The Beauty of Bespoke

Commissions are what have shaped our creative canon at HOLLiBERRiES since day dot. There has always been something extra special about that one-off piece and creating accessories that are bespoke to our customers is what drives us. 

When Rachel saw our instagram stories of us painting 80s prints on to pieces of leather, she decided to go ahead and order herself a bespoke backpack. We had a chat about the colours that she loves and the prints that she's attracted to then Rachel pretty much gave us free reign to go wild with her chosen paints.

So, we start with a piece of leather from either off-cuts of upholstery or use the leather from a sofa! In this instance, we had the perfect piece of leather from an off-white Habitat sofa. 

After cutting the leather to shape and cleaning it with specialist leather cleaner (we usually use leather car interior cleaner) we are ready to start painting! We usually head to Pinterest for some inspiration and seen as the love of 80s was clear, that's where we went. 

We kept in touch with Rachel during the process, sharing our excitement and making sure that she was happy with the progress.

Painting completed, pocket stitched and hardware ready to rock.

Now to decide on strap colour. Rachel opted for a blue leather to match the blue flash in the backpack- great choice! 

There we have it, the completed bespoke, tailored backpack that Rachel and us designed together. It has such an 80's vibe and we love it! It's so versatile too! Can be worn with the flap up to show even more colour like so:

This bag can ALSO be a shoulder bag!!!! Just zip the straps up et voila! I know, I know, can it get any better??? 

Rachel "I love it! If my brain could talk in colour! Amazing. Thank you for being so easy on this. It's why I like going to small businesses- more love goes in to it!"