IndependentReign

Handbags, Tote Bags, Beach Bags, Wristlets, Clutches

New York, USA · 7536 Verkäufe

IndependentReign

Handbags, Tote Bags, Beach Bags, Wristlets, Clutches

New York, USA 7536 Verkäufe Auf Etsy seit 2008

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Shop-Inhaber

Janine

Kontakt

Ankündigung   May 9, 2018: We have sold out of our Woven Jute Bucket Bags/Hobo Totes. Working on obtaining a re-order of the fabric to create more. The same style will be available later this week in a softer, lighter color "Flax" fabric while we wait for the original Jute.

Our Brand:
Modern simplicity and classic design reflecting a clean, relaxed, effortless style. Independently designed and carefully handcrafted here in New York City, each product is measured, cut, sewn and finished with careful attention to detail and durability. I hope you enjoy browsing my collection of bags, purses, clutches, totes, accessories and home goods. Always working on new projects so check back soon!!

"Like" our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram to find special discounts and get a peek at what we're up to!

Ankündigung

Zuletzt aktualisiert am 09. Mai 2018

May 9, 2018: We have sold out of our Woven Jute Bucket Bags/Hobo Totes. Working on obtaining a re-order of the fabric to create more. The same style will be available later this week in a softer, lighter color "Flax" fabric while we wait for the original Jute.

Our Brand:
Modern simplicity and classic design reflecting a clean, relaxed, effortless style. Independently designed and carefully handcrafted here in New York City, each product is measured, cut, sewn and finished with careful attention to detail and durability. I hope you enjoy browsing my collection of bags, purses, clutches, totes, accessories and home goods. Always working on new projects so check back soon!!

"Like" our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram to find special discounts and get a peek at what we're up to!

Janine

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Janine

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Madeline Wiltse

Madeline Wiltse am 26. Mai 2018

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Extremely happy with these straps. Love them.

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Madeline Wiltse

Madeline Wiltse am 26. Mai 2018

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These straps are beautiful. Over the last year or so, I've purchased one in each color of the shorter length and finally this one in the cross-body length. I've been very pleased with them all.

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skresberg

skresberg am 23. Mai 2018

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This is a fantastic bag. I wanted something that would be good for summer both during the day and in the evening. I love that it is lightweight and can be used as both a shoulder bag and a cross body bag. It is also very neutral and should work well with everything. The bag appears to be very well made. Thank you!

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Barbara Garber

Barbara Garber am 23. Mai 2018

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Exactly as described; nice quality!

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Updates

“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy, but mysterious. But above all black says this: I don’t bother you, — don’t bother me.”
-Yohji Yamamoto

Profil des Shops

A New Yorker Gets Lost In Hong Kong

Hi there. My name is Janine and I am the designer, owner and maker behind Independent Reign. I can't believe its been over 10 years since I started this little journey back in 2007 (scroll down for that long story. ;)

In my shop you'll currently find beach bags, crossbody purses, totes bags, wristlets, and more. I bring a simple, modern perspective and casual vibe to each of my designs; I rely on creativity, integrity, responsibility, attention to detail, and above all, good old-fashioned hard work, and I hope that resonates with each of my items.

All aspects of production--sourcing, measuring, sewing, cutting, complaining, packaging, and shipping--are done by me at my studio in NY. Its a labor of love, but it ensures that each bag is crafted with the exact same care and quality every single time. All aspects that don't involve actual production--accounting, photography, dreaming, thinking, harboring self doubt--are also all done by me here in NY.

The Backstory
In the Spring of 2006, I followed my then-boyfriend across the world to Hong Kong. (He had been transferred there for work.) I was able to continue working remotely (part-time) for the Wall Street tech firm I had been with for 10 years, although I was only logging in for about an hour or two each day. While I was certain that living in Hong Kong and having a ton of free time would enable me to: write the next great bestseller, learn Mandarin, master karate, volunteer for some worthy causes, become proficient with chopsticks, prepare Dim Sum specialties, and journal about all my great adventures, I found instead that without direction, I floundered. Away from friends and family and without a schedule or goal, I felt purposeless. Exhausting the tourist spots, the hidden local spots, and anywhere else my flip flops and a little red taxi could take me, I soon grew restless.

