– 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
Slots available from 4 weeks after purchasing the tuition

COST

Starting from £432

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.

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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?

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

Starting from £432
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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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