Luckily, inspiration was not hard to come by either.
"I had this picture of Big Ben at night in my head with a red bus passing by, which was my first thought. I thought it would be good to combine the colours red and blue, like in the Union Jack. 'Minimal and simple but with personality. That was the aim."
After bringing together the design, the bag was sent to Spain for manufacturing before being returned for final inspection.
"It looks like exactly what I had in mind. It's interesting seeing my product for the first time with a different leather. It's strange because I'm more used to suede and vegetable tan. It's different but it's really nice."
What did she think her creation would say about its new owner? And more importantly, could she see them carrying it with confidence?
"It would be worn by someone who takes care of their image a lot. I think that my friends, the ones who really like fashion, would be confident carrying something like this."
We'll take that as a yes.
Written by Tom Oakey; Photographs by Jenni Smith.