COLOUR OF THE WEEK ; ELECTRIC BLUE

Blue bags are hugely popular; especially with Hermes, Prada, and Balenciaga lovers.

Love Handles come in many shades of blue and this summer the most popular blue has been Electric Blue.

It’s the bright fresh cobalt blue, favourited by many women throughout the world.

 

A big colour trend in 2009, Electric Blue has proven it’s not going anywhere soon as far as handbag lovers are concerned.

 

 

 

COLOUR OF THE WEEK; MICA the colour that started it all

In 2009 I was fortunate to be able to be offered a Hermes Himalayan Birkin.

 *Note*If you're not a fan of leather or legal exotic skin handbags; please read no further.

I used this bag often; but not daily, throughout the summer of 2009; which was moderately humid.      I'm casually careful with my bags, but I was a little more mindful of this one because of the light colour and skin.

At the end of the summer, I noticed the handles were looking a little yellowish and dark.    it looked like nicotine stains on my handles, and I don't smoke.

I started to fold up a tissue and place it in the palm of my hand, whenever I carried this bag, hoping to prevent further discoloration.

I tried securing cornstarch filled paper towels around my handles at night, trying to soak up any oils deposited by my hands.    It didn't work.

I decided I would have to try and request a bespoke product from Hermes to use on my handles, so I set to work to come up with a design idea.

I tried all sorts of crazy designs, cutting them out of leather pieces I had, trying to secure them to my handles with snaps, and even Hermes ribbon.  They not only looked ridiculous; they didn't work.

After much trial and error, I managed to make a few designs that were not too bulky or noticeable.   They provided more protection on the underside of the handles where it's needed most, and they stayed put.

 After filing a patent application with USPTO I sent a sample and a request for a bespoke order to Hermes Paris.    I gave them a list of bags and colours I wanted to protect and waited to hear from them.

I  then went to work on creating my protective handles wraps to use in the meantime.

I started with my most important bag first, and after discovering that Ultrasuede® brand micro fibre was outstanding for my purposes, I chose the closest colour match to my bag; Mica.