Bags of Slow Fashion with Debbie Macpherson

Bags of Slow Fashion with Debbie Macpherson

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In a time when you can get almost anything instantly, the movement known as 'slow fashion' has caught our eye. Eager to find out more, we spoke to local designer and owner of Freeload Accessories, Debbie Macpherson. 

Our third instalment of Meet The Maker sees us back at Cockington Court in Torquay with Debbie MacPherson of Freeload Accessories.

Before establishing the brand back in 2006, designer and maker Debbie MacPherson studied at the renowned Cordwainers College specialising in leather, where other alumni include shoe designing icons Jimmy Choo and Emma Hope.

After Debbie designed a concession of leather bags for Topman - she realised it was time to head back to the South West - to start her own brand built on the slow fashion movement at Cockington Court's Sea Change craft studios. 

“I’m really passionate about slow fashion, because I think a lot of people buy a product, wear them a few times then throw them away. I think if you buy something that’s really good quality, even something that might be just designed for you, then you’ll - hopefully - wear that every day, it’ll become a part of your life and it should last”
— Debbie MacPherson

Debbie also believes that it's important to understand where your fashion comes from. Her collection of hand crafted bags and accessories use the highest quality, ethically sourced leather direct from an Italian tannery.

The Freeload Accessories open studio approach means you can quite literally watch as Debbie goes from selecting the leather to stitching and finishing with fittings and fasteners. These are bespoke, designer accessories that are totes amazing and within your budget too!

What do we love most? The Shorely's top picks have to be the collection of leather backpacks which are perfect for work and play, and the bright pops of colour seen in the collection of stylish leather earrings. Slow fashion has never been so chic. 


Head to Freeload Accessories online shop to browse and buy online. We really recommend you go down to Cockington Court for the chance to meet Debbie face-to-face at studio 6 and see the glorious collection of bags and accessories. Top tip: you can also commission Debbie to make your dream bag... yes, please!

Join Torbay's creative community! Studio space now available at Cockington Court. Particularly interested to hear from these types of makers: enameler jeweller, functional potter or printmaker. Please contact Marissa.Wakefield@tda.uk.net

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