Practical short courses in contemporary leather, handbags and fashion accessories design, taught at her Central London studio by Katherine Pogson.

How to Make a Handbag weekend 31 May, 1 June 2014

New date added for our most popular weekend! Make your own handbag in leather or fabric, guided through the detailed construction process by leather expert Katherine Pogson. You will learn how to:
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Design a Handbag weekend: pattern-cutting & development  5, 6 April  2014

Design a Handbag weekend: pattern-cutting & development 5, 6 April 2014

What are the secrets of truly original design? How do you transform a vision into a fully resolved 3D pattern for a handbag or other fashion accessory?
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Summer School 2014: 1 - 3 August - Bag School! Design and make a leather handbag

Summer School 2014: 1 – 3 August – Bag School! Design and make a leather handbag

Learn how to make a soft leather bag on this structured three day course, under the expert tuition of Katherine Pogson, a leather specialist whose clients have included Donna Karan, Hussein Chalayan and Mulberry.
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Glove-making weekend: NEW!  3, 4 May 2014

Glove-making weekend: NEW! 3, 4 May 2014

Discover the art of glove-making in fine leather – the only course in London, and one of very few in the whole country,  where you can  learn this fascinating art. 
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One to one tuition by appointment

One to one tuition by appointment

Katherine Pogson offers tailor-made personal tuition in design and construction techniques for handbags and leather fashion accessories, as well as consultation in many aspects of setting up and running a design business.
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Make a handbag weekend: construction and finishing techniques 2014

Make a handbag weekend: construction and finishing techniques 2014

Make your own leather handbag in a weekend, on this new and improved version of Katherine’s most popular course!
Cockpit Summer Open Studios, 7 - 9  June 2013

Cockpit Summer Open Studios, 7 – 9 June 2013

Katherine on sabbatical in 2013

Katherine Pogson will be taking a break from teaching her customary programme of evening and weekend Designer Courses until September 2013. She is available for individual tuition by appointment, so please do email to discuss your ideas in more detail if you are interested.
Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios, 30 November - 2 December 2012

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios, 30 November – 2 December 2012

What could be more festive than buying beautiful gifts direct from the talented people who made them? At Cockpit Arts Open Studios you can meet 165 exceptional designers who make jewellery, fashion, home wares, ceramics, glass and more. Prices range from £5 – £5,000.
Summer School: Make a structured bag

Summer School: Make a structured bag

Katherine Pogson took a break from teaching this Summer, so the last Summer School took place in August 2012. Please see below for details – it’ll be back in 2014!

Introduction to leather accessories: Fashion belts & cuffs

This one-day course is part of the Designer Courses Summer school 2012, and introduces some of the essentials of working with leather for professional results, with little outlay on tools or equipment. Learn how to cut, treat and decorate leather, set in buckles and studs and make  fashion belts, and cuffs.

Introduction to fashion bags: Frame purses and clutches

This one-day course is part of the Designer Courses Summer school 2012, and introduces some of the essentials of working with soft fashion leathers for fast, professional results. Design,  make and decorate a metal-framed purse or small bag, complete with lining and chain handle.

Crafting Excellence at Fortnum & Mason

Blue Navajo clutch by Katherine Pogson Katherine’s work will be on display in Crafting Excellence, an Exhibition of Craft at Fortnum & Mason in association with QEST. 6 February to 29 July 2012 www.fortnumandmason.com  

Summer School 30 July-5 August 2012

This summer, Designer Courses kicks off with two short and snappy introductory days exploring the techniques of making leather fashion accessories and handbags, followed by a comprehensive five day course taking you through the elements of making a structured leather bag. You will compile examples of handle, zip and pocket constructions, practise a variety of sewing...

Heal’s ‘gorgeous gifts’ selects Katherine’s work

Katherine Pogson wins QEST scholarship 2011

Katherine Pogson, tutor and founder of Designer Courses, was delighted to become  a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust scholar earlier this year, and collected her award at a luncheon hled by the Royal Warrant Holder’s Association at the Hilton Hotel in June. Katherine is using her scholarship to attend a series of  courses in computer aided...

New Designer Courses website

The new-look Designer Courses website goes live today, 25 July 2011. We hope you find it fresh, easy to use and full of information. We’d love to  hear what you think about it it, so if you have any suggestions or comments please do drop us a line.