Handbags hold items that are necessary to get through the day but are too large to fit in a wallet, such as cell phones, muffins, and novelty-sized checks. Populate your purse with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of customized handbags at Viv Pickle.
The pocketbook producers at Viv Pickle craft stylish handbags to customer specifications from a colorful array of fabrics and designs. To begin,canvas-carriers pick from more than 25 base shapes, such as saber ($40) or large messenger ($80), before adding accessories such as a mini zip flat wallet ($10) or gherkin makeup bag ($15). Each fashionable moneybag comes clad in a choice from more than 250 fabrics in a wide spectrum of colors and patterns, letting purse-carriers blend into stunning, plaid highland sunsets or roving herds of wild paisleys. After clients gracefully navigate the gauntlet of choices, each product arrives custom-built according to their exact design, just like a baby. Though on average completed creations cost about $65, bag prices range from $25–$85.
Susan Botwick Murphy, the self-taught crafter behind Viv Pickle, wasn't always in the handbag business. She was once the VP of marketing for a communications firm with a knack for sewing her own accessories. It took a seemingly unfortunate turn of events––a layoff from her corporate job—to transform her into the enterprising purse maven she is today. With her eye for design and her background in business, she's been able to run a successful custom handbag studio that churns out wares for customers across the globe.
She and her seamstresses put together baguettes, buckets, clutches, and totes using a palette of more than 150 fabrics, and a variety of handle and lining materials. A rainbow of patterned prints catches the eye, and waterproof nylons repel leaky lunches and spilled vials of plutonium.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106