Monday, 31 January 2011

SimJaTa ~ Market Research

Bags of Swank by SimJaTa has spent the last month conducting some Market Research. I started out asking around what people collected and what they would perhaps like to see on a SimJaTa bag. As you can imagine, fabric hunting takes up a lot of very enjoyable time, but I wanted to be sure I have covered as many angles as possible, in my attempt to cater for most tastes.
To my surprise, it turned out not to be so much the theme of the bag that interested the majority but the construction... The most requests I have received is for organisation, pockets and somewhere to put those elusive keys or identification card, not to mention a more sturdy bag.

Therefore this weekend Bags of Swank by SimJaTa has set to work to achieve these goals. The new bags (which will be available from the second week in February) are to have lots of pockets, including a small pen slot (never find a pen, was one request)and sewn into the lining a key fob with lobster clasp in which to attach ones keys. Also some of the new designs will have a very strong interlining, as you see from one of the photographs shown, so strong the bag can stand up by itself. Not all the bags will be like this, as some customers still prefer the fold up style that can fit into a handbag.

SimJaTa are still interested in chosen themes, so anything you have in mind dear blog reader please do add in the comments box. There will be a large fabric order at the end of the week, still some space for new ideas.

I have a very busy week ahead with one thing and another, not forgetting the arrival of two house guests for a couple of weeks in the form of Labradors to keep my three company, so with the other 2 I walk I will be responsible for 7 dogs this week, might not have as much time as I would like shut away in the craft room at least until they all get used to each other. They do say a change is as good as a rest, might be a long couple of weeks though..
So I have been busy creating some new designs for Bags of Swank by SimJaTa, and sorting through beads and photographing for the destash shop, so hopefully if nothing else I will get a chance to add some new listings to Folksy.

Have a good week everyone, and if I dont get a chance to blog again I will see you again for Folksy Friday.

~Bags of Swank by SimJaTa~


  1. I like the idea of the pockets and maybe some need to have fastening (especially mobile phone pockets etc so things are more secure and not 'on show'.

    Judging by the amount of things my wife carries in her bag, she could probably could do with some clip-on wheels and a handle so she can pull it along---now there's a thought lol!


  2. Thanks Mick, now there is something else to think on, I dont 'do' zips so perhaps magnetic clasps for a phone pocket?

    I think clip on wheels are a bit much for me just yet, maybe a 'man bag' so you can help carry your wifes extras?


  3. She won't let me go anywhere near her bag contents, let alone trust me to carry some for her lol!

    Magnetic clasps sound good or press-studs...I do worry about the smallest of things don't I? You wouldn't believe my first thought (which I didn't comment) ink-proof the inside of the pen pocket because knowing my luck the ink will run out all over the lovely fabric!!!


  4. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog about my attempts at handbag making - not a patch on yours, but i'll keep trying! I think sections and pockets are a must on everyday bags - keys and mobiles are forever getting lost in mine and it drives me insane!
    Thank you for visitin g my blog on the final owoh journey. Lovely prize. Marie x

  5. Ok Mick, I have the magnetic clasp on pocket conquered, hoping to post pic of my own new bag on Facebook at some point, working on the pen leaky idea..
    Marie, your bag is lovely I am getting worried about the competition.

    New photo's and listings may be a little delayed as I got bitten by a dog this morning (not one of mine) so my thumb is out of action and taking me a long time to do most things now.