I’ve lived in the Washington area for most of my adult life and have dabbled in politics, public broadcasting, advertising and government relations in Denver, Dallas, and New York - something of a "checkered" past. A few years ago, I was the victim of what was euphemistically called an “employment separation.” I decided to take the opportunity to switch gears completely and put to work the sewing skills my mother taught me when I was a child! And I've never looked back.
I love handbags and I know I'm not alone in thinking those beautiful purses for special occasions are just too small. I don't carry a lot when I go out in the evening, but I want a purse that has enough room for a comb, a small wallet, keys, lipstick, a cell phone and, yes, reading glasses -- without my date having to carry half my things in his pockets! And the purse needs to be elegant and sophisticated at the same time. I couldn't find what I wanted...so, I designed it myself.
Except where noted, my purses are 100% silk, inside and out, and I use both solid color and embroidered silk - sometimes Dupioni and sometimes even upholstery fabrics, since they're a bit more durable than other silks. I then line each bag with a silk shantung, charmeuse or Dupioni silk to complement the outside of the purse. Linings may be in plaid or embroidered fabrics (in fact, sometimes, I have more fun choosing the lining than I do the outside). Between each layer of silk, I place a lining of netting to ensure the bag won't lose its slight balloon shape. And each bag has a small pocket inside for keys or lipstick. My purses are then finished off with trims and hardware, which vary from antique brass to crystal beads or colorful beaded trim, to gold or silver chains. I personally design and hand craft each purse just for you!
I also work with silk velvet material for beautiful holiday bags that are lined with a silk tartan plaid. And I've created a line of bridal bags which can be customized to match the design of an individual gown or specific wedding. And let's not forget the yummy clutch purses which fit perfectly in your hand.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Jillian Clark Gibson