Style It: Tribal Print Bookbag

Ask any designer and they'll tell you the best part of working in the accessories industry is the swag. I have received many different types of high-end handbags from prominent brands in the past that I wear and give to friends as gifts. The funny thing is that nothing ever feels quite as good as wearing something that you've made with your own hands.

I call that "Maker's Swag" LOL

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If you like this bookbag, you can find it in the Shop. It's made to order and served hot and fresh. 

XOXO, 

Charanor


Tribal Print Bookbag - Handmade by Charanor / Shoes - Clarks / Dress - Forever 21 / Hat - Forever 21 / Sunglasses - NYC Street Vendor / Scarf - NYC Street Vendor

Photo Credit: Aaron Anish

Finishing Touches: Tribal Print Bookbag

I made this bookbag some time ago and later decided to add the finishing touches to get it ready for its' closeup.

Tassels are easy to make and very on trend this season so I decided to add a couple as dangling accessories to this bookbag.

In general you only need to know four steps to make a Tassel: 1) Mark it, 2) Slice it, 3)Roll It, & 4) Add the Hardware.

Adding tassels to a bookbag is like sprinkling it with *Instant Chic*.

The final three steps I took were as follows - 1) Laced up the bookbag with a padded leather drawstring 2) Added a sliding leather keeper 3) Added two silver end-caps to the drawstring ends for a clean finish.

The final three steps I took were as follows: 1) Laced up the bag with a padded leather drawstring, 2) Added a sliding leather keeper to the drawstring, & 3) Finished the drawstring off with silver metallic endcaps for a refined look.

All packed up and ready to go :) My favorite feature of this book bag is the full grain black leather against the colorful tribal printed canvas. Stay tuned for my next post where I style it up and rock it around the city.

Until Next Design,

Charanor


Graduation: Under The Gown

Everyone can relate to drowning in finals right before graduation, right? So you can understand why I didn't even realize that I needed a new graduation outfit until a few days before the big event. My friends were sitting around casually passing around pics of the outfits they had ordered weeks in advance and then it hit me - "What am I going to wear to graduation?!?"

I picked out the shoes I wanted to wear and then built my outfit from the ground up. I'm so glad that I chose these strappy wedges because the graduates stood in line for an hour and a half waiting to walk down the aisle. 

From there I went with a navy shadow stripe A-line skirt and a mint green sleeveless peplum top. I've never met a peplum that I didn't like :)

As a handbag, I chose this red structured envelope clutch that I made myself :) I'm so obsessed with the color red that I just. can't. even..Lol

All smiles as usual but even more so for this special occasion :)

Cap & Gown!!! - I am officially too cool for school :) 

Blessings & Success, 

Charanor


Envelope Clutch - Handmade by Charanor / Shoes - Nine West / Skirt - Forever 21 / Top - Forever 21 / Sunglasses - Lilly Pulitzer

Photo Credit: Aaron Anish

Bow Tie Pop

I have this hand painted envelope clutch that I made as part of my very first collection and I've been searching for the perfect accessory to bring out the subtle pop of red included on the bag. 

At first, I thought a red lip would do the trick and then I decided to take it to the next level by pairing it with this bow tie that I just made here

Peek-a-boo.

I think the smile works better than the #RBF :)

The finished look. 

XOXO, 

Charanor


Bow Tie - Handmade by Charanor / Shirt - Forever 21 / Skirt - INC International Concepts / Envelope Clutch - Handmade by Charanor

Photo Credit: Mika V.

Leather Bow Ties

Last week I had a couples of orders for leather bow ties so I decided to make one for myself while I was already in the bow-tie-flow. 

First, I cut out the patterns. I also tried a new nail polish during this time, I think I like it :)

Next, I traced the patterns on the leather and cut them out with my rotary blade - which totally looks like a pizza cutter. 

At this point, I used my skiving knife to thin out the edges for turning. Leather can be very thick sometimes and skiving helps reduce the bulk around the edges. 

I added top line tape to the edges I wanted to turn..

and then turned them with my bone folder, look how neat they are. I get really OCD about the details. 

I glued the front and lining of the bow ties together...

..and then used my rotary blade again to slice off the edges so they look nice and straight.

In between bites of Ben & Jerry's vegan ice cream, I sewed all around the edges of the bowties. 

