying the right materials for your collection
– Understanding the importance of construction
– Finishing options for your collection
– Overview of the anatomy of a handbag, lining and reinforcements
– Understanding the structure of a collection: the use of a collection plan
– Understanding the prototyping process
– Manufacturing your collection: how does it work and what are the options
– Understanding the differences and purposes of illustrations vs technical drawings
– Planning a balanced collection of fashion accessories
– Sketching a bag and an overview of drawing in perspective
– Sketching technical drawings
– Going through the product development of one design
– Providing technical information about your collection to the prototype maker

 

HOW WILL THE ABOVE BE TAUGHT:

The class will take place in person at our London studio and the lesson will alternate between theoretical lessons and practical exercises.
Between lessons some homework will be assigned to the students.

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?:

This tuition will require up to 16 hours to complete.
We aim to provide customised and high quality tuition services and by only allowing up to 4 students at a time, we are able to focus on each person needs and interests.
As every student has a different level of ability and previous experience, this course might lead some students to complete the core aspects of the lesson in a shorter time frame than others.
Students who complete the course early will be welcome to stay and use the studio facilities to exercise on the topics of the lesson.

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

Full price £368.00
Tester class £184.00
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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

Sadly, our studio is on the first floor and we do not have wheelchair facilities. We are very sorry, unfortunately, this is not within our control or choice.

 

Wifi is not provided but there is a coffee shop with Wifi nearby.
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.
Our names are Sara and Melissa and we are the founders and owners of The London Leather Workshop.
With 20 years of experience in the field, we offer services in designing, prototyping and manufacturing of leather, vegan leather and fabric bags and accessories to national and international customers, from start ups to established brands.
We discovered our passion for teaching while training people during our working careers, both in Italy and in the UK and have been training students for the past 10 years.
Through The London Leather Workshop we teach our expertise, knowledge and skills to amateur leather craftspeople, people who have an interest in developing a career in this field as well as professionals looking to improve their skill-set.
With a personal, friendly and flexible approach we support students in realising a specific project or learning skills in a variety of subjects through both private and group classes.
Despite the end of Covid restrictions in the UK, we ask all our customers to be considerate when attending a meeting or a class at our studio.
Besides the disruption to our services that being impacted by Covid would bring us, some of us are also in the high-risk category with underlining health conditions that make Covid a threat.
The studio is a small and busy environment therefore, as it is very hard to keep social distance during classes, we ask all our customers to take all possible precautions.

COVID SAFETY MEASURES BEFORE AND AFTER CLASS

– A negative lateral Covid test is no longer a requirement for our students before the lesson.
Nevertheless, we will keep testing daily and we would highly appreciate it if you could test before the class too.
– If you need to cancel your class because you tested positive or are showing symptoms, we will reschedule at the earliest convenience. In order to reschedule your lesson because of Covid, we will need to see proof of the positive test.
We would also appreciate it if you could reschedule your class if you have had contact with someone who has tested positive in the previous week.
– For everyone’s safety, we now require the use of a FF2 face mask covering both mouth and nose at all times, which we can provide on arrival if you don’t have one. If you are exempt we will need to see proof of your exemption, sent to us via email before the lesson. In this case, and in order to avoid others from feeling uncomfortable and maintain safety, it would be appreciated if you could use a face shield instead of a mask. We will provide this too, if you don’t have one.
– Hand sanitiser will be provided and everyone is required to use it on arrival. If you are allergic, you will be requested to wash your hands or to bring your own antibacterial product for your hands.
– Windows will be left open to allow for air circulation, please make sure to be dressed accordingly in winter.
– Food and drinks will need to be consumed outside of the studio.
– Surfaces will be cleaned before and after each lesson.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation in prioritising everyone’s safety in this complex time.

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