Clare Slater launched her handbag label in London in November  2015, having worked for many years in the fashion industry as a marketing consultant to high street giants Next, Marks & Spencer and Boden.

This experience gave Clare a vision for an accessible, stylish range of handbags, and she came to Designer Courses for help to realise her ambition. “I want to create a brand that represents exceptional quality at affordable prices.” she said.



Enrolling on the Design development and pattern-cutting course gave Clare the opportunity to develop and present her ideas, define her key brand concepts and finalise her first collection, and the confidence to feel ready to approach manufacturers and put her formidable marketing experience into launching her brand online.

A mere nine months later, Clare Slater London launched at London Luxe 2015.

Clare says:
'Katherine Pogson's Handbag Design course was an important starting point for my new business. It helped me to look at handbags in a different way and I gained a good understanding of how they are constructed. We worked on individual designs as well as pulling them together to form a collection. Katherine was able to tailor the course to the needs of those attending which meant that the information I came away with was just what I wanted to know. I would certainly recommend the Designer Courses to any budding handbag designer - or to someone with an interest in accessories and being creative.'

Check out Clare's website here: Clare Slater London