Vivian Zhang
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Talented specialises in a range of creatively driven sustainable accessories and tote bags. The Talented brand celebrates the bag as an art form, and collaborates with upcoming British artists, designers and print makers on a seasonal rotation.

The brand is an artistic endeavour, based on the founder’s background in print, along with the exclusivity of each designer collaboration. Every Talented product range includes an inspiration, journey and thought process, which are delivered from the drawing board through to product.

Not only is each print exclusive to the Talented range, the creative process also involves the tradition of printmaking. In an increasingly digital age, Talented is proud to keep this tradition alive and showcase the quality and technical standard of print it can produce from its own eco-print factory in Yorkshire, England.

Julia Gash is the chief designer and talent scout. She sources emerging designers to work alongside her in order to create a collection of sustainable, canvas tote bags and purses that incorporate striking graphics, interesting style features and turn the humble tote into a work of art.

Julia’s own work depicts places around the world seen through her eyes. Drawn in a naïve style, her interest in architectural detail and the shape and character of a building is an honest, playful and unique interpretation of the world we live in. As well as contributing to the talented collection, Julia licenses her work onto other medium such as wall art and works to commission.

Talented’s key designers include Cherith Harrison, whose beautifully illustrated, wildlife images work across a range of totes and purses. Leslie Astor provides a sense of humour with her quirky slogans, printed in rainbow colours. Helen Entwistle injects an American retro twist into the collection and katy Webster from miri studios brings cute to cotton canvas. This year we signed up two new designers - Alex Foster who featured quirky illustrations of seaside scenes for Talented and Zoe Badger who made artistic British florals onto tote bags.

In 2014 Talented developed a pop up display concept, which enables retailers to have fresh totes delivered every 6 weeks on a consignment basis. This initiative enables Talented to have an ever evolving presence in stores and to provide an element of sustainable, creative style to consumers.
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Sheffield-based eco-bag manufacturer, Bag It Don’t Bin It (BIDBI), owns the Talented brand. Launched at the start of 2013, Talented originally launched under the brand name Talented Totes. In a decision to streamline the brand identity and increase its global appeal, the brand re-launched as Talented in January 14.

Sheffield where the brand is based is an industrial city, located in Yorkshire in the north of England. Fueling the industrial revolution, Sheffield gained an international reputation for steel production – before its steady decline in 1960’s and 70’s. In the last ten years new investment in the region has sown the seeds in new business, innovations and a return to manufacture. BIDBI is an award winning example of regional, national and international business success.

Julia Gash, company CEO, established bidbi in 2008, which now employs a team of 25 at their the Yorkshire-based factory and head office. Larger scale or bespoke bag production is carried out in factories in England or with fair-trade certified partners in India.

Fairly traded products and ethical manufacture underpin the core values of the BIDBI brand group. Equally, providing local employment, skilled training opportunities and apprenticeships within Sheffield and the local economic area, is also a key business priority.

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Posted on January 28, 2015 at 16:20 0 Comments

British designer Julia Gash is making a donation for Médecins Sans Frontières‎ through her cool and collectible African inspired tote bag collection: “Things I Know About Africa” in order to help fight Ebola.

Julia Gash is the chief…


Talented back to Clothes Show by popular demand

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 14:30 0 Comments

Talented is a Sheffield-based eco-company specialising in a range of creatively driven sustainable accessories and tote bags. It celebrates the bag as an art form and collaborates with upcoming British artists, designers and print makers on a seasonal rotation. On Friday 5 December 2014 Talented will provide a feast to your eyes on an all-open 18 square metre stand opposite Starbucks and the Olympus catwalk.…



Posted on November 25, 2014 at 16:00 0 Comments

A chain of 13 lingerie stores, Cuddle & Kiss, have opened in Japan this Autumn under the direction of Sheffield-based, national award winning entrepreneur Julia Gash.

Julia is the CEO of Bag It Don’t Bin It Ltd. (BIDBI), an eco-bag company based in Sheffield that makes sustainable tote bags under private label. She is also the curator and chief designer for…


Sheffield CEO Wins National Award

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:30 0 Comments

CEO of Bag It Don’t Bin It Ltd. (BIDBI), a Sheffield-based company, was crowned with UK Small & Medium Company Director of the Year in London on Friday 24 October 2014.

Julia Gash, a female entrepreneur who started BIDBI almost seven years ago, caught everyone’s eyes at The…


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