celebrating 10 years in business – a decade of purses

It’s hard to believe it was 10 years ago that I quit my day job and embarked on this crazy ride. My business has grown exponentially over the years, and sometimes it’s a challenge to keep my sanity and still manage to be creative. I am fiercely independent: I draft the patterns, make the bags, answer the phone, and lovingly wrap each bag in tissue before taking it off to the post office.  I like keeping it small. And I couldn’t have done it without all of your loyal support. I have compiled a little photo montage of the highlights of the first 10 years. . .hope you enjoy it.

2001 - 2006: Crystalyn's first store: artist's collective Fotos and Frocks

photo by Justin Gollmer

2002: Crystalyn's first collection of bags made from wool plaid pants

2003: Fall collection of bags featuring vintage Mod prints

2003: Gibbous large hobo, crescent small hobo, and belt

2004: Applique beach bag, small orbit satchel and asymmetrical clutch

2004: The first Topstitched hobo, belt, wallet and Tweed Tree totes

2005: Convertible small hobo/clutch, storefront, large sash hobo

2005: Metier tote, storefront converted to studio, applique tote


2006: Introduced the Soiree, moved to Stone Way, married Aaron

2006: Monarch, Troubadour and sales trip to NYC


2007: leather clutches, business is booming, leather pleated satchel

2008: block-printed my own fabric, rooftop purse sale, california sales trip

2009: buying our first home, Urban Craft Uprising, Phinney studio

2010: back to my roots: tweed! trunk shows at local boutiques, and a new mini-soiree



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