Yellow Wallpaper Handmade

Whittier, California

“It’s a pretty awesome feeling to be able to design and create a bag that someone really wants. So if it means a little less sleep some days, it’s cool.”

We’ll say it: Being a one-woman bag-making enterprise sounds way more difficult than being a one-man band. And Erika’s proving it. She’ll first design one of her clean little classics, and then create a pattern herself. Next comes the cutting and sewing, done entirely by hand with fabrics carefully selected for their interesting colors and textures. Finally, she packages her creations up just so and ships them off. Ever the fashion-thinking creative type, she first started sewing—and appreciating turn of a good outfit with an awesome bag—when she was in just high school. As she got more skilled with her construction, people started snatching them up—and the rest is one-woman, cute clutch-making history.