Handbag Hardware 2/19/2014 12:27:00 PM
My new metal bag labels and zipper pulls are in the shop and getting a great response from customers so far. I am really happy with how they turned out. These will be great as a centre focal point on the exterior of any bag, or a nice professional surprise in a lining. I know I am biased, as they are my design, but I really think these labels and zipper pulls will set your handmade bags apart from the rest. They are just cool, cool, cool and I am very proud of them! I love my bag bling...
I wanted to use the word "handcrafted" and have a wider & larger label than my original versions and so after some messing around, I came up with this design. I couldn't decide on whether or not to put black in in the lettering, so I got both. You see, I have a hard time making decisions. I plan on re-ordering the style that is the most popular and probably will not always carry both the designs with ink them and no ink in them. As it turned out, it's actually hard to see a huge difference in the "with ink" or "without" as the lettering itself is not very thick. If I had made the font a little wider, I think it would be much more noticeable. So please let me know your preference and I'll make note.
Being a Canadian girl, I started with the Made in Canada version, and created a maple leaf zipper pull to match. After designing the Made in the USA version, I decided on a simple zipper pull to match that says "handcrafted". These pulls are thinner, but a bit longer than the original "handmade" pulls and are well suited for both the exterior, interior of bags, zipper pouches, make-up bags and jackets. I like the size of these!
My Australian customers are feeling a bit left out at the moment and several have requested I produce some Made in Australia labels and if I get a big enough response, I will go for it. My biggest worry is that I don't sell a lot to AUS because of the shipping costs and so I really have to make sure they will be a popular item. I would definitely only buy one style - with ink or without.
These go in very easily. Just simply use the washer to mark the two slits that need to be made. Put the label prongs through the holes, place the washer on the back and bend the prongs over the washer. I recommend a bit of batting, felt or fleece over the prongs before you put the washer on, as this makes a tighter fit.
So let me know please - which is your preference? With Black ink or Without?