Carol S Miller's Profile

About

Unique and Distinctive Handbags and A Few Vintage Accessories
My handbag and accessory business evolved from my years in the NY Fashion industry. I am very lucky to have worked in an industry where I could spend many years traveling to to the fashion capitals of the world!

In the US I was fascinated by the shops that sewed my products, the machinery they used to spin yarn or create lace and the giant washing machines that created those soft denim jeans.

But, my first love has always been handbags. I love the smell of the leather, the suppleness of it and the way I can mold it to a shape I love. I also enjoy creating my own colors and patterns with the tanneries I work with in the US and Europe. In the fall, I work with wool and leathers together and in the summer, raffia and leather. Many clients have asked me how I design my products, so I thought it…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 12
  • Joined August 28, 2010

Favorite materials

Leather, smooth, printed, embossed, washed, Hair on Hide, Suede, wool blanket patterns, upcycled cottons, raffia, and straw

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About

Unique and Distinctive Handbags and A Few Vintage Accessories
My handbag and accessory business evolved from my years in the NY Fashion industry. I am very lucky to have worked in an industry where I could spend many years traveling to to the fashion capitals of the world!

In the US I was fascinated by the shops that sewed my products, the machinery they used to spin yarn or create lace and the giant washing machines that created those soft denim jeans.

But, my first love has always been handbags. I love the smell of the leather, the suppleness of it and the way I can mold it to a shape I love. I also enjoy creating my own colors and patterns with the tanneries I work with in the US and Europe. In the fall, I work with wool and leathers together and in the summer, raffia and leather. Many clients have asked me how I design my products, so I thought it would be fun to share my thought process with you!

Once I purchase a leather, skin or fabric, I work with the swatches to get a "feel" for the weight and the drape. If it is a pattern, is the pattern vertical or does it work horizontally? Can I combine it with other colors or textures? What hardware will compliment the skin?

Then, I create a sketch, it can be an update of a popular silhouette, a hobo let's say or a tote, or it can be totally new. Once again, is the leather light enough that I can pleat or gather it, or form a gusset? How heavy is the hardware, does it compete with the leather? Most importantly what do I want to be the AH HA Wow factor for the bag, the color, pattern, hardware? For me this all comes from the first ingredients, like a favorite recipe, without the best ingredients to start with, how can you make a memorable meal?

Please take a look at my bags, they are soft and plush, but also functional.

Thanks for stopping by!

I have recently added a few vintage items that I have purchased for myself over the many years of my travels. All of my vintage items are gently worn by me and of course are authentic.

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