If Kate Spade and Michael Kors can do it, why can’t we? Fashion is about combining the latest trends with creativity and personal style. We all want that piece that no one else has, that custom-made garment, shoe, or handbag. Why not put these concepts together and create your own purse? Whether you think you’re creative or not, there’s a little designer in all of us. The best part of designing your own bag is that there are actually online retailers who will do the legwork for you, you don’t have to worry about sewing and stitching. We tested out four labels that provide you with everything you need to design clutches, totes, hobos, you name it.
Essex Los Angeles
The Essex LA customizable bag silhouette is modeled after their signature clutch The Louie. One step in the design process is choosing your zipper color. You have eight colors to choose from before taking the next step in picking the color for the purse's lining. Lining colors are available in an additional set of eight. The most important of your decisions is choosing the leather for your purse. Again, you have eight choices. Each choice not only varies in color, but varies in texture as well. Distressed leathers and pebbled leathers are available in addition to the clean, traditional ones.
1154 Lill Studio
With over 40 different bags and accessories to choose from, plus over 130 different fabric possibilities, you can design a bag for yourself that is totally unique. Whether you want a new envelope clutch, crossbody bag, laptop case, wristlet, or hobo, 1154 Lill has the answer. Not only can you create your own purse on their website, but you can do your designing in person at either their Chicago or Boston boutique locations as well.
Elemental Threads, or EThreads, has been praised by many for its quality, durability, and design aesthetic. In addition, EThreads is loved for its environmental efforts, using eco-friendly and re-purposed fabrics along with recycled packaging. To design your EThread bag, first you pick one silhouette out of 15 designs. Then, you're going to choose your fabrics and hardware. You can mix it up by choosing contrasting patterns for the body, handles, and other accents. Lastly, you'll choose your lining along with zippers or snap closures when applicable.
Jenna Claire Handbag Studio's store is located in Beavercreek, Ohio, but if you're not located in the Midwest, your new handbag is just one click away. Go to their website to choose styles including totes, diaper bags, clutches, backpacks, wristlets, gym bags, and even lunch sacks. When it comes to Jenna Claire bags, depending on each one's design layout, you can incorporate as many as 8 contrasting fabrics. Fabric for pockets, linings, straps, trims, flaps, and anything else can all be decided by you. An added bonus is the thoughtful product descriptions for all the bags. Each one not only describes the product, but details its uses, capabilities, and how it can be worn.