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Lisa Lam of U-handbag & Craft Boom
by Christine Hembling (http://www.paperandcloth.co.uk)
Lisa Lam runs a successful online
shop called U-handbag and also
blogs at Craft Boom where she
shares her tips on running a
business in the handmade world.
Could you give us some background
on how you started your business
and what inspired you to set it up?
The idea for U-Handbag came
quite by accident. I was in a job
rut and whilst I tried to sort my
career out I made and sold bags
in Greenwich craft market to earn
a bit of money. Fortunately my
bags did well at the market, but
it eventually meant that I was
sewing all hours of the day, which
was tiring, thus making selling at
the market less enjoyable. Also, thing. I soon realised that there shop on 11th Nov 05. I adore my
as my bag designs became more was a gap in the market and I busy little business and we have
complex I found it very hard to thought that I could sell supplies loads of fun running it.
source interesting and attractive to feed my bag making addiction.
bag making supplies in the UK. So I called on my bag supplier What’s the most rewarding aspect
I met lots of other bag makers contacts abroad and I began to of running your business?
online and in the market who buy bag making supplies in vast That’s easy! I’m convinced that
complained of the very same quantities. I opened my online crafters are some of the nicest
2 ukhandmade Spring 2009
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