Work-In-Progress: The Associate

Please note that the following handbags represent first prototypes and serious blunders. This blog documents our trials and errors and tracks our progress from inexperienced start-up to launching the Taryn Zhang brand. Please bear that in mind as you look through these photos and illustrations.

I’ve been using The Peripatetic I made, and while it complemented most non-black business-casual outfits I wore, the lack of handles made it a great pain when I went grocery shopping after work. Thus I determined that the next handbag I made needed to have handles. This one I’m working on, illustrated above, is called The Associate.

The matching purse organizer idea worked out really well, however, so I kept it in mind when making this second handbag. This one is a derivative of The Peripatetic, keeping the same rectangle template and wrap-around zipper. But I took out the I Ching hexagram idea from The First Peripatetic and kept it simple. See below pics.

So in lieu of the I Ching hexagram design, I sewed on a front pocket. The pocket works out better anyway, because when using The First Peripatetic, I found it annoying to have to unzip it every time I needed something that I frequently used or preferred to have easily accessible, like my phone or business cards.

The beige zipper on the purse organizer doesn’t match because I forgot to buy small black zippers when I went to the fabric store. The beige one was the only one I had at home. Bleh.

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