No other accessory draw closer to the obverse of Portland Movement than custom made handbags. Small-scale manufacturers produce highly functional, witty and stylish pieces from high-gloss handbags of Jade Planet fabricated from repurposed Hollywood film to vintage leather of BD503’s a popular designer, Bianca Pettinari. After designing abroad for several years and working with global brands such as John Galliano, Bianca Pettinari is operating from her Gulch Studio in Sullivan. According to David Haines, people are now shifting their focus to handmade accessories. With 20 years of designing expertise in Italy, a native of Eugene and a graduate of “Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design”, David Haines together with Pettinari founded BD503.
Most of the reputed brands have recently diluted their stock manufactured by mass production unit in China. Today, maximum numbers of people are hunting for repurposed and made in USA bags. BD503 bags are made of recycled vintage leather fabric and other high-quality leathers from manufacturing process. These handbags are priced between $249 and $349 that is reasonable and easy on the pocket of customers. A little expensive range of handbags cost you more than $750 and made from authorized exotic skin such as water snake, crocodile and stingray. Customers can find these bags in Paloma Clothing, EcoVibe Apparel, Manifesto, pedX and official website of BD503.
BD503 laid down its framework a year ago and recently company has come up with three shops countrywide including “Joan Shepp Boutique” at “Posh Rittenhouse Square area” in Philadelphia. Larry Olmstead, a leather worker of Entermodal makes use of pre-industrial revolution technique of bag making that includes hand-stitching and field orders from Hong Kong for custom-made bags. These handmade bags are also made up of vegetable-dyed leather manufactured from Italy and Sweden. Larry Olmstead sells these handmade bags along with ready-made handbags in his shop.
Founder and designer of “Queen Bee Creations”, Rebecca Pearcy produced a broad array of bags and accessories for setting up business in “North Williams Avenue Shop” so that customers can adore elegant cutting, snapping as well as sewing of her employees. According to Rebecca, people often scour hither and thither for a reliable and trendy store. Rebecca’s handbags are fabricated from faux leather and ranges between $68 and $140. In addition to this, designer also sells waxed canvas bags in natural color, convertible handbags and satchels. Pearcy’s array of waterproof panniers and bike bags highlights her top-notch stitching, vibrant and multicoloured graphics.