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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.

December 14, 2017

As a business based in Queens, New York, we always strive to find ways to be involved in events and organizations based in our community. One such event is Sweet Afton’s Holiday Market held on Sunday, December 17th from noon -5:00 pm. Sweet Afton is a lively Irish pub located in Astoria, Queens. Their annual holiday min-market has been around for 7 years now with part of the proceeds going Concern Worldwide. So, if you are looking to browse and shop for locally made items for holiday gifts, stop by Sweet Afton. You will not only find the perfect handmade holiday gift but also help a worthy cause. We will be debuting some of our new baby accessories and look forward to seeing you at this event! Sweet Afton is located...

December 7, 2017

It’s the craftiest, coolest, celebration of DYI culture, vintage and handmade craft fair/ indie shopping event. Bust Magazine’s Craftacular is one of NYC’s longest running annual juried craft fairs. This year it is taking place December 9-10th at the Brooklyn Expo Center. We are delighted to be taking part in this event. Featuring over 150 vendors of handmade goods, this holiday market is an all-day shopping event with DJ’s, delicious food, prizes, DIY activities and unique gifts for all ages. If you are looking for holiday gifts with a side of fun activities stop by. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

Here is what Bust Magazine had to say about our handmade make up bags:

December 6, 2017

The holidays can be tricky time when looking for the perfect gift. You want something special that speaks from the heart but doesn’t break your bank. A gift for her, gift for him, stocking stuffer for a co-worker, a gift for Sparky (the dog) the list can seem endless. Well, The NY Handmade Collective has you covered. I am so excited this year to be participating in the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade comprised by members of the NY Handmade Collective (formerly the Etsy NY team).

 If you are looking for something unique, handmade and locally crafted this event is for you. This year it has been broken up into 2 events the first takes place in Manhattan on December 8-10th at 684 Broadway (corner of Great Jones in NoHo). The s...

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

Thanks, Shannon Smith of, 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...

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