I attached the hardware to the strap to make the bow ties adjustable around the neck for a comfy fit. 

Squish Squish, time to start molding the leather into the shape I want...

..and attaching the strap to the bow. 

The very last step is to tack down the ends of the glued pieces to secure them permanently. Leather is super thick so I had to punch a hole with my awl to get the process started. 

The finished product. I love how shiny the gold is and red is my favorite color. I also love the crisp smell of buttery soft Italian leather so it's safe to say I love everything about these bow ties :)

Until Next Design, 

Charanor


Print Kimono

Thrift shopping is really in style these days and I like finding good deals just as much as the next Twella so I'm definitely on board. Over the holiday break when I was visiting my parents in South Carolina, I spent a fun day out thrifting with my Mom. Along with the beautiful weather (75 degrees) and great company (Mom) the highlight of this day was finding this awesome printed kimono that I bought for $4.50. Yes, you read that correctly - $4.50.

I dressed this Kimono down with a pair of comfy jeans that fit like a glove, 

a leather stretch belt that I made myself, 

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and my freshly finished black combat boots, check out the post where I described making these boots here.

The finished look. 

XOXO, 

Charanor


Kimono - Salvation Army / Jeans - Forever 21 / Leather Stretch Belt - Handmade by Charanor / Black Combat Boots (Women's Size 12) - Handmade by Charanor

Photo Credit: Miso Lee

Black Leather Combat Boots

Black leather combat boots are simply a Fall/Winter staple for any Twella. Would you believe that I could not find a pair of cool black leather combat boots anywhere in a women's size 12?!?... I couldn't believe it either.

On two occasions, I ordered a pair of black combat boots on the internet. When they arrived in the mail something was off with both of them. Either the silhouette was an odd shape or the material looked too cheap. In both cases, I had to pack the boots up and ship them back for a refund *cha-ching*. 

Finally, I just decided to make my own. It's a good thing that I'm a shoe designer.

First, I looked through my collection of leather skins and chose which color I wanted my boots to be. Black is always a winner. 

Then I cut the patterns and cut the leather. This is my personal sewing machine, we're in love and I'm the jealous type. 

After the leather was cut, I sewed the pieces of the upper together. 

Then it was time to last. 

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Lasting is the process of fitting the shoe around an object that is the shape of a human foot. After the shoe is lasted, it's time to put on the sole. 

TaDa!!! The finished product - 3/4 View. 

She is so cute - Side View.

She looks good from every angle - Front View. 

This is me taking my women's size 12 Black Leather Combat Boots out for a test run around the classroom - obviously we keep it very tidy. They fit perfectly!!! Stay tuned for a style diary featuring these boots I made.

Until Next Design, 

Charanor


Photo Credit: Den Ly

3D Printed Shoe

I recently designed and constructed a shoe that was printed with a Makerbot 3D printer. It was my first time working with a 3D printer so the process was pretty cool and very interesting. 

First, I did a few pencil sketches of some designs that I would like to have created with a 3D printer. 

I picked my favorite sketch and then recreated it on the computer in the Illustrator program. 

I handed my Illustrator rendering off to a jewelry designer that I partnered with named Vitaliy. He converted my 2D Illustrator drawing into a 3D file using the Rhino computer program. 

The 3D Rhino file was then fed into a Makerbot and printed out. 

It took a little trial and error to get it to print out just right. Not bad for the first try. 

The shoe was made to fit on a real foot so it had to be printed in two pieces and then glued together.

I knew I wanted to paint it a different color so I used white spray paint as a primer.

The shoe was then hand-painted a lustrous gold color.

The last step was to cut the straps and insole out of a rich purple hide and attach them to the shoe. 

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As an added bonus to this awesome project I had the opportunity to get a Doob of myself made. A Doob is a tiny figurine that is made in your own image. The first and only step is to stand in this room and have your picture snapped by several cameras all at once. The cameras are positioned from head to toe and 360 degrees around your body to capture your unique likeness. 

A few weeks later my Doob was delivered. I'm in love with her and she even has a little bit of sass like yours truly :)

The fun never ends. I can't get enough of this :)

The fun never ends. I can't get enough of this. 

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Me, my shoe and my doob all on display at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Words can't express how delighted I am with the finished product so I'll just spell it out - L.O.V.E. 

Until Next Design,

Charanor


Photo Credit: Vasi King