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Sizhfleür Custom Design

American Made Since 2010

Rishi Bhati

St Charles, Illinois
Handcraft leather bag designs based on customer specifications. Bag designs are only limited by your imagination!

Tell us about your business.

Being a photography buff I love to carry my DSLR camera, 3-4 lenses (yes including the kit lens), flash, chargers and other smaller items when I go on vacations. The problem - I couldn't find a bag big enough to fit my items. The few shoulder bags that were available could hold not more than 1-2 smaller lenses, were made from scratchy nylon and were boxy. So I decided to handcraft a bag on my own and infuse it with style! All my leather bags are hand-cut and handmade by me. I enjoy the design process that makes every bag unique. My creative process involves long discussions with the customer to get an insight of not only how the bag will be designed but also on how it will be used. Folks have also asked me to design other custom bags form them including doctor's bags, bartender bags, special ballistic nylon bag that is water and pressure tight, satchels, briefcases and several others. Recently I felt honored when a member of rock group Journey purchased a bag handcrafted by me.

What makes your business stand out?

My bags are made based on customer specs making each one different, I use unique hardware (buckles, D rings etc) and I take risks in designing by "making it happen" for the customer by using creative methods. I also love product photography and being creative doing so. One of my product photo shoots was in the X-ray room of a hospital where a friend helped me take X-rays of antique camera equipment to be used in my product photos.

What's the best business advice you've received?

I'm going to be cliché on this one. "Keep trying and continue discovering your strengths" and the famous "Never give up"

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