Signature Bag Mock-up

I used my 70s minimalism style board to create this signature bag. It’s essentially an envelope bag, but instead of the sharp point of an envelope, I decided to curve the edges of the opening flap to make it more soft. The fabrics I thought would be ideal for the bag, and that would also work with the 70s minimalism style, are wine faux suede, black faux leather/vinyl and burnt umber faux crocodile vinyl. I opted for faux materials because I love animals and have been a vegetarian for more than five years. I wanted to use materials that wouldn’t harm animals and since they are faux, they make the purse more affordable. I would also add a gold magnetic snap on the inside of the flap to close the bag and add an ornamental gold button on the outside (similar to the one in the picture).

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To come up with my production costs, I calculated how much fabric I used in square inches to see what the cost would be in each of the three fabrics I selected. I used 227 sq. inches for my mock-up so to calculate the cost of using the wine faux suede I created a proportion. The wine faux suede is $17.99/yd and a yard is 54 in. x 36 in. thus it is $17.99 for 1,944 sq. inches of fabric. I knew I needed 227 sq. inches so I multiplied 227 by $17.99 and then divided by 1,944 to get the cost of making one bag. The total production costs ranged from $17.58 to $18.36 so I decided to price the bag at $30.
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