Retiring a Rockstar Show Bag

Studio Kat Designs

So… in 2012 we released what turned out to be a very popular pattern, the Guardian. Our customers fell in love especially with our cover sample. (I’ve always said that if only I had the foreknowledge to acquire 10 bolts of this fabric, I surely would’ve sold it all!) But here’s the deal….

NONE of our other samples had the impact that our “Cover Girl” had.

Everytime I took a sample other than this “cover girl” to a show, the resuIt was that I barely sold one of the Guardian patterns. Consequently, after ten years of taking pretty much ONLY taking this model on the road with us, it’s looking pretty worn out & deserving of retirement. But that presented me with a serious problem…

What new sample could possibly generate
the enthusiasm of our original “Cover Girl”?

I’ve literally put off making this decision for 2 years but then… all my the answer to this dilemma literally showed up on doorstep when these fabrics were delivered!

My imagination was instantly captured and suddenly I could visualize the perfect successor to our “Cover Girl”!

And here she is!

I love EVERYTHING about these fabrics! The jewel-tones are bold,
and the gold metallic highlights add to the “bling factor”,
PLUS our gold zippers really solidify & complete the overall look!

And of course, all of the features that made the Guardian pattern so successful are still present in this new sample! At left is a good look at the drop-down credit card area which is secured with double zips and a magnetic snap closure, and at right you can see that there’s a zippered closure on roomy main compartment!

The photo at above center is of course the Guardian back, but there’s some really innovative features on the back side of this bag. First, there’s a huge padded pocket visible in the photo at above left (indicated by the white ruler). It’s sized perfectly for a Kindle or even a smaller-sized iPad. Then, the red ruler in the photo above right, indicates that there’s a completely separate, pass-thru pocket there, secured with two zippered closures…
PERFECT for anything you want to sequestered in a secured and concealed way!

So… what cha think?!

Is this a sample that would capture YOUR imagination? and will this sample ever live up to the hype that was generated by our original “Cover Girl”?

If you have comments you’d like to share, or questions you’d like to ask about this design in general or this sample in specific, please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Mea Cadwell on September 29, 2023 at 4:52 am

    I _LOVE_ the new fabric you used, as opposed to the cat fabric, but like the bag design regardless of the print.

    If the new fabric doesn’t do the trick you’ll just have to take the older model with you and put it in your booth far enough away from the public so they can’t see it up close but are still able to view it.

    • Kat on September 29, 2023 at 6:22 am

      thanks Mea! Great idea! 😀

  2. Katherine Gelpi on September 29, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    The fabris are gorgeous! All my colors, but I don’t use prints for bags but for blouses. I embroider on my bags. Still trying to decide my next pattern from you.

    • Kat on September 29, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      Jewel tones are my favorite too, for clothing as well. 🙂

  3. Pam Fischer on October 1, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    I am so glad to see the “Oriental batiks” coming back. I absolutely love the fabric and would definitely make a bag just like your sample!!!!

    • Kat on October 1, 2023 at 8:02 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that you like it Pam! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out as well! I’ll let you all know how it was received at the shows at the end of this month! 🙂