One-of-a-kind, supportive and reliable — Holland Designs will become your new best friend.
Launched in late 2020 by Toronto-based designer Kate Holland, Holland Designs was founded on the idea of creating the perfect bag that is trendy and practical for every season.
Beginning with the Teddy Tote (a Holland Designs original) for the winter season, Holland Designs now carries many other gorgeous and innovative totes, bags and beautiful silk pouches — all designed by Kate and and made locally in Toronto.
“I initially had the idea to create my original product (our Teddy Tote) because I am someone who carries everything everywhere! I was always carrying around a large tote bag, but could never find one that was affordable, fashionable and unique,” said Kate. “I made my first Teddy Tote for myself to carry around and use, but shortly after I realized that this was something that other people wanted as well. I started to slowly make more, and then from there began to create new styles for each season.”
With more new designs on the horizon, Kate looks forward to Holland Designs’ continued growth and receiving great feedback and support from her outstanding customers.
“I have always loved fashion, and the idea of creating my own brand is something I have always dreamed of.”
What’s your mission and vision?
Holland Designs was founded on the idea of creating the perfect bag that is trendy and practical for every season. I wanted to make something that is cool but also extremely useful, not just for single-use, but a staple in your closet.
Why did you decide on the name ‘Holland Designs’?
Naming the brand was one of the hardest parts for me! While I’m creative in some ways, coming up with a name wasn’t one of them. Holland is my last name and I have always loved it, so I thought why not just name it that.
Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
I draw inspirations for my designs from all over! I am constantly checking out new trends for upcoming seasons, and seeing what people are interested in. I love to ask my Instagram community what they are loving and not loving so I can design something that people are looking for and wanting each season.
What’s the process behind making and designing your bags?
Each bag is so different in terms of making and designing. My most recent bag (Silky Pouches) has probably been the most complex as they are hand drawn and printed. I started by drawing the design I wanted then created it on Illustrator. From there I took it to a printing company that prints designs onto blank fabric. Once the rolls of fabric were done the bags then went into production.
What is your favourite thing about being a small business owner/entrepreneur?
I love being able to do what I am passionate about everyday! Every aspect that goes into growing the business is so important and meaningful, and it makes me so happy to see my dream become a reality.
What’s some feedback you’ve received from happy customers?
I absolutely love hearing all feedback from my customers! It means so much to me to hear everyone’s opinions and ideas. My favourite feedback from happy customers is hearing how often people use the bag! I love when people tell me that this is their new every day bag, and that it’s exactly what they needed.
Future plans for Holland Designs?
I’d love to continue making bags, and also expand into making clothes and other accessories as well! No immediate plans yet but a couple ideas in the works!