The Design Process


I take the best features of expensive designer bags I own to create "Frankenbags." Like Doctor Frankenstein, but with a bag, meaning that I mix parts, e.g. handles, shoulder straps, zippers, storm flaps, pockets, internal compartments, etc. of each designer bag like how Dr. Frankenstein stitched together different body parts to create his perfect monster.  

I then work with the manufacturer to create paper patterns from which we cut the leather and canvas and stitch those pieces together to create a sample of the real bag.

The inspiration for the Wellington & Cromwell logo is a Spanish Doubloon Pirate Treasure Coin

Recreating the Spanish Doubloon

Logo design for metal molding

Logo design for metal molding

Paper pattern from the tech pack for the leather duffel bag
Paper pattern from the tech pack for the leather duffel bag
Early design sketch of the Adventurer SatchelEarly design sketch of the Adventurer Satchel

The design process is a bit of a misnomer because it takes hundreds of hours of collaboration between designer, developer, and manufacturing to bring a Wellington & Cromwell bag to life.

If we gave our designer free reign, he would specify that Wellington & Cromwell bags be made of dragonhide and unicorn horns.  Its the developer that is responsible for making sure that a design can actually be made into a physical object while still fully capturing the essence of the designer's creativity.

The developer then works with manufacturing to ensure that the product can be made consistently and efficiently.

This entire process at Wellington & Cromwell took thousands of hours of collaboration.  We hope you agree that the end result was a success.

Early design sketch of the Adventurer Satchel and Adventurer Duffel incorporating our adventure and exploration theme
Early design sketch of the Adventurer Satchel and Adventurer Duffel incorporating our adventure and exploration theme
Our Designer and Developer had to agree on the perfect leather and waxed cotton canvas.  This was a long process
Our Designer and Developer had to agree on the perfect leather and waxed cotton canvas. This was a long process
The winner!
The winner!
Developing a Tech Packet for manufacturing from a Design Sketch takes hundreds of Skype hours like the conversation you see here
Developing a Tech Packet for manufacturing from a Design Sketch takes hundreds of Skype hours like the conversation you see here

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