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Esin AkanBy Esin Akan
First created
Esin AkanBy Esin Akan
First created
£151
pledged of £5,000pledged of £5,000 goal
2
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 19 2013 11:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Most of the bags found in luxury retail are found to be too large or too small, too heavy, too loud, practical but not stylish, stylish but overpriced or just impractical. We found out that the hardest bag to find is one for work. This is why we wanted to create the perfect handbag that is both practical and stylish, and that would support working women from the morning till the evening. 

Esin Akan bags are light, made with top quality, scratch free leather and can accommodate all work essentials such as laptop, Ipad, iphone, a gym kit all in an organised way. The size of the bags are carefully engineered for petite women. They are cavernous but do not look too big on you. We pay specific attention to minimise the weight of the bag to prevent back aches and make it easy for the women to carry it when it is full capacity. The design of the bag is based on  intensive research on trends of the next season through visiting international leather fairs, trend conferences and travel. You will no longer feel ashamed in a client meeting nor you will feel unstylish when you attend an after-work drinks...With EA bags we aim to make you feel stylish, elegant and smart at all times.

MAYFAIR - AMBER BROWN
MAYFAIR - AMBER BROWN
MAYFAIR - FOSSIL
MAYFAIR - FOSSIL

About The Brand

A day that starts with a client meeting in West London does not necessarily have to end there in the evening, does it? You may wish to jump on the Eurostar with your boyfriend and begin the evening in a restaurant in Paris, or at a beach party in Barcelona with your friends. Will you be ready, when life calls you?

Esin Akan Handbags are smartly designed luxury leather handbags for working women, who value their social lifestyle as much as they do their career and would like to look stylish and elegant at all times. Each piece has been designed and developed to allow for an easy transition from the office, to the gym, to a cocktail party in the evening or to a weekend break abroad.

Our brand is built with the independent, successful, multicultural woman living in London, in mind. She is driven, intelligent and cultured and values high quality, timeless and unique pieces. She does not want to compromise her style or professionalism; and she wants to be able to do it all! Be fit, professional, successful and fun. Our bags will help such women to feel confident and uplifted at every occasion they attend. Esin Akan bags empower women in a way, that their handbag need not dictate their movements or lifestyle, but rather allow them to be the creative director of their own life.

THE ERITH PURSE - NIGHT SHADOW BLUE
THE ERITH PURSE - NIGHT SHADOW BLUE
THE ERITH PURSE - FOSSIL
THE ERITH PURSE - FOSSIL
THE ERITH PURSE - HIGH RISK RED
THE ERITH PURSE - HIGH RISK RED

About the Collection

Each EA handbag and leather good has been crafted from the highest quality bespoke leather and made with the EA woman in mind. While the sophisticated exteriors help her to look elegant and chic in every occasion, the practical interior compartments help to accommodate all of her daily essentials, and the playful interior design brightens her day, every time she opens her bag. The blue and orange lining used inside the EA bags is to help remember the sea and the sun of the Mediterranean, on rainy and grey London days.

How do we do it?

The EA brand values innovation, product excellence, ethical trade & responsible business. Esin Akan works with a small team of top talent from fashion design schools in London and Italy, who all share the same vision and passion of delivering the perfect handbag. All of the collection is designed in-house in our London office, based on the seasonal trends, our customer wishes and the innovations we dream up and bring to life. We develop our own bespoke leathers with the top quality standards and manufacture the bags in Europe in ethical and responsible working conditions, with years of craftsmanship.

About The Founder

Esin Akan has worked in fashion in Paris, Milan, London and Istanbul, gaining a wealth of fashion knowledge from ten years hands on experience working for companies such as Jaeger, Duchamp, Burberry and Anya Hindmarch, - where she specialized in the global sourcing of luxury leather handbags. Esin spent many years in the best tanneries and factories in the world to produce the highest quality leather handbags for world's top luxury brands.

Esin Akan has studied fashion design in Italy and Central St Martins in London, and most recently, she is a graduate of Executive MBA at London Business School. This is where the Esin Akan handbag vision was realized. Esin Akan’s qualifications and fashion experience have equipped her with an astute understanding and appreciation of quality, design and aesthetic, as well as business sensibility, which have lead her to develop the perfect handbag, that is unique, timeless, smart and luxurious.

Awards & Accolade

Esin Akan has been the winner of London Business School Entrepreneurship Awards in 2012 and sponsored by Deloitte Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Landor Brand Agency in London.  Esin has the full support of LBS Entrepreneurship Faculty to bring the business idea to reality. 

What Next

In order to raise the first round of funding, we publicized our business on kickstarter.com. We made a gorgeous collection and we would like you to choose the one you like. The support you provide will help us to get enough volume to meet the minimum requirements of our suppliers.

With the funds raised through kickstarter, we will be able to pay to our suppliers for the production costs, invest in marketing to attract more customers and go for retail channels. 

£5,000 will help us to order the minimum number of stock from our suppliers.

£15,000 will help us to stock bags for our website

£40,000 will help us to support our marketing and PR activities

£50,000 + will help us to expand our sales and distribution

£100,000 we would be able to rent a showroom/store and have physical presence

Why support us: Because we believe in our product: It is unique, beautiful and timeless. Your support will help our business to grow and flourish, create employment opportunities for young people and help a responsible business come to life that is willing to have a social impact.

Be part of our journey!

Esin

Risks and challenges

Due to the established relationships with our current suppliers the risk of not getting your product is very very low. The only risk could be a delay upto a month or two in case the factory is loaded with orders given by other luxury brands.

There might also be tiny changes on the design to improve the look, such as the implementation of the logo or the shape of the zip puller. As we are a start-up we continuously receive customer feedback and make adjustments to improve the look and use of the bag. However, we can ensure that these tiny changes are only to make the bags look more gorgeous.

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    Pledge £55 or more About $70

    THE ERITH PURSE is perfect for your lunch & coffee breaks during work hours or your weekends when you need to go out for a short walk or shopping. It could also be used for your kindle, keys or important items to use inside the handbags. Full Price:£75

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    THE CHELSEA CLUTCH

    A hand-held evening and day clutch with a playful twist. Three compartments allow the wearer to organize their personal items with ease. The main compartment is large enough to accommodate an iPad or a tablet. This clutch comes with a cross body strap that allows the bag to be used conveniently at weekends. Retail Price: £245 - £295

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    Pledge £395 or more About $504

    The OXFORD DAY & TRAVEL BAG

    The perfect day-to-day bag with an extendable base, making it large enough to fit all of one’s essentials. A very timeless style, ideal for work days that end up at the gym or even in a plane for a weekend break. The internal compartments are designed to accommodate a laptop and notebooks as well as a gym kit and shoes. The straps are long enough for the bag to easily be carried on your shoulder. If you are an active, outgoing and creative individual then this is the bag for you. Full Price: £455

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    Pledge £425 or more About $543

    THE MAYFAIR BAG This luxurious bag has a classic and intelligent design. It features two compartments for the individual who likes to separate their professional life from their private. The back compartment can accommodate a laptop and office essential such as notebook and iPad. The front compartment could be used for personal items. Could be carried both on the shoulder and the arm. The back and two front pockets provides extra room for anything requiring quick access. The mini card holder allows quick access to your train card or office access card when you need them. This bag is ideal for the working professional who is always on the move. Full Price: £495

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