“I wasn’t taking it too seriously and jokingly decided to rent a stall at a fair for self-made handbags. To my surprise, I sold almost every one of them. That, and the fact that my circle of friends wanted to have my bags, was what kick-started my career.” Residing in the Dutch town of Tiel, Nicole never makes two of the same handbag and her label Moonnick has earned a loyal clientele over the years. Her decision to use leather as her base material was easy. “I love that sturdy product. You don’t have to hem it, it doesn’t thrum and it has a very long lasting life.”