How Jen Lewis started her ethical handbag company - Library @ E2Expo
Updated: Dec 2020
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.