As I was doing research for this question I learned there were quite a
few hand bag startups. Here's hoping yours is a success.
First, since you mentioned your less than complete knowledge about
handbag manufacturing I thought I'd start with this article on how a
group called SCORE helped another women get into the hangbag industry.
The SCORE Association is a national, nonprofit association with 10,500
volunteer members and 389 chapters throughout the United States and
its territories. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small
Business Administration. They have a good deal of information on their
site that might be of help to you.
As for manufacturers, here's what I discovered. There are many foreign
contract manufacturers for handbags. I did not add any, but if you'd
like I can do so.
In the United States, I found two.
The first is a company in Maine called Belfast Accessory that has been
manufacturing handbags and other accessories for 15 years.
One neat thing about their site is that they provide some FAQs about
their business. They talk about the design and materials. Apparently
they can either use yours or their materials, so it seems as if your
desire to use your customer's material and their trimmings and
hardware is a possibility.
Second on the list is Bearse Industries which advertises itself as
"Bearse USA is the premier manufacturer of Quality Sewn Products that
carry the Made in USA label. Since 1921, we have specialized in
made-to-order products that meet the needs of several Industries!"
Again, they seem to fit your needs regarding materials. In their FAQs
they say Does Bearse USA supply all of the raw materials required to
make an item?
"We are very flexible with the procurement of raw materials for your
Apologies, the most I could find out about Anya Hindmarch.
arch b. 1967 UK handbag designer who got her big break designing
for Harpers & Queen. This allowed her to start up in business with her
first london shop opening in 1993. She now has several shops including
a Hong Kong branch. As well as supplying many department stores, she
also produces bags for Dries Van Noten and many Brit designers. Every
year she develops a new range giving her designs women's names like
Maud or Martha.
It's difficult because there was not even a contact email or phone #
on her website.
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