THE world is crying out for British-made goods and that is good news for Banbury designer Jasmine Gilhooly.
Award-winning Miss Gilhooly used a bursary to cross the world in search of the best leathers for her exclusive, high-end J D’Cruz bag collection.
Now the former Warriner School pupil’s factory in London is making the bags, all personally hand-printed by her, for sale at chosen boutiques in the UK and USA and on Miss Gilhooly’s website, www.jdcruz.co.uk.
“I finished my design degree with a first in June and combined my end of course show with pitching for a business travel award, which I won,” she said. “That allowed me to go abroad to research the very best skins and suedes for my bags, which are all leather.
“Globally, but in the Far East and Asia especially, there is huge demand for quality goods made in Britain. I could outsource the manufacture of them and they would be much cheaper, but people want British goods. In any case I am a perfectionist and I need to be able check quality whenever I want!” Miss Gilhooly said.
She leaves Banbury in January for a season at shoemaker Jimmy Choo’s HQ as a design analyst.