LANAMARA'S GUIDE: SO HOW DO YOU FIND A HANDBAG MANUFACTURER IN INDIA?

FINDING A HANDBAG MANUFACTURER

India has been on my bucket list for years so Ilana and I were hugely excited to go in March last year (can't believe its over 12 months ago!) on our search for manufacturers for our bags and accessories.

Lanamara - How do you find a handbag manufacturer in India?The anticipation grew as we boarded a plane bound for Delhi to meet up with two manufacturers we met in late November 2018 at the International Sourcing Fair in Melbourne.
Thankfully we had some great advice from fellow fashionistas who'd been before about where to stay, eat and visit.
Lanamara - How do you find a handbag manufacturer in India?

STRAIGHT ONTO THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THINGS

Over the previous few months we'd been busy arranging samples to look at when we arrived in India so we couldn't wait to see how they had come up and fortunately we were super happy with them!

The quality of both the materials and craftsmanship was what we had hoped for.

Feeling a little out of our comfort zone we soon felt confident and comfortable and spent the rest of the day in the showroom discussing designs, exploring options and dreaming of the more possibilities.

We managed a tour of the factory, met some of the talented artisans and were treated to a delicious Indian lunch too, yummm.

Our experience with the second manufacturer was equally impressive so we came away feeling proud of ourselves and eager to get started.

LANAMARA'S GUIDE: SO HOW DO YOU FIND A HANDBAG MANUFACTURER IN INDIA

 LANAMARA'S GUIDE: SO HOW DO YOU FIND A HANDBAG MANUFACTURER IN INDIA

SUPPORTING WOMEN

LANAMARA'S GUIDE: SO HOW DO YOU FIND A HANDBAG MANUFACTURER IN INDIA?We had been on the search for an ethical, sustainable manufacturer who focused on training, supporting and empowering women.

At the last minute we were able to fit in a quick visit with Sonica Sarna, a company whose vision and ethos supported our vision.

We're still working on developing products with Sonica but larger minimum quantities can make it difficult when you're a start up, watch this space.

FOOD

We discovered so many great places to eat, vego is definitely more the norm (which Ilana wasn't convinced about :)) and we discovered Paneer a yummy cheese used in lots of dishes especially fragrant curries.

Cafe Lota at the National Handicraft Museum was more traditional Indian and totally delicious, see the smile on Ilana's face.

Lanamara - Sourcing Trip to India
Haus Khas Village is a great place to go in the late arvo/evening with an eclectic mix of independent boutiques and cafes including this cool rooftop bar, Haus Khas Social where we took in the atmosphere with a G&T.
Lanamara - Sourcing trip to India

Visit

The Red Fort - some amazing architecture at this historic fort in central Delhi.

Lanamara - Sourcing Trip to India
Lodhi Garden - 90 acres of beautiful gardens and 15th century architecture tombs and mosques.
Lanamara - Sourcing trip in India
National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum - wander around this rich and diverse collection displaying centuries of Indian craft traditions.
Lanamara - Indian sourcing trip
Chandni Chowk - a veritable treasure trove of sweets and spices, Indian handcrafts, jewellery, trims and fabrics and so much more, were in heaven!
Khan Market - more of a western feeling village, great place to wander with loads of choice for restaurants and cafes, souvenirs, local labels and some international labels. We went here a couple of time as we just loved the atmosphere.

STAY

We stayed at the La Lit Hotel in Connaught Place, a nice five-star hotel with a great choice of restaurant, pool and gym and great central place to base yourself to explore Delhi.

This was a great place to stay for our first trip as it felt safe, had a couple of options for eating (including a restaurant with an oversize sofa :)), an outdoor pool, gym and yoga studio and was really central.

Lanamara - Sourcing trip in India

TUK TUK 

And finally we couldn't miss out mentioning our crazy tuk tuk rides all over Delhi, we grabbed Ubers for longer distances but the tuk tuks were a fun way to soak up the spirit of Delhi.

Lanamara sourcing trip to India