What????????????????The Shop Is Open

Hey All, I’ll be slowly restocking my shop with bags, clutches, fabric and eventually the Box.

I just uploaded a gorgeous Magenta Ikat patterned Downtown Tote in my shop. The Downtown Tote is a versatile everything bag. Slouchy and casual, the Downtown Tote folds up easily and can be a back up bag when you’re toting back vacation goodies.

Got to get your hands on it?! Follow the link to the shop.

The Creative Call|Before I Was a Blogger..

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Logo created by Moxie Pear

I had a company making modern colorful accessories for babies and moms.  Pink Koala Design was my vision for something that lacked in the market at a time that I was trying to have a baby and failing miserably. In spite of the difficulties of infertility, I made (bragging on myself) beautifully curated baby bibs, burp clothes, changing stations (DiaperKeeper(C)), pinafores, and that morphed into stockings, aprons and eventually adding on tote bags, cosmetic bags, and clutches.

Towards the end of fashion design school at Drexel University, I found a love for accessories. The store owner of the boutique that I worked in allowed me the opportunity to sell bags in the store. And I made all the accessories, hats, bags, and jewelry for my grad fashion project. I LOVE accessories because they are the icing aka “the suga’ “on an outfit whether it’s a simple diamond necklace or a statement necklace Iris Apfel would envy.

Pink Koala Design was on Etsy and I also had my own website. I sold to customers all over the world. Locally, I sold my product in several stores and at craft markets. I gifted product to some pretty popular celebs and even went out to Hollywood for an invite only gifting suite for the Golden Globes.

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And then something happened to change all that. What I first saw as burnout, discontent soon gave way to some health issues and ultimately realizing that God was moving me in a new direction in life still connected to design and fashion but different. My focus shifted to surface pattern design and I had the vision of a building a mom community blog that didn’t take off. Ultimately I really only wanted to talk about design, so I started another blog for just me. Eventually I took a step back and decided to combine the best aspects of each blog into We Are F.AS.H.I.O.N. which was the name that I had come up with for my mentoring program.

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Logo created by: We Are F.A.S.H.I.O.N.

Oh I forgot to mention that? Well the direction that God was leading me in was teaching and mentoring kids. The idea first came to me in design school and 11 years later I started making moves to make that program happen. You can read about that here.

While I haven’t made bags in about four years and it’s no longer my main passion or direction, Pink Koala Design was big part of my CREATIVE story, my creative calling.  I still LOVE them and I have totes of unfinished bags that I plan to resurrect in the summer. People ask me all the time if I’m going to make bags again because they LOVE them. They were well constructed and I used some of the best fabrics I could find, many that are out of print now.  I thought it would be cool to share a few of my favorites and a sneak peek into some that I’ll be working on this summer.  When I pull out the unfinished bags and see the fabrics, I get a rush of excitement and I can’t wait to see them on the arm of some FABULOUS electric lady.

Have a look at some of my favorite designs.

//BAGS//

//BIBS//

//BURP CLOTHS//

 

//CLUTCHES//

//MISC//

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The Suga’|Urban Kraft Paper Bags

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Feels like paper. Looks like paper. Eco-friendly. Tech-friendly. Water Repellent. Tear Resistant. Urban Kraft’s line of bags and accessories are inspired by the classic brown bag, a common staple in most of our lives. Made from a super strong craft paper material that’s washable and tear resistant. These bags are made to last and hold up as you go about your daily grind.

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Window Shopping|Happy Jackson Accessories

Life is Amazing

Bright colors, bold patterns, playful words—that’s what the products from Happy Jackson are all about! Their designs are made to inspire smiles and add color, energy and fun into the world.

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The Suga’| Old School Craft meets Modern Day Adventures

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Hey all! Just sharing a little sweetness today. This is a great find! Having made and sold all sorts of bags, I can spot a solid handbag or tote. These bags from Sketchbook Crafts, I really like. Here’s a designer after my own heart CREATING beautiful and functional bags.

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