Product of the month - Inala Crossbody.
This month’s ‘product of the month’ is the Inala Crossbody. In this blog you will learn more about how this product has been created and also find out more about the Big Monthly Deal!
What’s the story behind the name Inala?
This bag was designed in my final year at university as one of my final major product pieces. The whole collection was inspired by Aboriginal Australia, especially the traditional dot art. Inala is a name in Aboriginal Australia which means ‘Place of Peace’. (It is actually also a suburb of Brisbane.)
How did I come up with this unique design?
To help me design the Inala crossbody I firstly started by making a ‘list’ of specifications that I wanted to meet.
Major specification points:
1. Hold diabetic equipment
2. Have a built-in purse
3. Hand held and also crossbody option
4. Space for the other item (i.e. makeup etc.)
To make this bag I went through a very vigorous development stage. This was because there are so many different sections to the bag. Each area took lot of time and skill to develop and refine. It was a tough and challenging bag to create because of the compact but also extremely functional features.
Since my originally design I have redesigned the Inala to create a less complicated version.
The Inala ‘Basic’ is a slightly more simplistic version of the original Inala. I have taken out the diabetic section and also the front built-in purse. Then Inala ‘Basic’ just has the middle section and flap. It is still able to fit all the above in but by having just the one section to the bag it has allowed me to reduce the price making it more readily available to a wider market.
Like all my products I can adapted for how the individual wants, for example if you wanted the built-in purse but not the diabetic section this is completely do able. I am actually at the moment working on a bespoke Inala ‘Basic’ which the client didn’t want the handle on the flap and instead wanted a slightly thicker strap. (once finished I will post picture on social media so keep your eyes peeled for this!)
How long does it take to make the Inala crossbody?
The Inala crossbody takes 40hrs from start to finish to make, it is definitely a labour of love. The Inala ‘basic’ takes almost a third of the time at 12.5hrs from start to finish.