What’s it like inside a handbags factory? Whenever I’m able to, I try to show you what I see as I go through my journey. Please note the above is a very cute handbag, but not one of my designs. Typically, one factory contracts with multiple designers. I’m pretty impressed with the list of designers I share this factory with! I would totally rock that above-pictured bag! =)
The making of a handbag starts with patterns. Some designers cut their own patterns and then send them to the factory. Other designers defer to the factory. In the above case, a designer has probably submitted design briefs and the samples master (his hands pictured above) is now carefully cutting patterns per the briefs.
Once production for a handbag begins, molds are created from the patterns and leathers are pre-cut. This makes assembly of many of the same bag a little easier.
There’s a fellow operating one of those machines that uses the molds to cut the pattern pieces.
This woman is smoothing down the otherwise rough edges of the leather pieces.
This man is doing the same thing, by a different method for thicker, coarser leathers.
And now assembly and sewing begins!
The woman above is using a hammer and a cool tool to punch holes into the bag for the hardware.
This guy is doing the same thing, with a different tool called a tailors awl. He’s hand-punching eyelet holes. (When I was making my own handbags at home at the start of this venture, I didn’t have a tailors awl. So I attempted to use a screwdriver instead… sorta kinda worked but not really… anyway…)
I have been quite inactive on this blog, I know, but TZ is still going forward, slow and steady. We’ve hit quite a few snafus along the way, though nothing has deterred us yet. Thanks for your continued support!