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In a nutshell, tell me about Sarah Haran Accessories.
Sarah Haran is all about producing high-quality, functional handbags that are also stylish. Designed for modern women, our handbags offer a timeless piece of luxury with a lifetime guarantee. They are made in Britain and Spain by highly skilled craftsmen using top-quality materials. Each one includes our 2-in-1 handbag concept, with removable clutches and clever add-ons that mean you can easily change the look of your handbag â€“ perfect for day to night transitions.
Coming from an IT background, what first drew you into the world of fashion and accessories?
I started making handbags purely as a hobby. My role as COO of a publicly listed IT company was extremely demanding and I needed a hobby to help me switch off from my day-to-day responsibilities. My hobby became my springboard into the world of fashion and accessories as I became more
involved in the design and production of the handbags. At first, I made all of them myself! My day job was the inspiration for my hero handbag, the Dahlia, as I needed the perfect bag to take me from day to night and keep me organised. In 2017, I decided I wanted to work full time on my emerging handbag brand and resigned from my IT role.
What have you found to be the most demanding aspect of your work?
Initially, it was all about adapting to a completely new industry, and one that I had no network in so I had to work really hard to build up my contacts. Nowadays, I think the most demanding aspect is running the sales and marketing side of the business. The lifeblood of all business is sales and marketing â€“ you can have the most amazing products or services, but if no one knows, then you will never make any money. Of course, I also have to make sure I have enough time to do the bit I love â€“ designing new handbags.
Sarah wears ourÂ Lewis dress in Navy & Yellow, Â£198 (right)