Natasha Gilliam - Natasha Gilliam

Finalist of the The Mr. Bag by American Leather Co.

Great Britain

2020 Finalist Natasha Gilliam Natasha Gilliam


Do you currently have your own brand or collection?

What is your personal aesthetic and does it influence your design?
I love luxury and well made products . Interesting shapes and bold colours draw me in , however I also love how a simple product become striking on its own .

Why did you decide on this design? What makes this a men's bag influenced by the American Leather Co.'s aesthetic?
I am very interested in mens fashion . It was so interesting and fun to design as the American Leather company's website only holds women's products . Therefore it made it more exciting to design a mens product .

Why did you select these particular materials to work for your sketch?
I selected a cowhide leather as I want the bag to remain sturdy yet have a relaxed feel to it . It also can take a lot of wear and tear so can be used for many years .

What can you contribute to the American Leather Co. brand? Do you follow American Leather Co. or Aimee Kestenberg on Instagram?
While mainly sticking to similar shapes I have seen on your products I have added slightly new shapes to the bag . This could bring something new to your brand whist the product still holds the American leather co DNA . I often visit your profile and found it very helpful in the design process . It has such a clean and relaxed vibe which is something I tried to bring through on my design . This contrasts Aimee Kestenberg's Instagram which displays vibrant pops of colour .

Bag description
Mens cross body bag By Natasha Gilliam Retail Price, 145 Pounds, Material - Cowhide leather

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