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Stitched handbags merge fine art and everyday necessity. Each bag is hand-painted making each bag a unique piece of art.

The Tara Tote
The Tara Tote

WHAT IS STITCHED?

Stitched is the unique hand-bag company founded in 2009. Our goal is to offer gorgeous, durable, non-disposable fashion accessories that move the world to a better place with every purchase.

As one-of-a-kind pieces of functional fashion, Stitched handbags merge fine art and everyday necessity. Each bag is hand-painted in a process that makes the fabric as unique as a fingerprint. This fabric is then cut, assembled and hand-stitched into a variety of bags, pocket books, and clutches.

Stitched Hand-bags are fun, durable, sexy, playful and come in virtually limitless exterior/interior color and pattern combinations. Here's a sample of one Clutch design:

The Polly Pocketbook
The Polly Pocketbook

WHY STITCHED HAND-BAGS?

Each bag is different from the next.

They combine the originality of art with the stylishness of design & color with a promise: We promise that everyone involved, from the consumer to collaborating artisan, benefits in a way the makes our world a better place to live, love and learn in.

Made in sweetshops not sweatshops, Stitched handbags transcend their pragmatic purpose combining wearable art and social responsibility. Designed with imaginative care these bags are inspirations and not just disposable fabrications.

Bunch O' Clutches
Bunch O' Clutches

WHAT'S THE PLAN?

Stitched bags are assembled and stitched by collaborating artisans from all over the world.  With this Kickstarter project, we are expanding our model for empowerment collaborating with Y.U.M. in Indonesia on a Limited Edition series of custom Stitched bags.

Y.U.M. is a foundation that works to improve the life of the poor and destitute in Indonesia.  By making a pledge to this project, you'll not only receive a limited edition, hand-crafted, stylish hand-bag, you're helping the artisans who hand-stitched them toward economic empowerment, self sustainability and a better life for them, their families and their communities.

 Be among the first to get your hands on this limited edition line of Stitched bags and literally kickstart this program into a sustainable future.

HOW IS A STITCHED BAG MADE?

1. All of the bag exteriors are hand-painted by Houston artist Whitney Riley.  Whitney is a multi-media artist, painter, sculptor & sketch artist.  You can see samples of her work at: whitneyriley.com.

2. Whitney then combines the exterior, interior and stitch color of your choice for your own personal, custom hand-bag.

3. Artisans in communities all over the world hand-stitch the bags providing valuable capital working toward sustainability and a better quality of life.

Wide variety of colors shapes and sizes. How Fun!
Wide variety of colors shapes and sizes. How Fun!
Wide variety of colors shapes and sizes. How Fun (again)!
Wide variety of colors shapes and sizes. How Fun (again)!

Watch the process in :35 seconds:

WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE MONEY?

Money from this Kickstarter project will go towards:

1.  Buying canvas, paint, latches, zippers & fabric in enough bulk to make this Limited Edition set of hand-made bags.

2. Setting up the streamlined, cost-effective collaborative process between the artist/designer and the artisans to produce these bags in large quantities, helping the artisan community toward self sufficiency.

DESIGN YOUR BAG

There are over 20 different rewards to choose from. Once we reach our Kickstarter goal (with your help!), we will send you a survey for you to pick the exact exterior, interior and stitching color for the bag(s) you've chosen creating a one-of-a-kind, personal fashion-art piece. The possibilities are (almost) endless!  Here are some of the options including the Limited Edition Exterior Palate and a sampling of interior choices for this Kickstarter project.

THESE ARE SOME SAMPLES OF THE EXTERIOR & INTERIOR COLORS/PATTERNS

(Order your reward now; We'll send you a survey to choose your colors after this camaign is completed)

REWARDS

Below are samples of the design and shape of each bag type.  All bags and reward products for this project are custom orders with interior, exterior and stitching colors chosen by you! 

JUST ORDER THE  BAG STYLE(S) YOU WANT AND WE'LL SEND YOU A SURVEY TO PICK YOUR COLORS.

REWARD #1 MEDITATION

REWARD #2: THE KOOL KEY FOB

REWARD #3: THE CLASSIC CARD CARRIER

REWARD #4: THE MAX WALLET

REWARD #5: THE SEXY CUFF

REWARD #6: THE POLLY POCKETBOOK

REWARD #7: THE LISA CLUTCH

REWARD #8: THE RAVEN WRISTLET

REWARD #9: THE WHITNEY BAG

REWARD #10: THE MARILYN CLUTCH

REWARD #11: THE GINA SLING

REWARD #13: THE HOLLY ROUND

REWARD #16: THE MEIKE BAG

REWARD #17: THE STYLISH ERIN SHOPPER

REWARD #18: THE EDDIE MESSENGER

REWARD #19: THE TARA TOTE

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I've been making Stitched bags for over 4 years and am confident in my ability to deliver. One of the ongoing challenges is that Stitched is a Brand but there are many, many products that are all co-designed by the individual who buys them. For some, that is a creative and fun challenge, for others it can seem like a lot. We've tried to make it as clear as possible and will provide a clean, clear survey for all backers to make their specific orders.

I'm also confident in my Christmas deadline of delivery. However, there are 2 potentials challenges here:

1. An overwhelmingly positive response.
2. An unpredictable delay to supply chain and manufacturing processes.

My partner in Indonesia, Y.U.M. and I have a plan for expansion if the project is vastly more successful than anticipated and we have lined up additional artisans to adjust in case their are more than 1500 orders.

In either case, Stitched will communicate with you fully at all stages of manufacturing and any unforeseen delays in stated delivery times.

