How Designer Handbags are Made

How Designer Handbags are Made

As a shoe designer you may be called upon to work on many different soft goods projects.  My design career started with bag design, moved on to footwear design, and now I work in both fields every day.

You will find that footwear and fashion handbags have a lot  in common. Many of the design and manufacturing aspects are the same. Footwear and designer handbag materials and constructions are very similar. While shoe patterns and handbag patterns are very different they do have many of the same processing requirements.

When I saw the crew over at FASHIONARY had put together new book on bag design, I could not resist adding it to my own design library. The book is titled BAG DESIGN, and that says it all. Inside you will find style notes, detail drawings, pattern designs, spec sheets and material guides. The book is very complete. More than just designs for handbags, the book contains over 60 design templates for all types of bags from wallets, to golf bags, to backpacks and more.

You can pick up this book from Amazon.com

Learn more about making shoes:

Footwear design book Free PFD Shoe Design Book DownloadDo you want to learn how big brands make shoes?  Now you can!  How Shoes are Made will show you how modern shoes come to life! More than just a tour through a sneaker factory and more than your average shoe making book!  From drawing shoe designs to sample development and footwear manufacturing, you will learn how it is all done. Written by veteran shoemaking pros, How Shoes are Made will give you a look inside the REAL world of shoe design, development, and mass production. 220 pages with over 400 color photos and drawings. 26 chapters explaining shoe design, footwear pattern making, sample development, footwear materials selection, upper stitching, outsole and tooling design, shoe lasts, shoe costing, quality inspections, starting you own shoe brand, and much more!  A must read for young shoe designers, sneaker heads, or any footwear fanatic! See Preview Video On YouTube

Download Now! 

Print Edition Now Available!  

Table of Contents:

The Design Process, Shoe Development, Shoe Patterns, Shoe Specifications, Outsole Tooling, Development Process, Pre-Production, Material Preparation, Stitching Operations, Rubber Pressing, EVA Forming, The Assembly Line, The Shoe Last, Footwear Costing, Importing Shoes, Shoe Logo Design, Leather for Shoes, Textiles for Shoes ,Synthetics for Shoes,  Foam for Shoes, Know Your Footbeds, Material Suppliers, Shoe Designers Tools, Jobs in the Shoe Trade ,Quality Control, Starting a Shoe Company, Life at a Shoe Factory, Shoe Making Dictionary

If you want to learn more, check out our new books.

Print Editions and Instant Downloads Available Now!

E-Book edition 170 pages. PC and Mac compatible PDF file. Download Now!

E-Book edition 220 pages. PC and Mac compatible PDF file. Download Now!

Now enjoy the double download of two Sneaker Factory books.

Print Edition, 220 pages with over 400 color photos and drawings.

Print Edition, 250 Pages with over 400 color photos and drawings.

A must have for anyone serious about launching a new footwear company!

E-Book edition 170 pages. Profit margin and Size run calculators. Download Now!

Download Edition + Paper Pattern + Blue Prints and Spec sheets

Start-up Pack is all you need to get your own shoe business started.

Print Edition + Paper Pattern + Blue Prints and Spec sheets

A complete technical specification, drawings, blueprint, pattern and spec.

Computer cut shoe pattern for a classic jogger.  Factory Blue Print included.

Entire pattern size run for the Arris classic trainer, Men’s US 7-13 (Euro 39-47)

Shoe last measuring step. Measures last heel lift from 1cm to 11.5 cm.

24 inch tape specifically designed for measuring shoe lasts.

Ready to Print! Men's size 9 last. The .STL file can be scaled in X, Y and Z.

Great for checking leathers and synthetic materials. Features adjustable dial.

Beaked pincers with built in hammer face. For shoe lasting and sole nailing.

Try the first 3 chapters for Just $3 bucks! With discount code good of $5.00 off!