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Made in NYC Celebrates Women’s History Month – Consciously Handcrafted Handbags: Shana Luther

Made in NYC Celebrates Women’s History Month – Consciously Handcrafted Handbags: Shana Luther

Monday, March 1 2021 12:00 pm

 

Shana Luther, CEO of the Brooklyn-based, handmade handbag company that bears her name, is no stranger to the diligent and meticulous craftsmanship required of New York City’s world-renowned garment and accessory manufacturing industry. From her upbringing studying dancing, printmaking, and sculpture, to her pursuit of her fashion degree from Pratt Institute, Shana has always appreciated the value of a handcrafted accessory. 

 

What does your company make?

We’re handbag enthusiasts dedicated to consciously crafting leather bags that you’ll reach for everyday. Modern and effortlessly cool, our goods are 100% designed and handcrafted in Brooklyn.

 

What’s the story behind your business?

Growing up in Pennsylvania, I was no stranger to arts and design before I cut my first piece of leather. As a child and teen, I was very involved in dance and then, in high school, was introduced to fine arts. Studying painting, drawing, printmaking, even sculpture led me to pursue a degree in fashion from Pratt Institute, chosen partly because of the picturesque brownstones in the school brochure. My degree led me into the costume world and I took a job at Parsons-Meares, the storied costume house in New York City.

 

There, I worked on and sourced materials for costumes on Broadway, film, and TV. My love affair with leather began after working on Scar’s leather chaps, part of the Broadway run of The Lion King. While drawing, cutting, and marking up countless numbers of these double-layer leather chaps, I took a liking to the material and brought some scraps home. A clutch was made from a scrap of dark brown leather, and I’ve been hooked ever since. A very small handmade line of colorful leather and fabric clutches was born, and I happily worked on it in most of my spare time.

 

I switched from the costume to fashion world and worked for several New York based independent handbag labels. I took what I learned from both fields — the art of quality craftsmanship combined with both business and manufacturing — and created what I have now. My brand has evolved over the years, but the craftsmanship of bag-making will always be front and center. Now, along with a small team, we design and produce most everything in house because it’s what we love to do.

 

I have called Brooklyn home since 1995. I live here with my husband, a fellow design entrepreneur and founder of Houses In Motion, a Brooklyn-based animation studio, our adorable cattle dog mix, and our two young daughters who we can’t imagine life without.

 

What is your favorite product right now?

Hmm, I’m really proud of all of the styles we make but I’m really into the MINI Lucy Tote which will be launching this week! 

 

Check out Shana’s handbags at Shana Luther