Hi! I'm Ellia! I design and craft high-fashion bags & earrings at accessible prices. I worked as a designer for nearly 7 years before finally deciding to come to the United States, study design management and open my own brand. Taking control of not only the quality, but the conditions in which employees work, the materials and creating bags in a safe, ethical way is my ultimate dream. This year I am excited to launch my first original collection: The Geometry Collection.
The Geometry Collection has 4 handbag and 8 earring designs.
Update #7 Men's Briefcase and Wallet
The wallet is a completed design, but the briefcase is the first sample, designing and sampling a men's briefcase is taking much longer than I thought. It still needs some micro adjustments. I’ll keep updating images on my facebook (elliawangluxe) and my website as it gets refined.
Earring Video Here!
I Promise: All the orders will be shipped out in the early December 2014. For all the backers who live in the US, you will have a new bag before Christmas! (Yay!!) And for the international backers, we will try to ship your order in the late November 2014, so hopefully you can get it before New Year!!
I hope to raise enough money:
To take the brand from home-based hobbyist to a real business. To pay the people who helped me so far, hire local crafts people. To more styles and colors into the collection.
This collection is inspired by paper sculpture and the interaction of light and form. The possibility of paper inspired me to create something different from the structure of bags; to create something that transcends the traditional handbag styles.
Each bag was designed from the ground up. I began by studying origami techniques, then design ideas, paper samples, revisions and finally leather samples. Each bag went though a revision process. I made at lease 3 different pattern sets and samples for each in order to tested out the best structure and ensure a look that is unique and functional.
Each of bag is made of high-quality Italian Calf leather. The texture is subtle, creamy and smooth. It's also strong and durable without being hard to the touch. I use high quality gold-tone hardware for the whole collection and keep the decor to a minimum. Half-sphere studs are the decoration. Anti-scratch magnetic snaps are extra thin just to match the style. Only non-toxic, water based glues are used in production.
Currently I'm working out of my guest bedroom, and it's stuffed with machines, tools, materials, also the business plans are posted on the wall. Having an actual studio and/or retail space would greatly improve my workflow and facilitate the design process.
I'm working on everything myself: designs, sampling, web design, marketing, procuring materials, graphic&photos, business planing, packing and shipping, paperwork and everything else that goes into a small business. While there are a tremendous number of very talented people nearby, I can only pay them in handbags at the moment. Many of them have been very generous to donate their time and their talents, but one of my main goals is to create an ethical work place, and that means hiring people at a fair wage.
I hope to raise enough money:
- To take the brand from home-based hobbyist to a real business.
- To pay the people who helped me so far, hire local crafts people.
- To more styles and colors into the collection.
This page is sooooooo long! but you are here, all the way at the bottom. I want to thank my parents, all my friends and especially you! Without your support I wouldn't have made it this far. If you like this project please share it with your friends and spread the word. Please help me bring these designs to market!
Risks and challenges
I will do the best to minimize the risks and challenges in this project.
I only offers a limited amount of bags because handcrafted bags take a long time to perfect. The delivering time is spread out over September through December. That gives me enough time to balance all the work.
I plan to hire people from my local community to help me fulfill orders. Living near SCAD I have access to a number of tremendously talented individuals with both the skill and the passion to help me in this endeavor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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