Frequently Asked Questions
How did Purse & Clutch get started?
Purse & Clutch first got started because of a connection with an artisan group out of India that was making beautiful block print handbags, but needed markets to connect to customers. They had such amazing stories of artisans lifting themselves & their families out of poverty because of opportunities for work in a positive environment.
After about five years of carefully curating collections from existing artisan brands, we were eager to take what we'd learned & work deeply with two artisan groups: a leather working group out of Ethiopia who began making our own designs in May of 2016 as well as a group in Guatemala we began partnering & eventually merged with in August of 2016.
We now oversee the ethical production process of our own label.
What is Ethical Fashion?
The term Ethical Fashion can be confusing because many companies define it differently. We define Ethical Fashion as designs that are made with a focus on creating sustainable, living wage jobs for artisans. You can read about our Set of Ethical Principles & dive into why Ethical Fashion is so important on our Resources page.
Where is Purse & Clutch located / How can I find you?
We've just opened up a shop located at 4477 S. Lamar Blvd Suite 590 in Austin, TX! Shop hours:
Mondays 11:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesdays 11:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesdays 11:00am - 7:00pm
Thursdays 11:00am - 7:00pm
Fridays 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturdays 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sundays noon - 5:00pm
We also have a showroom inside of Avery Nail Boutique at 2025 E. 7th Street Suite 119, Austin, TX 78702 where you can try on a bag, see how your laptop fits, & see the colors in person before you buy online. In store purchase are also available.
We also participate in trunk shows & fairs, mainly in Central Texas.
If you know of a market we should come to, please drop us a line! Or if you're interested in us bringing our collections to your office or gal's Happy Hour, sign up to host a P&C Party and we'll send an team member your way if we have someone in your area.
How do I care for my new purchase?
We recommed with any of the cotton & the suede items that you spray it with a protectant to help keep it clean, then spot clean by hand to remove any stains as needed.
With leather it's important to condition regularly - we recommend every 3 months. If your bag gets scratched, often times the scratch can be removed by rubbing the area with your finger. The natural oils in your skin can help pull up the color & remove the scratches. If it needs a bit more, use a clean cotton cloth & gently massage a leather conditioner into the bag using circular motions.
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