I am always inspired by self taught designers because it takes patience, discipline, innovation, and self confidence to learn a new craft or skill and actually turn it into a profitable business. Cara Kiely was frustrated with constantly having to search through her purse for her wallet, keys, cell phone, etc., all while juggling one child on her hip and another at her side. She could not find a handbag that met her needs as a busy working mom, so she decided to create her own.
Cara began researching leatherwork and contacted other self-taught leather handbag designers for advice, and created her first leather handbag that was both functional and fashionable. Cara then used the leftover leather to create market totes (pictured below on left) to give to family and friends for the holidays, and needless to say, they were a hit!
To Market Tote, Price: $425, Priviledged Clutch, Price: $365, and Essentia, Price: $345
What began as an effort to simplify her busy life has turned into a successful and fulfilling career. Combining her initial concept of functional quality with style and design, Cara now creates custom handbags for her clients, showcasing the beauty of natural leathers and hides. Whether your style is chic and sophisticated or earthy and bohemian, Cara can design the ideal handbag to suit your unique style. Below are a some of the styles for custom handbags.
Build a Bag styles: Collegiate, Vintage and Cosmopolitan
Build a bag styles: Data Junkie, Outta Here and Harmony
To design your unique Cara Kiely original, go to Design a Bag at CaraKielyHandbags.com. You have the option of choosing from over ten styles, colors, and other details to make the bag of your dreams. Cara is offering the Facebook community a generous 20% summer discount with free shipping thru August 31st. Enter promotion code “Facebook” during checkout.