Success for Wisbech designer Katie Sykes as she bags sales in Germany, Australia on top of early successes in other countries

PUBLISHED: 11:36 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:36 18 September 2017

Katie Sykes, 24, from Wisbech, founder of Katherena Bags. Picture: University of Central Lancashire

Katie Sykes, 24, from Wisbech, founder of Katherena Bags. Picture: University of Central Lancashire

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A fashion graduate from Wisbech is hoping to bag as many online sales as she can after starting her own accessories business.

After a successful launch in May, Katherena Bags has now been picked up by online boutiques in Germany and Australia – which began selling its products this month.

Katie Sykes set up her company after a less than enjoyable experience of London living caused her to give up her dream job as a celebrity stylist and move home to Wisbech.

The 24-year-old designs the bags herself, which come in three styles – clutch, rucksack and holdall – named after streets she has lived on. The online-only business sells to the UK, USA and Europe.

Ms Sykes said: “The first month or two was brilliant, and I had a fantastic launch.

“In the first year I’m estimating I’ll make about £10,000 in sales, but I’ve had a lot of overheads.”

She has two new bag designs in the pipeline, which could go on sale this year.

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