That was the fifth woman I saw carrying the same handbag on the London Underground that day. Not to mention the cheap knock-off designs that were trying to capture some of the astronomical mark-up of these latest it bags.
I was also sick of seeing the same options in all the stores, especially when more and more articles were detailing the production of these so-called “made in Italy” brands that were actually made with low cost labour and then finished in Italy.
Besides, these would all be “out of style” and replaced by another must-have handbag in a couple months. What could I do about it though? I was working at a hedge fund and knew absolutely nothing about leather, manufacturing or design for that matter.
So back I went to work and just kept talking about it to myself and friends until one day, I finally bought a sketch book with the intention of designing my own modern styles underpinned by true, quality craftmanship. Little did I know this one step would set me on a completely different path.
Two roads diverged in a wood…and I took the one...
to the London College of Fashion to learn about handbag design.
to leaving the safety of my 10-year career in finance.
to countless trips to Italy over the years learning about leather and manufacturing, and bringing my ideas to life.
to sampling my first evening bags, only to have to re-sample them as they wouldn’t fit the latest iPhone.
to being featured in The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, Elle Magazine and others and having my handbags carried by members of the Royal Family.
to having to move my factory from Milan to Florence only a month before Paris Fashion Week.
to selling with HarveyNichols.com and running five London pop-up shops where I get to meet so many customers who love the designs I have created.
A journey that started with some sketches in 2013 has become the Stacy Chan brand. Today, I continue to design all our products with clean, minimalist construction and bold colour, using genuine Italian leather from Tuscany. All our products are hand made in Italy for customers around the world who are looking for something with distinct design and quality craftsmanship they can trust.
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