Charlotte Jamme, 47, founded Mia Tui, a brand of stylish travel bags, in 2011. She lives in Milton Keynes with her husband Philippe and their two children, Amelie, 14, and Mia, 13. I’ve never been a ‘handbag girl’, though I do remember buying my first, at 14: a tan bag by Jane Shilton — it’s probably quite ugly now, but I loved it. I’d saved up all my money to buy it. It was a defining moment of feeling like a grown-up. But I never thought I’d design my own. Handbag designer Charlotte Jamme, 47, had her lightbulb moment while sharing a jacuzzi with other ex-pat mothers Everything changed in 2004, when I’d just met Philippe. I woke up one day and couldn’t breathe. He called an ambulance and I found out I had blood clots on my lungs. It was a real wake-up call. I realised life is too short not to take risks. So, when Philippe got a job in Hong Kong only four months into us dating, I went with him. We had both our daughters there, before moving to Vietnam in 2008. As a result, I was travelling a lot between Vietnam, Hong Kong and the UK. It was hard work with two small children. I had a giant Tesco bag, which I’d constantly be rooting around in — it drove me mad! Then, in 2010, I ...