bridesmaid gifts

Work Space Feature: ANGEE W.

What is your name?
Angee and Vincci

Angee creating in one of our design brainstorm session.
Angee creating in one of our design brainstorm session.

What is your shop URL?

Angee hand sewing and hand beading Alencon lace and freshwater pearls onto a clutch bag
Angee hand sewing and hand beading Alencon lace and freshwater pearls onto a clutch bag

Where are you located?


Vincci sewing up a sample on our trusty 1970s Singer 288 sewing machine

How many years have you been in business, or have been a designer/artisian?

6 years

Angee cutting lace for a black lace clutch

Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.

Six years ago, we started our handmade clutch bag business on our trusty 1970s Singer sewing machine and since then moved onto a second hand industrial Brother sewing machine, an Elna for our more delicate works and a brother embroidery machine for our personalization and customization work.

The tools we use for our clutches also include several pairs of good tailer’s scissors, tailor’s chalk, pins and rulers (precision is a must for the impeccable construction of clutches — crooked clutches drive us nuts!)

Our Elna for our more delicate work with laces and tulle

What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?

Staying creative is hard especially that we are just two people working on the clutches, shipping and packing in addition to customer service. But once every season, we indulge in 1-2 weeks of material searching and market research to see how we can have our design complement the current bridal trends.

We also use our spare time during low wedding season to explore outside the box of traditional wedding materials to bring innovation into our work.

Trusty metal plate of pins and chalk place on top of our sewing machine, plate is secured with a piece of magnetic.

Tell us about your most recent project

Our most recent project included personalized minaudière or hard clutches. They are a pleasure to make and we are surprise by ourselves who we haven’t started this earlier. They will soon be available in December 2014.

Also, on the side, we are researching on new innovative materials that blends in technology and electronics in bridal accessories. We can’t tell much yet as we are still in the prototyping stage. But we know we are in the right direction and we’ll be launching something quite unique in Spring 2015. So, do stay in touch by liking our Facebook page, Instagram, twitter, and Pinterest.

A spread of our tool box and other stuff.

What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?

Since we are two living in two cities. Angee, who is in Toronto, would start her typical day at 8 am in the morning and she’d start crafting photos onto the lining and preparing the shipping labels and packing clutches that we are ready for the post office. Lunch is at noon. The afternoon are mostly dedicated to making photo lined or customized clutches as well as checking out the fabric stores on Queen Street West Toronto for supplies that she’d need. Angee’s work day usually ends at 5-ish when she’d start preparing for dinner while spending some time with her niece’s one year old.

Vincci, who lives in Hong Kong, would start her day at 8 am with dropping her daughter to a playgroup, where she’d spend about 2 hours taking care of Etsy convos in the waiting room of the pre-school. She’d usually have lunch with her little one before heading out with her laptop to a coffee shop or to a local library for her marketing and promotion duties. Sometimes, when the little one naps, she’d spread swatches of fabric and laces out on the dining table and start designing within the 1.5 hour time frame of her toddlers naps! The afternoons usually is a mix of her toddler designing with her or her crashing onto bed at 7 pm after a long day of meetings out with clients. She is very thankful that she has a fully supporting husband who also works at his own time. But life is a big happy juggle.

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The Bridesmaid Handmade Gift Guide 3: Alternative Ideas

There’s a world of unique handmade bridesmaid gift ideas beyond purses and jewelry. Here are five alternative handmade ideas guaranteed to make your bridesmaids smile:

Fashionable. Handmade hats, shrugs, wraps and other clothing accessories can be a welcome gift from your bridesmaids. These are often the items we don’t buy for ourselves. Yet they make our outfits sing. {Handmade by}

Unexpected. Handmade housewares and glassware can be unique and beautiful enough to become treasured heirlooms. {Handmade by}

Personalized. Many gifts become more special when you add their name. Personalized stationery is no exception. {Handmade by}

Sentimental. There are some gifts only you can give: memories. A meaningful photo or multiple pictures presented in a special way is sure to be treasured by your bridesmaids. {Handmade by}

One of a Kind. The great thing about handmade is that you can often have unique things made just for you. Commissioning a piece that just you and your bridesmaids own links you together forever. {Handmade by}

For more handmade originality with bridesmaid gift ideas, browse the Etsy Wedding Team artisans (listed on the left).

Bridesmaid Handmade Gift Guide 2: Jewelry

Jewelry. It’s the classic bridesmaid gift. And for good reason. Years after your wedding day, your bridesmaids will be wearing your gifts and thinking of you.

It may be traditional. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still surprise your bridesmaids with jewelry. Here are five ways to spice up that classic gift with handmade designs that they’ll treasure for years to come. {Handmade jewelry by}

Glam it up. Added sparkle can go a long way. Two or more gems and stones that usually shine on their own really make a statement when put together. {Handmade jewelry by}

Round it off. Contemporary shapes add a sleek, modern look to jewelry that easily goes from day to evening. {Handmade jewelry by}

Wear art. One-of-a-kind designs for one-of-a-kind bridesmaids. Unusual and distinctive jewelry can make your bridesmaids feel like one in a million. {Handmade jewelry by}

Modernize the materials. You aren’t limited to gems and pearls. Metal, blown glass and other materials can also be intricate and beautiful as jewelry pieces. {Handmade jewelry by}

Mix old with new. Vintage jewelry can be a personal way to thank your bridesmaids. And when paired with newer jewelry or jewelry pieces, the result can be quite unique. {Handmade jewelry by}

For more originality with bridal jewelry, browse the handmade jewelry by Etsy Wedding Team artisans (listed on the left).

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