Merhaba / Hello! Let me introduce myself.
My name is Serap Şengül from the beautiful city of Istanbul. As you can see from my work, I love designing handbags or as we call them in Turkey, çanta.
I was lucky enough to learn a lot about leathers under the wing of my mother while she was active in the leather import and export business in my early 20's. During my time there, I worked with vegan and natural leathers as well as exotic skins. So when a friend came to me with a bag design she could not find on the market and really wanted, a light bulb went off! With scraps from my mother’s leather business and the creative designs that were flooding through my mind, not only did I create the bag my friend requested but I also created 10 other of my original designs many more since. I then thought to myself I can really do this and and here I am with Arida!
With a lot of hard work and networking, I was then able to turn those 10 bag designs into contracts with some of Turkey's leading boutiques. These contracts helped me legitimize my business and allowed me to be able to open my own atelier and showroom where I now produce all of my current and future designs. A space where I could create whatever I wanted and whatever was asked of me as well. And that is exactly what I set out to do, create beautiful handbags for everyone.
With that being said I would like to set my dreams even higher and break into the global market to create and collaborate with like-minded individuals.
Teşekkürler / Thank you for taking the time to check out my work and I look forward to collaborating with you.