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New workshop, new job, new home!

New workshop, new job, new home!

(Photos: all mine!) As some of you already know, our life is a real roller coaster: we closed our shop in Folkestone in April 2017, moved to the Australian bush in June to try life down under. But our business is in Europe, and mainly in the UK, so we were back in March 2018 first in London where Steven received a Cockpit Arts/Leathersellers' Award. All seemed to be rolling for us. But then in April Steve was taken to A&E for a ruptured gall bladder and sepsis - 4 days in intensive care, a total of three weeks in hospital...  Add...

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How to buy the best handbag, decisions decisions

How to buy the best handbag, decisions decisions

According to The Times, "It’s like choosing a car — most of us want a mid‑sized model that will last". Would you agree? What is your favourite handbag size? Do you collect handbags or do you use ONE handbag over and over again until it falls apart?  I know that Steven Harkin Handbags owners value the craftsmanship and quality of materials as well as the looks of their handbag, and often own more than just one of his creations.  I would be very interested to know if you have a favourite handbag and which is your dream bag. Steven is working on...

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Challenges

Challenges

Interview at Cockpit Arts for a Leathersellers' Award   Last Wednesday, we were sitting in a small room at Cockpit Arts Holborn, with four persons whose decision could make a big difference in the future of the Steven Harkin Handbags brand. Our time in Australia coming to an end, reassured about Steve's mother's health, it seemed obvious to us that we needed to come back to Britain where our business started 12 years ago. We were missing our friends and our faithful customers.  So, last January, we started looking at workshop spaces in London.   Why London? London is the place that offers the most...

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Problem solving as a passion

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Problem solving as a passion

From a design idea to its realisation: handbags problem solving Steven Harkin doesn't like to say "no". His father always told him he could do anything. No wonder then, that he has become an expert in solving problems related to the making of handbags.  It probably started with fixing cars and building furniture before he discovered leather and his love for it. Last week, we were visiting his old friend from school on Lake McQuarrie: they still have Steven Harkin's very first bag, which he made for their eldest son who is now over 40! Look at that: a real childhood trophy!...

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How we started our small handmade business

How we started our small handmade business

It's all down to a great talent, a lot of determination, endless optimism and absolutely fantastic supporters: you, our friends.

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