Meet the Makers: Bags by Butterfly Tree

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We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Claire of Bags by Butterfly Tree….

How did you become a designer/maker?

I made a bag for my mother in law and she suggested I should sell them as she loved it so much. I took some samples to a shop in Chapel Allerton and they ordered 9!

How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?

I wanted something unusual with a memorable logo. My husband came up with it, so I can’t take any credit!

Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?

I am also a part time classical ballet teacher and have been for 21 years.

How do you make time for it all?

I make my bags during the week and teach at the weekends.

What’s your favourite thing about running your business?

I love the end product and seeing how much everyone loves to own a Butterfly Tree bag. I love that the company has grown so quickly in such a short space of time. My bags will be stocked by John Lewis, Victoria Gate, Leeds from October 2016 and I am delighted that Butterfly Tree has been recognised by the best department store in the world.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?

I have just finished a project basing a collection of 4 bags around the history and cultural influences of Hebden Bridge and I love the messenger in that collection. I also love the goofy Scoopie bag in spot fabric.

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Describe your business in three words

Quality. British. Handmade.

We love the quality and design of your bags Claire – we all want all of them! John Lewis are lucky to have you as part of their Locally Made Collection. Thanks so much for pirouetting by and telling us your story. You can find the Bags by Butterfly Tree collection in store now.

See you at the shop x

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