How to become a Handbag Maker

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: January 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Handbag makers design and produce various styles of bags and purses as well as phone, laptop and tablet cases. Bags typically range from small clutches to totes with handles, produced in materials varying from patterned cotton and woollen tweed to Italian leather and fitted with clasps, zips and other details. Handbag makers typically supply to local fashion retailers, as well as directly to individual buyers via online marketplaces such as Etsy and Folksy, and at local markets and craft fairs.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a handbag maker. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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