Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Must-Have for Any Occasion!

Do you love finding one-of-a-kind items and showing them off to your friends?  Do you like to accessorize every outfit just right?  My clutch purses are an affordable way to add a dash of uniqueness to your day!

Perfect as a "going out" bag when heading to a party, wedding or out on a date - my clutches fit all your basic necessities such as your phone, cash, keys and some gloss!

(clutches do not come with any of the items shown here)

Or are you a photographer looking to streamline the amount of things you have to carry?  Ditch your huge camera bag when all you really need is your camera around your neck and a few extras!  Put your extra battery, SD cards, filters, business cards and more in your clutch.  Wear it cross-body so it doesn't swing in your way and you're set!

(clutches do not come with any of the items shown here)

New, ready-to-ship clutches will be added every week to my facebook page (CLICK HERE FOR MY FACEBOOK PAGE).  Come and be a fan so you can grab a clutch while it's fresh of my sewing machine!  Or, browse my album of available neckties (ALBUM LINK) so I can make one custom for you.


Clutch prices are $25 each without a strap, or $27 each with a strap (any length or placement).  All clutches are lined with an interior pocket that has a velcro closure.  Included in the price is the button closure and using fabric from my "stash" for the lining. 

  • For an additional $5 you can change the button/button-hole closure to a hidden magnetic closure with optional button detail. 
  • Need a different fabric from what I have in stock?   I'd be happy to shop for the perfect lining fabric for your custom clutch - additional cost dependent on the price of new fabric (approx. $5-$10).  
  •  Have a great necktie that you'd like me to transform into a clutch?  Receive $3 off!  You can also send me fabric for the lining (cotton/cotton-blend wovens only please).
  • Need matching clutches for a wedding?  $40 each with free shipping back to you!  All I need from you are the matching neckties (I cannot provide those).  I will shop for all new fabric and buttons to get the look you want for your bridal party.

Thanks for checking out Allison Barnes Collection!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Some New Things Happening at Allison Barnes Collection!

Hey ABC fans!  Long time no post. :)  I've been busy working on crocheting for custom orders, trying out some new free patterns I've found online, as well as trying to find some time to sew clutch purses again.

New year = new priorities

I'm so excited for the 2013 edition of the Bridal Fantasy magazine to drop - why?  My clutches will be a feature product!  A product shoot was done back in November 2012 and the magazine drops January 15th!  If you're heading to one of the Bridal Fantasy shows in Edmonton or Calgary this year or doing any shopping (or suit rentals) at Derk's Formals don't forget to pick up your own issue of Bridal Fantasy magazine to check out my clutches!  More info about Bridal Fantasy HERE

I also have a few clutches in a retail location on a trial basis until the end of February, so we'll see how that goes!  If you ever get a chance to check out Rutherford House on the University of Alberta campus it's worth a look - a beautifully restored historical site that offers a High Tea dinner in a delightful setting.  The "Whatnot Gift Shoppe" located on the lower level is where you will find my clutches as well as other locally hand-crafted items for sale.

Other news?  I've recently become involved in a collaborative Ready-to-ship sale group on Facebook.  We have 10 members at the moment, each bringing their creative energies to create awesome products for photographers!  Props such as crocheted or knit hats, crowns, halos, blankets, neckties, bowties and suspender sets, diaper covers (and maybe a clutch purse or two) will be available for sale every week running from Sunday at 9pm EST to the following Tuesday morning.  Sales are hosted by RoseMarie Photography & Props every week.  First come first served so make sure to mark your calendars and set your alarms because many of these items are one-of-a-kind!

I hope to see you there!