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How Jen Lewis started her ethical handbag company

Updated: Dec 2020

Stakeholders

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Financial investors
  • Textile and fashion designers
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

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Jen Lewis is the founder of Purse & Clutch. By working directly with artisans in Guatemala, Mexico & Ethiopia, the company produces thoughtfully designed & ethically made handbags.

This interview with Global Garbs explores Lewis’ journey starting the boutique shop that became the brand. She talks about the collaborative design process is collaborative - working with the artisans to see where they really shine & then bring the brand’s interpretation to the drawing board. She details on the how she developed the marketing, financing and the resources she uses to grow the business.

Lewis is firm on following sustainable principles for product craftsmanship. She describes the many handmade & natural processes used to craft quality leather bags, including small detailing to limited material waste and creating collections in small batches.

Read more: How Jen Lewis started her ethical handbag company

Topics

Using high quality hardware and processes for product longevity

Collaborating with ethical leather artisans for quality handmade products

Business development resources for early entrepreneurs

Finding inspiration for sustainable design in local cultures

Re-thinking textile design productio use and disposal

Geography

| United States

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