Thank you Kathi for sharing.
I couldn’t agree with you more. Our expertise in making handbags is why we were hired to do the job even if the client has the “classroom” knowledge to make one themselves. Education does not stop inside the classroom. There is much to be learned in the outside world.
Being a designer yourself, you should tell your client when a design element is aesthetically unpleasant. I would concede to the bow but not with the exterior phone pocket. A pocket window would work better than a patch pocket in my opinion.