Handcrafted Mountain Clutches

I’m currently working on a handbag line.  Did I mention I’m a designer as well as a vintage shop owner and blogger?  I’ve sold a several pieces, had accessories featured in boutiques, presented a clothing collection at Baltimore Fashion Week (2011), and was featured on Baltimore’s WJZ Morning Show.  I’m trying to tailor my design aesthetic and really figure out where I want to go.  Easy right?  I wish.  Flashback to the million dollar question: what do you want to be when you grow up?

So here are two handbags that I’ve designed and hand crafted with my industrial sewing machine. They fit the bill for the mountain theme on the blog right now, so I thought it was appropriate to show them off and get your feedback.

Southwestern Pattern Fabric and Leather clutch - Handcrafted by Amanda Gill

Southwestern Pattern Fabric and Leather clutch – Handcrafted by Amanda Gill

Hunter Green Mountain Wristlet by Amanda Gill

Hunter Green Mountain Wristlet by Amanda Gill

These two pieces were cut from the same fabric and feature hunter green leather on the back with a leather wristlet strap.  I’ll have to get a snapshot of the entire print of the fabric.  It’s huge — which is wonderful because it allows for design freedom and maybe a massively printed tote bag.  The larger clutch features an orange lining with 3 interior pockets.  You need to be able to separate your stuff!  The wristlet features 1 pocket.

I was originally designing under the name Gilly Lynn, but lately I’ve been wondering if it’s time to merge my work with The Brass Giraffe or go with something a little less feminine in case I want to venture into a men’s leather accessory collection.  I’m a woman and a designer, so it’s only naturally for me to change my mind every now and then.

I want your thoughts!  Seriously, what do you think?  Do you like the fabric?  Is it something you’d carry?  I know I would, but I want to hear what you think.  What do you want out of your clutch?  What do you look for specifically when you pick out a handbag?  Oh, you love it so much you want to buy one?  I think we can arrange that… 

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2 Comments on Handcrafted Mountain Clutches

  1. Jordanna Arbogast
    11/19/2013 at 2:34 pm (5 years ago)

    OMG Amanda! I wish I had an ounce of your design talent!!! I LOVE the clutch! How much are you selling them for?

    • WiseBrunette
      11/24/2013 at 1:57 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much Jordanna! The larger clutch is $58.00 — it measures 11 inches x 7.5 inches with a 5.5 inch detachable strap. It has a thin piece of cream leather looped through the zipper as a pull which I attached after this photo. After carrying my own version, I realized it needed something on the zipper.

      The smaller wristlet (2nd photo) is $45.00. It measures 5.5 inches x 10 inches with a strap length of 5.25 inches. They each are made with upholstery grade fabric, hunter green leather, and the wristlet straps are suede on the back with raw edges. They are lined in a heavy orange fabric.

      Awhile ago I had an Etsy shop set up for my design work, but I’m trying to figure out a better way of combining what I do into one store. I’m probably going to put a shopping cart on The Brass Giraffe site (shopbrassgiraffe.com) to showcase handmade studio work.


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