a message from the founder
When I first decided to create a handbag line I knew one thing – I wanted it to be made in the US. I really missed the quality of what that meant and I was tired of fashion I loved breaking on me. I cannot tell you how frustrating it is when you find the perfect handbag and six months later it breaks on you. Oh, I’ll just buy another one – you can’t, they don’t sell it anymore!!!
It turns out Made in USA only means that the LABOR is done in the USA. Materials can be from ANYWHERE and that’s where it gets tricky. In my experience, it’s not so much the labor that’s at fault then it’s the materials. Many people have told me that it’s okay to use third world parts and just label it Made in USA, but that just left a pit in my stomach. If I used third world parts, I would be half-assing the quality, and I don’t do that. I don’t believe it. Nope.
The Internet is an amazing invention. You can find anything with the touch of a mouse – bazillion recipes on margaritas, a first edition copy of The Great Gatsby, or even your doppelgänger from across the world. What you can’t find are US manufacturers for handbag parts. Why? Because like the panda, they are an endangered species. I scoured the internet and talk to supplier’s suppliers to try to find materials made in the US. Every call was the same: