Shops We Love: Handmade Bags by DDSLL

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If there is one collection of handmade bags that practically sings spring, it has to be DDSLL. Alise Abele-Dekslinga and Liene Berzina, the designers behind the brand, are based in Latvia and are very passionate about what they do. After all, DDSLL stands for ‘Dress.Dance.Sing.Love.Love’. With their vibrant colors and every expanding collection, you are sure to do all of that and more when you get your hands on one of these beautiful handmade creations. Enjoy our fresh interview and then be sure to visit the DDSLL shop, either on their main site or on Etsy and prepared to be wowed.

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What inspired you to begin your collection?
I guess when you have your dream job you don’t need much to get inspired by before collections. But for this Spring 2016 collection, we mostly got inspired by our previous works and the need for warmer weather and blooming flowers. When there is winter outside, it’s great to know that you have a full garden with flowers on your product shelves.

Describe your creative process. Where do you start?
If we are talking about our hand dyed clutch bags, then it goes like this: We start with hand colored white organic cotton pieces; this is our most favorite part. You can use any color you like, because all our designs are one-of-a-kind pieces, so there is no need to copy yourself. After art from dye colors are made, we iron the sides of clutch bag with special material, so it can be thick and have shape. After we choose leather combinations for corners and other leather detailing, it’s so fun because you can always risk it and use leather with interesting metallic shine, color and texture, like experimenting with different combinations. Sometimes at first the colors might look bit off, but when the bag is sewn together and ironed, the results are breathtaking.

This idea of not getting scared and trying the craziest color combos, basically goes for all our designs. We don’t spend long hours with our marketing crew, thinking :” Will it work? How wil our client will react? Is it too crazy?” Our main idea is to create accessories for every person, so that there are different shapes and colors, because we all have different tastes.

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How do you maintain your creative drive?
We don’t have a problem with creative drive, because sometimes when you are bit down you look at your current designs or most importantly – our customer feedback. We always have many ideas going through our heads; you just need time to make them all happen. Of course our Studio is big and full with all kind of colors, because we are all about the colors and all things interesting. I guess it’s important to create an interesting and inspiring space around you. If you have this, you have no trouble thinking of new ideas.

What materials do you love to use?
For some of our designs we use a little bit of vegan leather, but mostly we love to use dyed or patterned cotton and natural leather.

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This idea of not getting scared and trying the craziest color combos, basically goes for all our designs. We don’t spend long hours with our marketing crew, thinking :” Will it work? How wil our client will react? Is it too crazy?” Our main idea is to create accessories for every person, so that there are different shapes and colors, because we all have different tastes.

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Every product has a story. Is there a story behind one of your pieces that stands out to you?
All our designs have such strong characters, so it’s really hard to choose just one. The most important thing is that we create all our products as art pieces. We think about all the details and little things, so it’s all unique.

Do you have a dream collaborator?
We don’t have any specific one in mind. We have enough ideas so we’ve never thought about working together with someone else. It might seem a bit arrogant, but sometimes we don’t have the time to realize all of our own ideas, let alone create something together with someone else.

What are some of the challenges that you face as a maker?
Challenges are everywhere: do we have this material next week? Should we ask about it to from our suppliers now? Is this enough? How will the postal services work next month? Will sun ruin our photographing and all the other things we can’t really change. All the our things – dyeing, ironing, packing and client service are flawless. The biggest challenge might be working 24/7; you always need to be alert.

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How do you use social media and blogging to promote your work?
We use Instagram and that’s it, we also have little bit happening on our Facebook page and we add new fun photos to our homepage from time to time. We use Instagram to promote our new designs, share discount codes and limited edition offers, show a little bit from our working process, studio and share things that inspires us and what we have in mind for our future collections. It’s the main place to follow us.

Where do you see your shop/project going?
Only up, we want to keep working, because this is really serious for us and we want to expand as a brand and a company. In the future we want to be able to offer larger selections of one-of-a-kind and unique designs and most importantly never lose our high quality and design standards. Fashion needs to be fun and special. Basic colors and  minimalist designs sure are nice, but it’s an amazing pleasure to look at something really, really special that no one has.

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What are you working on right now?
At this moment we are working on our new Summer 2016 collection, because we create 4 collections a year, and it’s important to launch them on time, so our new collection will be available in the Store mid-June.

At this one we are working more on summer travel accessories, smeo new gorgeous duffle bags, tote bags and cross body purses are also coming your way. This will be so amazing – bright colors, animal prints, textures, tropical prints and of course lots of tassels.

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