Course Description

Linda Pritcher, designer. Photo by Cassandra Birocco

What goes into making a great handbag or accessory design? What turns a set of design concepts into a compelling and marketable collection? Learn each aspect in the product-to-market cycle of handbag and accessory development: materials, components, construction methods, sourcing options, pricing, and how to create partner relationships. We’ll also cover topics like quality control, production issues, the pleasures and perils of importing, and market options (custom-made, online, wholesale and/or retail). You’ll bring your own collection ideas to develop as we walk through the process from ideation to market, evaluating creative concepts in harmony with production and market necessities. Whether your design concepts for bags and accessories are innovative and functional, cutting-edge fashion, or classic, this class will give you a first-hand look at the important aspects of creating a viable collection and the practical foundation necessary to bring it to market.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Oct 30, 2023 to Dec 10, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $455.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 20, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 01, 2023 to Oct 25, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2023 to Dec 10, 2023
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class. 

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store. 
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