ilyware

fashion that's fabulous

York, England | 0 Sales

ilyware

fashion that's fabulous

York, England 0 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Last updated on 27 Mar, 2018

More products selection and information available at https://www.ilyware.com/

Christine Farion

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Christine Farion

About

Fabulous fashionable handbags and other quirky items

Since I can remember I've been a geek and from those early days of being (the only girl!) in the afterschool computer club, I've wanted to see how I could mix my love of fashion, design, and technology. For me, creating personal handbags with style and technology embedded seems the most delicious mix!

I'm lucky to be doing what I love, and with my interests in fashion and technology, it means that I:

• Shop for & buy amazing fabrics, I find fabrics that I can't resist!
• Spending time to draw out my ideas for the handbag.
• Create new ways to add pockets or design features to a bag.
• I spend time researching beautiful packaging, materials
• Every bag I make I would keep for myself - and actually, that's my test of when the bag is ready - when I find it hard to put the bag on the product page - because I love it so much, it means it's ready!

A little bit about my process...

I live in the beautiful city of York, UK (I am from Winnipeg, Canada) and for me I like to spend a lot of time looking for the right materials to create with. I get to walk down the lovely cobbled streets, where the colours themselves are inspirational, looking for wonderful materials which often inspire the bag designs.

I then love to spend time thinking of creating the surface area that I will be sewing with. How do I want to embellish it? I the material so nice that I don't want to add to it? Can I mix two or more fabrics together? What sewing techniques and folds can I add to the fabrics? I like to think of colours and textures to create the perfect balance.

My working area is a big mix of sewing kit and many different materials!

When it's all planned out, designed and pieces are cut and ironed, I then typically line them. I map out the bag area where the pockets will go and make the pattern pieces. These are typically done with several pieces of fabric and I always love making the inside of a pocket with a beautiful piece of fabric. I know that this really will only be seen by you and me but I always think of it as a nice bit of luxury.

The bags are then photographed and I plan the packaging as much as I can, it may be a gift so I'll add a hand written card too if you'd like.

The bags are always noticed when out and about, and they are a real treasure to use but also for me to make.

Shop members

  • Christine Farion

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I make delicious handbags mixing my love of design, technology & fashion ❤ Inspired by designers using materials in alternative ways. Canadian, living in beautiful York, UK. PhDork who studies Wearables, Physical Computing & Forgetfulness.

Production partners

  • Manufacture

    China

    Manufacture for me as I am unable to.

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More information

Last updated on 20 Oct, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

We can accommodate larger orders, please email me with your requirements.

Custom and personalised orders

We are happy to create personalised items. Typically they need to be paid for upfront and we don't accept returns.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Gift wrapping can be changed to meet your particular need. If it's a birthday, wedding, anniversary or another occasion, please let me know and I can alter the type of wrapping to be more personal for that event.

Seller details
ilyware
Unit 2a, Fulford Business Centre, 35 Hospital Fields Road
FULFORD, YORK, YO10 4DZ
United Kingdom