FAQ

  • After the funding period ends I'll reach out with the official KickStater rewards survey. You can specify the exterior colors and interior fabrics there.

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  • Just like a painting on your wall, the bags are made of hand-painted canvas.

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    THE SECRET, POWERFUL THANK YOU MEDITATION: You will receive a down-loadable 30 minute, super feel-the-vibes of-our-thanks meditation with your $8 pledge.

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    THE KOOL KEY FOB. No bit of material is wasted in our process. Some people call left over material scraps, we call them potential. This is the energy you carry into life with each key fob. There are three designs to choose from. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE CLASSIC CARD CARRIER. Whether you carry your credit cards or business cards in these little stitched gems you will feel fantastic each time you pull it out and sense the energy and love that went into making this perfect accessory. This little carrier is 3” wide and 2” tall. With this pledge level you also get The Thank You Meditation

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    THE SEXY CUFF: People notice this cuff and say "wow"! The sexy cuff was born out of loving and using every little piece of material. Whether you are 2 or 92 people feel compelled to ask you about your cuff and where you got it. All cuffs are custom ordered to fit your wrist.With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE MAX WALLET: Thin and super-practical, this eye-catching wallet is a fun & effective way to carry your credit cards, cash, membership cards and more. It has a flap for all your money or other paper stuff, a slot for your everyday cards, and another pocket for your less used cards and extra cash. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE POLLY POCKETBOOK: This is a slim 4 1/2” x 9” stylish way to hold your wallet and/or cards, receipts, cash, and phone. It is the smallest of our clutch line, but ever so bold. It has one inside pocket and a magnetic snap closure. This is carry and ready to go or popped inside another bag.With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE iPad MINI ENVELOP. The perfect cushiony home for your mini tablet. It's 8" tall and 5.5" wide for a safely snug fit with a foldover velcro closue.

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    THE iPad ENVELOP. The perfect cushiony home for your tablet. It's 10" tall and 7.5" wide for a safely snug fit with a foldover velcro closue.

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    THE LISA CLUTCH. This classic clutch can be popped inside another bag holding all of your essentials or taken out for a night on the town. It is 6” tall & 11½” wide, has one internal pocket and has a fold-over magnetic snap closure.With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE RAVEN WRISTLET. Once you start using this cutest of wristlets you won’t be able to live without it. It is hands free carrying at its most stylish. It is 7" tall and 8 1/2" wide. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE MARILYN CLUTCH: This snazzy clutch is a little roomier for all the stuff you need heading off to work or stepping out on the town. It is 7” tall and 12½” wide and has one internal pocket with a decoratively sloping fold-over magnetic snap closure. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE WHITNEY BAG. The original Stitched bag. Nothing says original like carring this piece around. It is the purse that started everything. It is 11" wide, 5" tall, and 2" deep. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE GINA SLING. Keep the complements coming with this unique sling. This hugging sling is 12 ½” at its widest point, 10 ½” deep with one internal pocket and one external pocket. The strap is 3” wide and 12 ¾” long from top of bag to top of shoulder.With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE MAX WALLET 5-PACK. This will make your Christmas shopping super easy and fun with these stylishly functional and colorful wallets. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE HOLLY ROUND. This lovely round bag turns into a soft reliable friend over time. We love it and know you will too.It has 11½” diameter and is 5” wide with a magnetic snap closure.With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE POLLY POCKETBOOK 5-PACK: This will make your Christmas shopping super easy and fun with these stylishly functional and colorful pocketbooks. They have one inside pocket and a magnetic snap closure. This is carry and ready to go or can be stored away inside another bag. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    MARILYN CLUTCH 3-PACK: This will make your Christmas shopping super easy and fun with these sleekly stylish colorful clutches. These clutches are a little roomier for all the stuff you need heading off to work or stepping out on the town. They have one internal pocket with a decoratively sloping fold-over magnetic snap closure. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE MIEKE BAG. Everything you need fits into this wonderful bag. You’ll soon find you can’t go anywhere without it. It is 14” long, 7” wide, and 11” tall. It has an internal pocket on one side and a large zipper pocket on the other side. The strap hangs 12” from top of the shoulder to the top of the bag. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE STYLISH ERIN SHOPPER. This anywhere shopper is great for all your errands as well as trips to the park or beach. You’ll never go shopping again without receiving tons of compliments on your very expressive bag. This bag is 20” long 7” wide and 14” tall with an internal zip pocket. Straps are 10” from top of bag to shoulder. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE EDDIE MESSENGER. This messenger bag has a phone pocket a large pocket that can hold a tablet and a key pocket. It is 16 wide, 11 tall, and 5" deep. The strap hangs 20" inches from the top of the shoulder to the top of the bag. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE TARA TOTE. This iconic, two-toned bag will definitely get noticed. It has one internal pocket and one front pocket. This bag is 14” wide, 10” tall, and 6” wide with a magnetic closure. The straps are 10” from the top of the bag to the top of the shoulders. With this pledge you also get The Thank You Meditation.

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    THE FUN PACK: 3 Polly Pocketbooks, 1 Lisa Clutch and an Eddie Messenger all bundled up in this colorful fun pack!

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    DESIGN AND NAME A NEW BAG. Let your creativity go wild designing your bag with Stitched founder, Whitney. Name it and, of course, receive the first one!

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    TRIP TO JAKARTA, DESIGN AND NAME A NEW BAG. Come to Jakarta with us for a week, meet the local artisans, work with Stitched founder, Whitney on your very own new bag. Design it, name it and, of course, receive the very first one!

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