They're often heavy -- jammed packed -- and not organized.
Many women can compare their purses to a black abyss, extra baggage, or a bottomless pit.
But Erin Kaukas has a solution. Her boxy tote bags that she hand makes in Sunderland. Kaukas says her purses made with upholstery weight fabric are not only durable but make finding your belongings easy. "It's what makes a good bag -- it really is the lining," she said.
The brightly lined bags make finding items more manageable and side pockets help keep you organized. Sewing has always been a love of Kaukas. But it wasn't until she made her first purses as graduation gifts for her daughters' friends 10 years ago that something stuck. A hobby turned into a side business -- and three years ago became a full time job.
"People do recognize the shape. People like simple shapes and they like the fact it's sturdy and stands up. To a certain degree it also has a lot of softness so when you put it down it doesn't flop open and fall down," Kaukas said.
The purses come in three sizes, but one thing that stays the same is the length of the leather straps -- hand braided in India. Kaukas says the handles make the bag -- making it easy to slip over the shoulder without getting caught on the arm. "Somebody once told me if you can do this with one hand -- strap doesn't interfere with you putting your elbow -- so if it slides on," she said.
With over 20 steps, it takes a full day to make one bag. The purses range from $75 to $150.
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