Katherine Pogson offers tailor-made personal tuition in design and construction techniques for leather goods, handbags and fashion accessories, as well as consultation in many aspects of setting up and running a design business.

Katherine established her studio in 2000, and has worked as a leather consultant for fashion, interiors and product design alongside her personal practice as a designer-maker of bespoke, hand-made leather goods.  Clients have included Trussardi Milan, Nike, De Beers, Hussein Chalayan, Mulberry and Molton Brown.

An experienced tutor and mentor, Katherine works with an increasing number of emerging fashion accessory and design businesses including jewellery, costume, sport and product designers on range-development, prototyping, pattern-cutting and construction techniques for leather accessories.

Katherine can also advise on niche/lifestyle business strategies, sourcing materials, costing ranges, liaising with manufacturers, preparing patterns and specification sheets, and making prototypes and samples.

Sessions are tailored to individual needs, and can range from a single three-hour session to an ongoing series of master classes over a period of months.

Clients include those who are developing or setting up a design business, practising designers and artists from a variety of disciplines who want to experiment with a new material,  private individuals and company ‘away days’ by appointment.

Subject areas include:

  • Design development and pattern-cutting.

  • Construction and machine-sewing techniques for soft and fashion leathers.

  • Leatherworking techniques: saddlery, hand-stitching, skiving and edge-finishing for firm leather and hide.

  • Where to source materials, equipment and tools.

  • Preparing designs for manufacture.

Please call us on +44 797 000 5120, or contact us using the form below if you would like to discuss your individual requirements further.

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  • Design development

  • Pattern-making

  • Handbag construction techniques

  • Leatherworking techniques

  • Sourcing materials, equipment and tools

  • Manufacturing advice

These conversations also often cover the shape, direction and 'heart and soul' of early creative business planning, making sure that you build in the time to do the parts that you enjoy most...