Monday, October 31, 2011

Store window display - 9 Year Anniversary

Presenting our newest window installation featuring nine years of Laura Bee Designs sew-in labels. Kim hung them alongside a huge version of our party invitation. 

I got a little misty-eyed when I popped the ceramic owl in the lower left and stepped back to took at the whole display. I thought of all of the people and bags represented here.

What will the next nine years bring?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Party Prep - Finding the Perfect Button

Edith with glass button
I delight in pairing a special vintage button with its perfect match in fabrics. The vintage teal and antique gold pleat on this Edith bag is just gorgeous with the glass topper, don't you think? (The bag is part of the Glam for Good collection we're creating for our upcoming party.)

Finishing Station
You can spot the Edith and a coordinating Luxe clutch in the lower left corner of this picture. This is a shot of Kim's work station at the end of a busy day of sewing on my part. Each order awaits Kim's expert finishing - rivets set, buttons stitched, straps applied. Each step is listed on the pink production slip.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Glam for Good 2011: Fancy Clara Wristlets

Champagne sequins Clara with layered ribbons
I'm making a huge batch of Clara Wristlets out of extra special materials for the Anniversary Party on November 5th. This popular design continues to sell like crazy.
Ivory sequins Clara with pleated ribbon and vintage button 
The Glam for Good collection gives me the chance to load up some readymade items with special materials and extra bells and whistles, such as vintage button embellishments and layered ribbons.
Macaroon Clara with metallic and green ribbon and vintage brass button 
The Clara features an exterior zipper pocket that is the perfect place to stash your smart phone.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sweater Flower Collection

Taupe and green glen plaid clutch, $53.
I'm not sure who likes these sweater flower clutches more, me or the customers that keep snapping them off our store shelves.
Navy boucle clutch, $53. 
I've had the best time putting together each unique bag, especially choosing the vintage buttons for the flower centers.

Sweater flower clutches, $53. All one-of-a-kind readymade, not available custom.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Glam For Good 2011 - Lola Clutch

When former staffer Katie spent a semester in India earlier this year, she collected some gorgeous textiles for me including this gold and green brocade ribbon. I found a home for the metallic beauty on this faux sequins Lola clutch in champagne.

This one-of-a-kind bag will be available for purchase at our Anniversary Party on November 5th. A portion of the proceeds will go to two Northwest charities, Seattle Pug Rescue and MercyCorps.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Party Progress: Little Ruched Bags

We're in the midst of our Anniversary party preparations. In addition to labeling thousands of postcards, ordering delicious treats from Ballard's Bouteloua Bakery, and receiving goods from our favorite designers, we're sewing up special bags.

Each year we offer our Glam For Good collection. We use our extra-special materials to hand craft one-of-a-kind bags that will make their debut at our party. First up is this batch of ruched bags. These will be wristlets and cross-body pouches, each embellished with a gorgeous hand-picked vintage button.

Monday, October 10, 2011

To Infinity and Beyond: Zig Zag Scarf

I made a small edition of these scarves, and Kim scooped one up right away. The fabric happened to perfectly matched her outfit.
The cozy fabric is soft and itch-free with a range of colors including teal, tan, gray, brown and indigo.

Available to ship right away.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Helping You Carry Stuff Since 2002

9years_web, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.
Well, I actually started making and selling bags in 2001, but I opened up my brick and mortar store in 2002, so let's stick with 9 years.

I hope you can come help us celebrate. We'll have some terrific new merchandise, one of a kind bags, prizes, and more!

Learn more here.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Luxe Clutch: Green Tweed with Sweater Flower

I'm trying something new here on the blog. I just discovered that I can post items for sale here and can provide a link to Paypal for easy checkout! We have reorderable things available on our website, but this quick and easy system will be perfect for one of a kind items like this clutch.

Features: Zipper closure, vintage tweed in green/multi, hand embellished ivory flower with faux suede leaves and vintage button, detachable wrist strap. Bag measures 4.5" tall by 9.5" wide.

One of a kind, ready to ship.

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