Fashion  Accessories Designing :

Fashion Accessory Designing 
 
can be a very lucrative and rewarding business. 
Fashion Accessory Designers help create and produce items that add the finishing touches to an outfit, such as handbags, belts, scarves, hats, hosiery, eyewear and Jewelry.  Designers plan the production and marketing of their creations.
Some high-fashion Accessory Designers are self-employed and design for individual clients and cater to specialty stores or high-fashion department stores. They design original Accessories as well as follow the established fashion trends.

Accessory Designers perform the following tasks:

  • Sketch their ideas.
  • Draw and cut patterns to create sample accessories.
  • Select fabric and trimmings.
  • Keep current on trends by reading trade magazines and attending fashion shows. 
  • Visit textile showrooms to keep up to date on latest fabrics.
  • Arrange showings for press and buyers when the sample is ready.
  • Market their designs in their own retail stores or cater to specialty stores or
    high-fashion department store .
 FASHION INDUSTRY:
The fashion industry is huge. Each year, over $250 billion  is spent on fashion (including accessories) in the United States. Many fashion accessory designers start at home. 
Fashion can be fickle, and trying  to stay one step ahead of the fads
is nearly impossible. Creativity plays a major role in the success of the designer. 

HANDBAG DESIGNING
Handbag crafting is a hobby which has become very popular. Everybody carries some sought of bag.  Fashion bags come in affordable ones; expensive ones, big, small; seasonal, classic; vintage etc. 
Almost any type of material is used to fashion a purse, and If you think only women carry a bag, think again. Nowadays it is not usual to find a man carrying  some sought of bag. Fashion really is fickle, and trying to stay one step ahead of the fads is nearly impossible. Two basic skills that a handbag designer definitely needs is design skills and business skills. Handbag designing can can be a very lucrative and rewarding business. Below we have listed tips on getting started in a handbag designing business which can apply to any fashion accessory.
TIPS ON STARTING A HANDBAG DESIGNING BUSINESS :
STEP: 1 RESEARCH

Any good business begins with research and a business plan. You may want to begin
your research by answering  the following questions: 

  • What are the different types of handbags ?
  • Who are my competitors? 
  • Is there a handbag that exists that is similar to my potential design and
    if so, why will my potential customers buy my handbag?
  • What will I charge for my handbags?
  • How will I market my handbags?
STEP: 2 DETERMINE THE TYPE OF HANDBAG YOU WILL DESIGN AND WHY ?
  • Familiarize yourself with what goes into the design of a good handbag.
  • Research the materials you will need. Determine how you will make the handbag pattern?  If you have no experience in making patterns then you will need to find 
    out where to find a pattern maker. 
    Who if anyone will help you prepare your samples or potential production?
STEP: 3

MAKE SKETCHES OF YOUR  HANDBAG DESIGNS

Prepare a black and white sketch book of your designs for potential buyers to see.
All your ideas and creativity should go into your sketch book. Include your fabric information, style number, colors the handbags are available in and a swatch of  the fabric that will be used .
STEP: 4 CHOOSING FABRICS 
A great place to start researching fabrics is the Fabric Resource  Book - for manufactures.
STEP: 5 MAKING SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK:
You will need samples of your work to show to potential buyers. A good place to find help with putting together your samples is fashion designer students. Check your local area for schools.

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