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About us

Purse for the People is a female-owned business committed to creating beautiful, sustainable and personalized bags while holding the highest standards in our relationships with our artisans, the environment, and our customer.

We are the only company using rattan, a sustainable material, to create fully customized high quality bags. All other materials are thoughtfully sourced to help lessen the negative impact on the environment. We love beautiful and individualized style, celebrate creativity and innovation, and respect the earth and its resources.

How It Works

Step 1. You design your own bag online and personalize it to your style. With easy mouse clicks, you select the style, colors and finishes you want.

Step 2. Your customized design is brought to life with quality, handmade workmanship here in our US factory, and shipped directly to your door.

Step 3. Enjoy! 

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Manufacturing

The earth’s resources are plentiful, and we use them wisely to reduce waste. By making each custom design individually, our focus can rest on higher quality standards one bag at a time, while reducing the waste associated with mass production.

Over three million tons of fashion items are disposed of in the US alone each year and over 15 million tons globally. This waste of unwanted and unsold items typically finds its way into landfills, or is burned, leaching toxic chemicals into soil, air and water. We only manufacture what you buy, and focus on building beautiful, sustainable bags that last.

Materials

Rattan

Our rattan, a strong yet lightweight vine from the rain forest, is sourced from Indonesia and is the base to all our featured bags. Sustainably harvested rattan can help with forest maintenance as trees are necessary for the vine to properly grow. Increasing the demand for rattan can help in lessening deforestation. Rattan can be found in our Pine, Sequoia, Juniper, Laurel and Palm bags.

Natural Fibers

Durable fabrics from Hemp and other natural fibers, are featured in our Sequoia and Palm bags. We strive to use sources of organic and naturally dyed fabrics that are healthier for the environment and people.

Recycled Polyester

Our polyester materials are made from pre and post consumer recycled textiles. Man-made plastic textiles, such as petroleum based polyester, never decompose and are mechanically broken into smaller and smaller fragments. By reusing these fibers, plastics in the environment are being reduced. Recycled polyester can be found in our Laurel, Juniper. Palm, Sequoia and Pine bags.

Alternative Leather

Microki is our alternative to cow’s leather. This specific textile is different compared to other vegan friendly materials because it is plant based, lessening plastic waste and completely washable. Microki alternative leather can be found in our Laurel, Juniper, Sequoia, Palm and Pine bags.

Alternative Leather

Smart Materials 

Our Artisans

We invest in indigenous artisans and their communities. These artisans are the heart of our handcrafted products, as we value their exceptional skills and the individual beauty they bring to each product and our community. We prioritize environmentally conscious processes and technologies and work with organizations that meet internationally recognized sustainability standards.

While we’re not completely perfect in our practices due to roadblocks and obstacles in the industry, we strive to support materials scientists and innovators, working to develop sustainable, plant based materials that biodegrade naturally. Stay tuned for more details on how we plan to change the fashion industry and better the environment.

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