Monday, September 17th, 2012

Striking applique, detailed handwork and hand cutting in an array of vibrant colours featured across a selection of bags for Jasper Conran SS13. In a bright palette of fuchsia pink, sunshine yellow, sky blue and orange, heavy applique featured on soft leather, suede and canvas. The unusual colour mixing, trimming, heavy cotton stitching and handwork of Jasper’s designs were a step away from the norm for the Somerset-based manufacturer we used to produce the collection of bags. Established in 1826, they still use many of the traditional leather making techniques that originated in the factory almost 200 years ago.

The applique surface decoration is a ‘couture technique,’ requiring very steady hands with each bag taking around 19 hours to make, with over 10,000 stitches used. Once the applique marker had been translated into card shapes, each of the shapes was cut out of the material by hand with a scalpel, positioned correctly on to the cut bag and sewn on. A skiving and splitting machine was used to remove any substance from the leather, ensuring the precise finish of the seams.