The idea from Eva from Oberstocken:
I would like a sturdy, yet chic handbag with many interior compartments. In it I should be able to transport emergency medical supplies for me as well as a laptop if needed.I have come up with the following features:
– Dimensions: 48x32x14.5 (width x height x depth), handle length about 28cm.
o Exterior: sturdy genuine leather, dimensionally stable, weatherproof, but preferably not too heavy; strong, washable bottom, possibly different leather inserts.
o Interior: colored fabric
– Interior compartments
o In the middle, a padded laptop compartment with zipper; in it should also be able to accommodate individual DINA4 documents
o Two large compartments each side of laptop compartment:
Side 1 with a compartment for a 0.5L water bottle and three additional dividers; adjacent side panel with three slip pockets (e.g. for cell phone, tissues, headphones)
Side 2 without dividers; adjacent side wall with two large zippered compartments (for notepaper with pens as well as shopping bags)
– The bag should not collapse when placed on its side
– Metal feet
– Side drawstring handles to expand/reduce the size of the bag
– Possibility to attach additional waist belt with D-rings for bicycle ride
– The bag can be completely closed with a zipper at the top
– The zippers should definitely be of good quality!
– Is there a way to remove the inner fabric for washing, for example, by removing it with an invisible zipper?
The customer's rating:
The bag is beautiful and neatly made and my wishes were almost all taken. Unfortunately, it turned out too big, because I gave the wrong measurements, but that is my fault. Thus, I can hardly use it in everyday life, but for travel. The size of the shoulder straps does not quite correspond to my ideas, that was a misunderstanding.
Thank you for your valuable work!
The story of the Custom Made Handbag for Laptop and Emergency Supplies:
Greetings from Nairobi , Kenya.
My name is Gikonyo and I am happy to provide an offer for your sturdy handbag.Special feature
Kindly advise what kind of medical suppliers you would like to carry and if there are any particular insulation thats required on the bag.We look forward to your feed back.
Hello GikonyoThank you very much for your feedback.As a diabetic, I need to be able to transport insulin as cooled as possible. For this, insulation of the 0.5L side compartment and the first adjacent subdivision in side compartment 1 would be super. Insulation of the whole bag is not necessary! Should I make another sketch?
Do you have a preferred design?
Which color of leather would you prefer we work with ?
design rather plain (see also sketch)
- outside leather in natural color (open for suggestions), possibly with embossing (open for suggestions, e.g. plant or flower motif), possibly different leather inserts
- lower part of the bag with sturdy leather, upper part of the bag may be thinner
- inside colorful fabric
Please find proposed colors :
Kikoy or Ankara linning options.
However, we will match the colors with the leather you will select.
We await your feedback.
Dear GikonyoI like the combination of picture 3 (20230723_120025.jpg) with the black leather outside and the fabric in purple tones! Do you have different fabric swatches in those colors? At most, I could imagine the colors repeating on the outside bar of the bag in some way, such as a discrete band of color on the handles or similar.Best regards,
Thank you for your feedback.Leather color; We go with black.Lining
The one available that can work with black is attached.
Yes we can accentuate the handles with kikoy in a discreet manner.
I await your feedback
Dear GikonyoThank you very much for your feedback. Kikoy is good. At best, do you have something that is a bit more in the colors purple and blue/turquoise?Love greetings,
My apologies for the delay, i was sourcing for the kikoy.Please find the image labelled new kikoy for your review.It has purple, blue and turquoise among other colors.
We await your feedback.
I like the first kikoy with the strong colors better after all! Sorry for the trouble.
Best regards, Eva
Your choice is well noted.Kind regards,
Please allow us 3 days to gather all the required materials so we can get started on the bag.Kind regards,
Great, I'm excited to see your work!
Please find the sample of black leather and kikoy lining fabric that we will use in making your bag.We will use two units of the lining and i have attached the same for your review and approval so we can get started.Kind regards,
Perfect! I am looking forward to your work!
We will get started with production and keep you updated.Kind regards,Gikonyo Stellar
I received a message that the status was updated, but I don't see it. Is there any news?
We are on track to finish making the bag by Monday August 21.We are stitching all the pieces together as we speak.I have attached the photos of our Wip- Work in progress.
Great, looking forward to it!
Progress Report.We are almost done.Please find the progress photos attached hereby.
We will add the Kikoy accent on the outside as we finalize on the top binding as well as add it in the shoulder pad for the detachable shoulder strap.
Dear GikonyoWow, this looks great already!I still have the following comments/questions:
- Does the middle compartment fit a laptop with the dimensions 26x35cm?
- The handles I imagined a little longer, but I saw that my sketch is misleading. I actually thought that the length of the loop would be 28cm long and the total length would be about twice as long (about 60cm), so you could easily carry the bag on your shoulder with it. The detachable strap would be intended as a belly strap. If that can not be changed now, then it also works with the detachable shoulder strap. But here it would be good if this was size adjustable.
- Side 1 should actually still be divided into three compartments. If that is now no longer possible, it is not so bad.
You do a great job!
We have reviewed your feedback and we have captured most of your requiements.
I will share comprehensive photos with a tape measure in the new week to show the sizing.With thanks,Gikonyo Stellar
Great, thank you very much!
Please find the full photos of the bag.Handles.
The hand handles are at 35cm all round.
To adjust them to fit a regular shoulder will require undoing the entire bag.Padded Center pocket.
The padded laptop compartment is the Center piece and closes up with a zipper as requested.
Please review the photos attached.
Thank you very much, I am looking forward to the bag!
this is Vicky the local operations manager, I received your bag and would like to include you in the quality check. I can see that Stella already sent several photos showing most parts of the bag, so the photos I have shared are only to confirm the external dimensions, but feel free to ask if there are any other parts you would like me to show. These are the different dimensions;
H- 10cmKindly go through these and let me know what you think.
Dear VickyThank you very much for your photos. Almost everything looks good so far. My only question is if the belly strap can be shortened so that when hung over the shoulder it only has a length of about 28cm (distance E)? Actually I wanted a length of 28cm at distance H, but it's my fault as my sketch was not clear in this regard.... Would it be possible to make another photo with someone carrying the bag hung over the shoulder?Love greetings,
Thank you for your feedback.The shoulder strap is adjustable with a buckle.I have also attached a photo of the bag when carried.
Thank you for your work, I look forward to the bag!
Did the photo Stella sent you answer your question now?The strap she made is adjustable even down to 28cm. I have shared a photo holding the bag at 28cm length. Kindly have a look.Best regards,
That's a good thing, thank you.
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