About us

Hello and welcome to Blime

In 2004 Kirstie Manning, based in Gloucestershire, launched an online shop – Custard Designs. Having had many years of experience sourcing accessories for high street brands, Kirstie wanted to create a website that offered fashionable, high quality, but affordable leather handbags and accessories. Ranges were bright and colourful, with detailing that made them unique.

With the growth in demand for a sustainable, environmentally conscious product, it was decided to look at rebranding Custard Designs. Now we have the pleasure in 2020 to introduce our new website – Blime.

Blime’s mission is to stock unique and hard to find global brands that showcase designs which are timeless classics.

Our customers will have a love for all things colourful and eclectic – looking for accessories that have style and attention to detail, combined with practicality. Our customers will have a real passion for the world around them, aware of the ever-increasing emphasis on the environment. The first brand to be introduced is Soruka.

Soruka believe that, ‘conscious fashion is not only possible, but necessary’.

Soruka bags are made with recycled leather that has been wasted by factories (scrap and left-over leather) and dead stock materials. The bags are manufactured in India, working closely with small, independent artisans to help grow their business and production capabilities. Soruka’s partnership with them is the best method of job creation in low income environments – and a way to preserve generational craftsmanship.

We love the ethos of Soruka bags and love that we can stock and support this growing business. See full page of their business/mission statement here.

We love to chat, so if you have a question, or like one of our products (but want it in another colourway?) e-mail us and we might be able to perform some magic.

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