Fab Finds on Etsy: Nana by Sally Spring Modern Geometrics Collection


We first featured Nana by Sally bags {here} and keep up with the incredibly talented Sally Peek via Facebook (go like the page!) where she posts all of her beautiful, colorful creations.  Each statement piece is handmade with love and truly an original – no two Nana bags are the same, and most are priced under $100!  Shop the entire Nana by Sally collection on Etsy.

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Designer Profile: Sally Peek of Nana by Sally

Sally Peek of Nana by Sally

I had the pleasure of first meeting Sally Peek of Nana by Sally last year, and have since been inspired by her creative approach to designing one-of-a-kind accessories in the comfort of her lovely home studio in Columbia, South Carolina.  When I started researching designers to feature in HandbagReport.com’s new studio at Tapp’s Art Center, I came across Nana by Sally on Etsy, and knew that her “100% unique” handmade accessories would be a perfect fit.  While visiting Sally earlier in the week, we had a chance to catch up, and she allowed me to snap a few pics of her space and to learn more about where she finds inspiration.

HR: When did you first start designing bags, and how did you transition into doing it full time?

Sally: I first started designing bags nearly 5 years ago.  I was working full time when I began my business and it took me a couple of years to transition slowly into designing bags full time.  I took baby steps to get to where I am and I am glad for that.

HR: Shopping for fabric seems like a fun aspect of being a designer.  Walk us through your process of finding fabric for future collections. 

Sally:  Finding fabric is most definitely one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I travel to fabric stores throughout the year to hand pick the most unique fabrics.  I also have a handful of online shops that I have used for years and I trust the quality of the fabrics they sell.  It is a process but I try not to over-think what I am buying.  It sounds a bit cheesy, but I do really just buy whatever fabrics speak to me.  So far, that approach has kept me honest to my vision!

HR:  We love that you offer a range of accessories, all of which are one-of-a-kind.  Where do you find inspiration when creating each piece?

Sally:  Sometimes my inspiration for a new design may come from a scrap of fabric someone gives me.  Perhaps it is an odd size and I have to find a way to turn it into something beautiful.  That is where my pattern drafting comes into play.  I may come across a delicate lace, for example.  Since I know this type of material would not hold up as an “everyday” handbag, I visualize it into becoming a lovely evening bag.  The inspiration really does come from the fabrics and trims I use.

HR:  As a successful entrepreneur and mother of two small children, can you offer any tips on managing time and finding balance?

Sally:  Managing my time as a mother and entrepreneur is a daily challenge.  However, I am a hard worker by nature and find that if I stay dedicated to my passion, success happens.  If one of my girls is sick and I know that I cannot work for a few days, I find peace in immersing myself in being a nurturer for her.  These days are usually balanced by those in which my husband is around and I can dive headfirst into my studio work.  And, there is always late night work!  It is all about taking it one day at a time.

HR:  What does the future hold for Nana by Sally?  Would you consider expanding your accessories collection?

Sally: I don’t know what the future holds for Nana by Sally.  To be honest, I am not sure that I want to know.  Like any business owner, I want my company to thrive and grow.  However, I try not to get bogged down in long-term planning of anything.  I do find that I set goals for myself each year, whether that is hiring sewing help so that I can dedicate more time to the design of my bags or reaching out to more retail stores.  I have met my yearly goals each year so far and I just have faith that I will continue to do so.  I am happy in what I do and, to me, this is the ultimate success.

It’s always encouraging to learn of others who turn their passion into a full time career.  Visit Nana by Sally on Facebook for updates and to check out the latest designs.