Before I launched this brand, I had been designing bags and backpacks for other brands for many years. After some encouragement and much inspiration, I launched a small line of affordable, vintage inspired, handcrafted leather bags. This line immediately resonated with women of all generations and our business grew as I continued to refine our line and innovate with new leathers, prints, and fabrications each season. I have been fortunate to travel all over the world, and as I do, I collect ideas that translate into a future print or collection. It may be moss on an old building, a vintage dress, a scene in a movie, or even local foods! Lately it has been challenging as I have not traveled in months due to COVID-19 but I have found there is no shortage of inspiration around us, even in your mother’s closet! This is what keeps me going, knowing there are women out there who appreciate the same quality and special moments in our past or future life experiences like I do.
When I think about what we have accomplished over the last ten years, it’s a bit overwhelming: we launched a men’s accessories line, a stationery and gift line, scarves, footwear, luggage, jewelry, and most recently a woven knit line. We started to sell beyond department stores, online and on tv, and you can find us in the Atlanta airport and later this year in the Nashville airport. We expanded our NY showroom to accommodate our growing collection and moved into a new corporate headquarters and flagship store in Knoxville in an old building my husband restored. If you ever have a chance to visit us here, you will experience what everyone says when they come here -- which is that you can instantly feel the brand when you drive up to the building and walk inside, and you can’t help but smell the leather that surrounds you.