Chief design and production officer
I couldn’t have known it, but I had been training for this role my whole life. I always had a strong sense of style. I would always buy second hand clothes, so I developed a keen eye for quality, and already had worked with tailors who I often had customize my clothes.
In the summer of 2021, when my sister called me crying about the poor quality of some of the products she was receiving, I agreed to help her for one month. Immediately, so much of what I needed to do felt natural. I became responsible for sourcing the highest quality materials, helping to improve the designs of the bags, and matching the traditional fabrics to the colors of canvas that we use.
My job quickly grew to full time, and now includes office management and quality control. This has been both the most difficult and most rewarding part of my job. I love that I get to meet so many different people and develop relationships, all in the service of making the most beautiful products possible. It has also been difficult, being a soft spoken woman, learning to manage talented people who have their own good ideas. I’ve never been one to run from a challenge, however, and I couldn’t imagine a more fun, exciting, and fulfilling career.