Stephanie Wacey - Stephanie Wacey

Finalist of the The Singer Simplicity Best Handmade Handbag

United States

2012 Finalist Stephanie Wacey Stephanie Wacey


How are your bags made? (e.g. hand-sewn, knit, crocheted, sewing machine, etc.)
Sewing Machine

What is the primary material used?
Lamb and Calf Leather

Do you make all of your own bags?
Yes, I pattern make and sew

If not, please explain who helps you make your bags.
I make my bags

What is your design inspiration?
I can find inspiration anywhere. I enjoy photography so images always spark ideas. I love New York City! The food to the street fashion, libraries and bookstores - the list is never ending. What is there not to love about New York?

Where and how did you learn to make bags?
Ryerson University and Fashion Institute of Technology

Do you use a Singer Sewing Machine? If yes, which one and if not, which brand?

Have you ever used a Simplicity pattern? If so, how often?
Yes, in Elementary and High School but I make all my own patterns now

What was your inspiration for this bag?

What are the retail price-points of your line?

Do you change your silhouettes and materials every season?

What other handbag designers have inspired you?

Where are your bags currently sold?

Have you ever presented your line to Saks before? If so, what was the result?

Have you ever purchased a Kenneth Cole bag, if so when?

See other finalists from the 2012 handbag awards