Testament to the brilliant networking opportunity provided by #ProjectScouted is Becca Blair being introduced to the Project through fellow sponsor, Ryan Francis of Shoelaced Clothing. Becca, owner and designer at Becca Blair Designs, has been designing bags, her true passion, for only three years since June 2012 but has made an indelible mark in the Durban fashion industry.
1. What made you want to become a #ProjectScouted sponsor?
I just wanted to join an exciting project. It’s a cool team of people and its always great getting exposure to a new crowd in Durban. I also thought it would be great collaborating with other Durban creatives.
2. What do you love most about the Project?
I love the fact that it is held over a long period of time, like an ongoing platform, making it more thrilling and the entrants get super amped each step of the way.
3. What is the best part of being a designer in Durban?
Durban is tiny, so people spread the word for you. They are proud to buy from local designers and the support is great. There is a certain Durban style and I have to, as a designer, cater for that as well as adding a touch of my vibe to the designs. Its challenging, but it’s good.
4. How did you find your passion for designing and creating bags?
I used to sew and bags seemed to be the first thing that came to me. Just basic canvas bags. I love bags, I used to collect them when I was a kid. I had more bags than “Kitty in my Pockets”. I had bags in bags in bags. I never threw them out. I was a hoarder; Hello Kitty bags, bowling bags, see-through bags, velvet bags, etc.
5. What is a typical day like for you?
Hmm... I wake up. Shower. Have some tea. Go to the factory where I either do stock-take or pack bags up for deliveries or posting. I drive to collect fabric for the next lot of bags, deliver bags around Durban, stand in the queue at the Post Office, while answering emails on my phone, visiting manufacturers/embroiderers, or I’m on my laptop at the factory working on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and my website. Or I’m editing photos of the bags or photos from a recent shoot. I also do visits to boutiques around Durban. I make sure I am busy!
6. Are you willing to share any info about your phase in the Project?
All I’m going to say now is that there is going to be a fashion show and some bags to giveaway at the end! Get keen, everyone!
You are definitely not going to want to miss out on what Becca has in store for the #ProjectScouted ladies! With the Project beginning on 28 February 2015 with Phase One and the launch, hopeful young ladies have only one chance left to be a part of this experience by attending the open casting at Hashtag restaurant on 21 February 2015. And remember that all shoots and events are open to the public free of charge.