Hi friends. Are you a handbag girl like me? Does the thought of a brand new bag make you almost giddy? Do you, too, have a collection of bags that you will not part with? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you and I are soul sisters. 🙂 I have been a purse carrying girl since I could walk, and I’m not even exaggerating. #askmymom I’d like to think I have a good eye for bags as well. Maybe a handbag is my spirit animal. I know for sure that a handbag can make your life better. Let’s chat about it.
Unlike clothes, a handbag is always the right size. They fit your mood and reflect your personality. You can have one in every color and change them out often, or find a classic bag and carry it for a season or for years. In addition, they hold all of your essentials from just a lipstick and cell phone to your entire makeup collection and a laptop. They are the workhorse of our daily lives.
Now, trends come and go. I try to follow them, somewhat. However, when it comes to a handbag, I like what I like and I do not veer from that. I’ve tried from time to time and have mostly regret it. The handbag that seems to really ‘work’ for me is a good tote or maybe a hobo style. Anyone else agree with that?
Anyway, I wanted to try a fun tote for the summer. In my head I really wanted a bold black and white striped bag. However, I also wanted some leather on it so that it would hold up well. I stumbled upon a site that let me choose exactly the pattern I liked, the color lining I wanted (I did not want the inside to be dark!), and I could add leather. In short, a total custom bag in the style I like. Excited yet?
My story gets even better. A lady who was making her own bags as a hobby started this company. This “hobby” turned into an Etsy shop. Then it became a flourishing business. When she moved to Detroit, she saw the economic hardships and had the brilliant idea of hiring women from her own neighborhood. As it states on the site:
Our mission is to hire women who have various barriers to employment to make our custom leather and fabric bags. They are adopted into our Better Life family and given a chance to succeed in life, family, and friendship.
We really believe we have created a unique business that brings together YOUR design efforts with tangible needs in our community of Detroit, Michigan. Every bag we sell means more women that we can hire! Your bag will come with the name of the woman who made your bag – bringing the personal connection straight to your mailbox. We’d love it if you hung that card on your fridge to think about that woman whose life is being changed as a result of your purposeful purchase.
Talk about a win/win! You get a bag you love, and you make someone’s life better at the same time. I love the philosophy of this company and the idea of women helping other women. Moreover, I love my bag. If you’re interested in learning more or ordering your own bag, you can visit the Better Life Bags site here. I have no affiliation with them at all and no one has asked me to write for them. I am just a happy customer in support of this business, so I thought you should know.
Do you know of any other businesses like this one that could use our support? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to sign up for my email list here.