Significant Journey: Purses With A Purpose

Significant Journey is not just another handbag company. Designer Kathy Lengyel’s embroidered story-telling purses are an artistic expression of life-relevant world issues. The mission of Significant Journey was to design a USA made exceptional embroidered bag that carries a symbolic message to the owner while benefiting other people in society. When Kathy begins the concept design of a bag she looks at world issues or lifestyles. She finds an encouraging word to name the style and then searches for a need (cause) that fulfills that style.Kathy connects a charity organization to the symbolic meaning each purse design represents, and donates 10% of the profit.

Significant Journey bags are made of high quality Ultrasuede® and microsuede polyester or durable canvas with intricate embroidery and some with appliqué.  The design process starts with Kathy’s pencil sketch. The sketch is scanned into the computer and re-drawn on the computer. Kathy creates an illustration with all detail and color scheme finalized. The artwork is then taken into an embroidery software program and is digitized for embroidery stitches. Every type of stitch is chosen with precise artistic style to achieve the right look that matches the illustration. The time and meticulous attention to detail is evident as you look through the Significant Journey collection.

The special names given for each design all have a positive message for the charities they represent. The Bee Yourself tote (pictured on left), with bumble bees swarming around polka dots gives a message about bumblebees not being aerodynamically designed to fly, but fly anyway, with 10% of proceeds going to organizations that help women build their confidence. Teach (pictured at the top), features a labyrinth, which is a metaphor for the journey to the center of ones deepest self and back out into the world with a better understanding of themselves, with 10% of profits going to Autism research.

Significant Journey purses are available exclusively online at or call 727-488-4624. They are made to order and take 3-4 weeks. The first 100 bags of each design are signed and numbered by designer Kathy Lengyel. Be sure to visit Significant Journey on Facebook!

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