Discover the female makers setting next season's biggest trends

Feature in Stylist Magazine online, October 2017

While beautifully handcrafted leather bags have long been a wardrobe staple, shoppers are becoming more aware of the advantages of buying directly from an independent maker. Designers running their own micro business are often able to customise a product to suit a buyer’s needs – for example, changing a strap detail, adding monogramming or using a different colourway. With this approach, you can finally make the dream bag you designed in your head a reality.

Pioneer midi shoulder bag in tan, £245, created by Becky Cocker of CARV