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HANDMADE BAGS BLOG

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Here we talk about all things handmade – we love sewing handmade bags, purses, clutches, coin purses, makeup bags, wristlets and baby bibs. We're always finding new fabrics and playing with new designs. Make sure to stay tuned here to learn more about what we do, where we're from (New York!) and find out about our latest favorite handmade accessories.

November 25, 2017

Quite often I am asked two questions about my small business website 144 Collection. The first is how did I come up with the name 144 Collection? The second is what is it like operating a small business? The first one is pretty simple since my handmade handbags and baby accessories company is named after the building where I first learned to sew. The second however is much more complicated especially in todays ever changing retail climate.

My mornings begin early because I take product pictures of handbags, wristlets, makeup bags, and baby gifts first thing. I have favorite local community shops that let me take pictures of my products no questions asked. Though I usually buy something that I usually will use as a pro...

November 21, 2017

Coin purses are a great way to keep loose change, cash and credit cards organized.  The ultimate accessory that can be easily slipped into your wristlet purse, tote or shoulder bag coin purses are fun and fashionable.  Floral, retro, bold and gold we have the perfect handmade coin purse for you.

Our coin purses are cute, functional and small enough to slip in to your handmade bag or carry by itself for a quick coffee run.  Made with either cotton or leather, your credit cards can easily be stored in the front or back compartment of our fabric coin purse. If you are looking for something stylish with a touch of leather, our handmade leather coin purses will fit you nicely.

As holiday season quickly approaches and you lo...

November 14, 2017

Bust.com just featured 144 Collection in their latest article about the "11 Holiday Gifts From Budget Finds To Luxury Treats" – thanks, Bust.com! We think our handmade makeup bags and handbags make great gifts, too! Check out what they had to say:

Thanks, Shannon Smith of Bust.com, for the mention! Here's what she said:

"If your best pal is into fashion, makeup and skincare, then this makeup bag adorned with shoes is a perfect gift. 144 Collection created this adorable must-have, which is only one of the many beautiful handmade bags owner Lesia Griffin designed. Starting in her apartment number 144, her passion for expressing her creativity has grown, and she has joined forces with seamstress Mary Sue to create these...

November 10, 2017

Looking for a fun, travel friendly makeup bag with bold design that holds all your beauty essentials? If the answer is yes, then 144 Collection has the perfect makeup bag for you.

Our collection of travel makeup bags is great for storing everything from your favorite brushes to mascara.  Designed to fit all of your makeup bag essentials, we offer our handmade bags in an array fabrics from cotton canvas to leather. Fully lined interiors and wide zipper closures give you plenty of room for storing your cosmetics, while the flat bottom design allows your bag to stand on any counter without its contents falling out.  It can be stored in your tote bag, purse or carry it by itself for a fashionable and sensible way to bring...

November 9, 2017

Are you looking for the perfect bee coin purse? Check out this fun coin purse that we hand-sew in Queens, New York with this cute bee print fabric! A perfect gift for gardeners and bee-lovers alike, this cute coin purse is a stylish way to carry around your change, cash, or credit cards. This coin purse makes the perfect stylish wallet. Each bee coin purse is handcrafted, so each one is unique! At just 3.5 inches tall by 4.75" wide, it's also the perfect size to fit into your purse or handbag.

November 9, 2017

Looking for Handbags made in the USA?  Our handmade handbag business, 144 Collection is a New York based business, all of our unique one-of-a-kind bags are hand-sewn by owner Lesia, and Mary Sue in Queens, New York. Our American made handbags are each sewn with care and craftsmanship to last  a lifetime. We shop in New York City for beautiful fabrics that range from classic to whimsical and colorful. Shop all of our Handbags made in USA »

We love designing our handmade handbags, clutches, coin purses, wristlets, and we recently started offering handmade baby bibs as a lot of our friends and family are having babies and they make the perfect unique baby gifts!

American-made designer purses are h...

November 9, 2017

Looking for custom handbags? Every one of our 144 Collection handbags are handmade so each one is one-of-a-kind. We also offer custom handbags that are made to order, so if you're looking for something specific, like a custom handbag in a color to compliment your favorite coat, or a custom handbag clutch that goes perfectly with your ballgown, we can custom design a handbag just for you.  

Because each of our custom handbags are hand-sewn, we can talk with you to design the perfect handbag of your dreams, from everything from the fabric and colors to the details like the zippers and flourishes. We can also custom sew special pockets for your phone or other accessories such as tablets. With our fabric li...

November 2, 2017

When you carry an iPhone, smartphone or cell phone, you probably like to keep it close and safe. Our handmade iPhone Wristlets are perfect for keeping your phone close-at-hand and in style. 

Wristlets are perfect for the girl-on-the-go, and we make each of our wristlets lovingly by hand – so you'll know you'll have a stylish useful accessory that is one-of-a-kind. With a phone wristlet, you can keep your phone safe and sound while also organizing your other essentials like cash, business cards, or credit cards. Our wristlets are fully lined with fun interior colored fabrics, and have zipper closures to keep your belongings safe. Exterior pockets are fun and are great for keeping your cash or card easily-accessibl...

November 2, 2017

You'll love our handmade pocketbooks that are one-of-a-kind! We hand-sew our pocketbooks with love in Queens, New York. 

We've been told that not everyone knows what a pocketbook is.  Here's the definition:


Pocketbook: A woman's handbag or purse. This type of bag usually has handles and pockets and is used to carry phones, money and personal belongings. 

The term Pocketbook isn't used by everyone to describe a handbag, it is a rather old term, but it is still quite popular amongst many. The term pocketbook started being used in the 1600s, when people referred to their wallet or money holder as a pocketbook. Many people say a pocketbook is a smaller wallet or purse to hold money and slips inside a larger purse or h...

November 2, 2017

If you're looking for American made handbags, you've come to the right place! Our handmade bags business, 144 Collection, was started in 2006 in Queens, New York. The name even comes from the number of our apartment building where I first learned to sew and still reside – and the logo even features the building! 

The 144 Collection team is comprised of myself, Lesia Griffin, and my invaluable and talented seamstress, Mary Sue. We both work hard to create beautiful and unique handmade handbags – made right here in the USA. We love creating unique, one-of-a-kind handbags that people will love and treasure. 

Our handbags have handles that are long enough to fit comfortably over your shoulder, and are large...

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