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.
From there we discovered an Austin based organization that's part of the Fair Trade Federation & works with co-ops or artisans all throughout India. We've since expanded to partnering with over ten groups to create the most beautiful handbags we can find with you in mind.
After five years of carefully curating collections, 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 ethical production 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?
Our main office is located in lovely Austin, TX. To help keep our prices low, we opt to do pop-up shops several times a year instead of the traditional brick-and-mortar retail shop. Throughout the year, we find empty retail locations & set up temporary shops anywhere from a week to a few months.
We also participate in trunk shows & fairs, mainly in Central Texas.
Ethical Trade Market - Circle Brewing Co: April 21st // 6PM - 9PM
HOPE Night Market - Plaza Saltillo: April 28th // 7PM -10PM
Be Lydia Lost and Found Lollapalooza - Pecan Springs Ranch: June 4th // 2PM - 9PM
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. If your bag gets scratched, often times they 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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