Anyone who knows me, knows that one thing I love is… handbags. It’s my obsession. That along with Starbucks & Cupcakes. I have that many handbags that I actually forget I have some when I dig through my walk-in wardrobe! So when the chance came up to review Clippy London’s customized handbags, I didn’t even need to think twice!
The very first Clippy bag was made by me, Calypso Rose (called Clippy by my friends) on the kitchen table. This was because I wanted to display all my collection of Polaroid photographs in a bag. Lots and lots of people stopped me in the street and wanted to know where the bag had come from. I put 250 bags into production. I customised a large bag with a sign saying ‘stop me and buy one’ and I hired a stall on the Portobello Road, London. I sold all my bags in the first month – hurrah. Clippy (then known as Clippykit) was up and running.
Very lovely celebrities started to carry Clippy bags, including Helena Bonham Carter (and her mum), Jools and Jamie Oliver were spotted under a Dolly Brolly and Thandie Newton said she was making up a jumbo washbag with keepsakes for her small daughter. At 22 years I became the London Young Business Person of the Year (very exciting!) and since then the range has just kept growing with a few more awards along the way. I am very lucky to run the company with my fabulous mum Clare
The process is pretty simple & straightforward to create your own design, as you upload your photos either via facebook or uploading via your computer, you select where you would like them to be on the bag. Once you’ve filled one side, depending on the design, you can flip the bag and fill the other. Simple.
I then got the thinking about what bag to choose from their range & also what photographs to use. It took me a few hours of playing around on my Macbook to decide on a Jumbo Washbag for all my toiletries & use photos taken in Paris to style it.
48 hours later, I received my finished product in the post & it turned out amazing with the Black & White photos from Paris. The best part is, you can change it around, if I get bored with the Paris photos, I can swap them for something else, that’s the beauty of it This is the end product *hearts*