Julia Cunningham

Handbags, accessories and gifts designed and made in Scotland

How to commission a bag?

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Commission for a customer in Wales with  a long strap

Commission for a customer in Wales with a long strap

You might have thought to yourself. I like those bags but I would like one in a different colour or fabric or I would like one with a different handle or strap. You might like something bold and funky in a mixture of fabrics or just something simple and elegant. You might also have a bit of fabric that you treasure just sitting around waiting to be made into something special.

The first step would be to contact me, you can phone , e mail or send me a private message on social Media and just tell me what you were thinking. I would get back to you and let you know if it was possible. I currently make 13 styles of bag so there is plenty to choose from you and can find them all in The Handbag section of my website www.julia-cunningham.co.uk/the-handbags. It is possible to mix and match some of the styles.

I would then give you a price and postage costs and at this point you can decide if you want to go ahead or not. If you decide you will go ahead then we would look into the design and colours. You could visit the studio and choose the fabric yourself or I can send you images of the fabrics I have in stock. I have a great range which I have collected over the years.

When you have chosen a bag and the fabrics you like including lining colour we can discuss strap length. Is your bag going to to be a handbag, shoulder bag or worn across the body. We would also look at the closure some bags can have just a magnetic closure if you are not so keen on the large buttons.

You can also choose button colour and style, there are the large over-sized square and round buttons or I can hand-cover one for you in the fabric of your choice. In some of the bags it may also be possible to put in a magnetic closure with or without the button detail.

Here is an example of a recent commission for a small collection of work for Historic Bemersyde House an in the Scottish Borders which is owned by the Haig family. I was asked to make this collection in the Family Haig tartan with a lovely contrasting tweed. A number of bags and purses were chosen with magnetic closures and buttons.


Commissions dont have to be for collections they can just be for individual bags this one was all done online as it was for a customer in Sweden. She had seen something similar on my website. She wanted a larger bag and in similar colours.


Step 1- Look at the handbags and have a think about what you would like

Spep 2- get in touch and we will look at costs, colours and fabrics and design

Step 3- I will make your bag then send you images once complete

Step 4- You pay for the bag and I will send it out

It can take 2-4 weeks perhaps longer if I need to order in some fabric.

Tartan Bag Commission for a shop in California

Tartan Bag Commission for a shop in California