Soybean Bags Limited: Pioneering Sustainable Fashion | London Accessory Week

Can you tell us about your background in brief and how did you start your brand? 

I studied law and also work as a fulltime lawyer. I found that I needed an outlet to fulfil my creative side. I studied photography which is something that I still love today. I now design backpacks and handbags. I had the idea for a backpack about five years ago when I was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic. I was traveling to the office with my laptop and all my diabetic supplies to keep me alive and it usually consisted of a backpack and other bags. When I wanted to go out for lunch, if I didn’t have a handbag, I would have to carry my supplies in another bag or my hands. When I discussed it with colleagues, everyone had the problem of carrying multiple bags to the office. So, I designed a bag that fits the modern day woman’s life. One that could adapt to work, exercise and after work life.

Gucci Bree Tote in Small Beige/Red

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Telfar Shopping Bag Small Azalea

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Bottega Veneta Roma Tote Bag Mini Black

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What are the things that encourage you?

 Everyday objects. My bag is structured. When I studied photography, I would love shooting architecture and objects. My bags take on the same structural approach of objects/buildings. 

Who inspires you? 

Paul Smith is an inspiration to me! Like Paul Smith, I wanted the insides of my bags to be as beautiful as the outside. A lot of bags are black or plain inside. I wanted to open it up and see something that makes you smile. 

Goyard Saint Louis Tote Goyardine GM Red

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Brandon Blackwood Jumbo Kuei Green Lizard Print

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Hermes Constance Leather Gold-tone 24 Red Rouge

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