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Angela Olson

Angela Valentine Handbags

Angela Valentine Handbags are handmade one at a time in the Midwest, USA. We purchase small quantity leather hides and skins in colors and textures we love (and hope you do too). I design, pattern and produce each bag one at a time.
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Angela Valentine Handbags was started by a fashion lover. Bold colors, unique accents and shapes make our bags standout. She has been designing wedding clutches and small bags for 10 years under the name {AO3} DESIGNS. Over the years she has been collecting leather and dreaming of starting a leather line of handbags. In October 2013, Angela Valentine Handbags began.

Grew up loving fashion. My mother taught me to sew as a young girl and pushed my to live my dream. I pursued classical ballet, acting, and fine art before getting my degree in Graphic Design. Soon after I started my first handbag line in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The inspiration for Angela Valentine Handbags comes from the love of fashion, lines in furniture and architecture, color and...honestly, just getting into the studio and among leather excites and inspires.

I use leathers such as cow, buffalo, goat, calf, lambskin in the form of vege-tanned, hair-on, embossed, printed, metallic, distressed, patent...anything fun or beautiful. My approach to designing is quite simple. I dream of what I want to carry, then sketch and finally create several prototypes until the design is perfect.

I am currently working on a line of embossed bucket bags and striped leather totes. Bringing a handbag idea to life for you to carry through life is what I love to do. Handmade one at a time.

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