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Stitchsmith Prize For Design

April 27

This year, Stitchsmith launches the very first fully customisable hard cased clutch. The customer easily removes the metal outer frames on each side of the bag and switches the fabric cover. They can do this as many times as they choose. This patented method of covering the bag makes the Stitchsmith clutch unique in the marketplace. And as the customer now only needs one clutch for all outfits, the bag responds to a growing industry desire for sustainability.

With unlimited opportunities to customise, we want to inspire customers with stunning covers and feature the designs of up-and-coming designers. For the competition we’d like you to create a textile design suitable for a clutch bag.

Who can enter?

UK residents over 18 who are studying, or have graduated within the last three years from, an Arts & Design course.

The prize

  • First prize £750
  • Second prize £500
  • Third prize £250

As part of our mission to support new UK designers, winners will also have their design produced for the launch and be considered for further design work with us in the future.

Please note the prize money is given in exchange for ownership of the copyright of the winning designs.

Key dates

Entry deadline: You need to have uploaded your designs to our website by 23.59pm (BST) 27th April 2018.

Shortlist announcement: The judging panel will create a shortlist of twelve entries and contact the shortlisted entrants by 25th May 2018. Shortlisted entrants will have their work exhibited online on our website and social media channels.

Winners announcement: The first, second and third prize winners will be selected and notified by 1st June 2018.

How to enter

  • Create a short profile on our website to access the full instructions and submission form – the link will be available from 16th March
  • Design a piece of fabric 13.5 x 22.5 cm suitable for covering a hard cased clutch bag. Your design must be suitable for digital printing
  • Complete the online submission form, including uploading a digital file of your design

Judging Criteria – What are we looking for?

Quality: The Stitchsmith clutch has been designed to be a high-quality fashion accessory and we would like the fabric covers to be treated as pieces of art. Your design should be as visually appealing close up as it is from a distance.

Creativity: We are looking for designs that inspire people to buy into the concept of our innovative product. Bear in mind the occasions for which hard cased clutch bags are typically used but don’t be afraid to be creative.

Sustainability: We are an environmentally conscious company. When creating your designs please be mindful of the materials and processes required to achieve your design.


April 27