If you don’t know, two of my great loves in life are colours (I’m genuinely next level obsessed) and accessories – particularly bags. I was scrolling through the explore section on Instagram when I saw these UNBELIEVABLY SNAZZY, brightly patterned clutch bags. I clicked on the profile to discover Salteria… A design company founded by the lovely Bethany Salt. I REALLY wanted to work with Beth because her designs are so incredible and she deserves way more recognition.
Beth was kind enough to gift me the ‘Phoenix’ bag – I LOVE the pattern and the neon yellow with all the different colours. I love the designs so much that I went on to buy the ‘Mantis’ bag myself, which has sequins embroidered. My friends could tell you that my typical ‘night out’ outfit is ALLL black, so I love having accessories that really stand out – these bags do exactly that. How could they NOT catch your eye?
A little bit about Bethany
My name is Bethany Rose Salt but most people just call me Beth, I’m 24 and I like being this age.. that might be because I still feel 15! I deffo don’t feel like I’m old enough to be running my own business!
I live near Sheffield but went to Leeds College of Art where I did a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design – I actually started on Graphic Design and transferring to textiles was the best decision I reckon I’ve made, ever, I missed drawing and painting and print design is hours and hours of it!
I love plants, sea life, biology and (some) insects, these are the inspiration for my drawing too. I’ve been to Australia to intern with a fab print studio called Karolina York and snorkelled in the Great Barrier Reef and the whole thing was just brilliant, shout out to KY team for just being the best and making me feel like part of the team. I’m strong-willed and speak my mind if something doesn’t sit right with me but I’d also give someone my last fiver if they needed it and I like being a mix of the two.
How did you decide to start your own business?
Well…. with a big risk and a lot of courage! I faffed around after I came back from Sydney for about 4 months, not sure where to go or what to do and then I decided that as much as I loved working in a Print Studio I liked the creative freedom of working on my own ideas more. At uni I don’t really think I new what I wanted but I new I liked this ‘style’ I’d started to develop and I suppose it went from there, wanting to progress with it and share it with others.
I’m not 100% sure when I decided to make clutch bags but the reason I did is because I wear so much black I wanted to make a bag that really stood out from my outfits and could be the focal point, bold, colourful and intense pattern on a bag just felt right. I decided to use scuba as I wanted the bags to be chunky but lightweight and scuba just feels great so it became the perfect fabric to use. I never learnt to machine sew at uni, I bought a sewing machine, got teaching myself and haven’t looked back since.
It was a risk setting up on my own and I had no idea how it would turn out but the response I’ve had has been incredible and I’m so grateful to the people who support me and buy my bags, not only customers but my family and friends, they are the people who help to make a business run too. It still feels unreal that people actually buy and wear something I have designed and made!
What do you love most about it?
The happy feeling I get when an order comes through to my phone and I feel overwhelmed with this funny thing of ‘as if this is actually my own business and it’s working out’.
What little things make you happy?
Nothing better than a country walk and a pint with the people I love, or just the pint, the walk doesn’t always fit in! I’m also happy around my nieces and nephew as they are so lovely and still young and happy to be with me. Plants make me happy too, not sure why.. they just do!
Any advice for someone starting their own business?
I would say be prepared to work the hardest you’ve ever worked in your life and accept the tiredness, it will be worth it trust me. Also, don’t let people put you off unless there is a legit reason it just will not work.. you never know what could happen if you take the risk! My favourite advice to myself (that I need to follow more) is, if you work from home, get up and get ready as if you were going out to a normal job.. it wakes you up and separates work from home as much as possible, it also saves the awkward thing of still being in your PJ’s at 3pm and your postman delivering a parcel which has happened to me a LOT!
Don’t be disheartened if things don’t move as fast as you’d like, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ as my mum says to me weekly and even if you work every hour you can there are still only 24 hours in a day and at least 5 of them need to be for sleeping! Also, I work part time in a normal job 3 days a week and I think it’s worth it because it gives you time to think of new ideas and also gives you interaction with other people because working on your own can be veryyyyy quiet too.
Basically, go for it, it’s fun, hard work and really scary but the best thing ever at the same time! I’ve only been ‘open for business’ since July so i’m still learning but I’m loving it so far!
As you can see, Bethany is SO lovely and her designs are incredible, don’t you think? Every piece is hand-made, therefore, every piece is unique – I think there’s something really special about that. Beth has kindly given a discount code for 10% off the bags on her website – SOPH10 – which will run till the middle of November, GO ON GURLLL, TREAT YO’SELF. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Stacks of love,