One day, drifting through a town (as I was prone to do) in search of motivation, I instead found inspiration. Wandering into a tiny shop that caught my eye, I discovered shelves from floor to ceiling filled with ribbons and trims in every imaginable color, neatly stacked roll upon roll like giant tiered birthday cakes. Further wandering produced an entire town of tiny shops filled with sequins, beads, trims, and notions in rainbows of color and pattern. I was absolutely awed by all the colors and textures. I immediately felt my mind kick into gear as I imagined what could be made with each bead or ribbon or zipper. I felt excited! Bargaining mostly in sign language with eager shop owners, I began purchasing a yard or two of the trims as an excuse to continue browsing the seemingly endless shelves and having no idea what I would use them for. Shiny satins, smooth velvets, and sparkly sequins all made it into my bag.

With a bit of encouragement from a good friend I set about the endeavor of learning to sew. With an $80 home sewing machine and a new challenge on my hands, hours flew by like minutes. I rediscovered a creative spirit that I had somewhat knowingly pushed aside along the way. I am self-taught through A LOT of trial and error and stubborn determination (and a fair amount of swearing and complaining seems to help too.)

Fast forward a few years and I found myself back home in New York City. Things ultimately didn't work out with that boyfriend, but I found solace in a new Yorkie puppy! Journaling about Hong Kong adventures and mastering Dim Sum specialties didn't work out either....but a new passion for sewing and a business venture ensued!

I began listing a few items on Etsy way back when and was surprised when the little sequin purses that I used to make started selling. Over the course of a few months, sales kept increasing. It soon became difficult to work full-time and then come home to try to be 'creative' and/or sew bags and fill orders. I began to consider whether I could grow the business much more if I were to devote myself full time to sewing/designing. When the timing seemed right, I made the leap. It's always a risky move, and it was very difficult to maintain for the first few years. (It's pretty scary to not get a paycheck every week.) One of the hardest parts of running your own business is having the perseverance to ride the ups and downs. 10 years later, that's still the hardest part. But with my full-time attention, the business began to thrive.

My confidence has grown over the years (as has my skill level,) and I find that I'm often looking at something and thinking, "I wonder if I could make that?" That goes for anything from food to furniture to clothing -- although for now I'm sticking to accessories! New designs are never far from my mind (some good, some not so good), Often scrawled on napkins, post-its, bills, and other scraps of paper haphazardly tacked to an ever-crowded cork board hanging above my sewing machine.

When I come up with something new, I can't wait to see what it will look like when it's finished....and then I want to make it in 87 different colors and fabrics. (It can be hard to self-edit.) New projects don't always turn out like the vision in my mind...but that's part of the process. I keep working at it, making adjustments, and learning as I go. (That's actually not just a sewing lesson I've learned; it's become a bit of a life lesson). I often have no idea what I'm doing when I start something new, and I usually just wing it. I can be hard on myself when it turns out poorly, and I'm always surprised if it comes out well the first time (a rarity).

I think I lean towards a more casual style. The idea would be to look cool and be comfortable without feeling overdone or too fussy about things.

I can spend hours in a fabric store just thinking. I'm likely to utter a few profanities when a sneaky pin finds a way to stick me, and the bottoms of my socks are forever covered with fabric scraps and loose threads (as is my loyal little dog, Buddy).

Thanks for browsing my shop and taking the time to read my story. :)

Shop-Mitglieder

  • Janine Mastrorilli

    Inhaber, Designer, Hersteller

  • Buddy

    The Supervisor

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Weitere Informationen

Zuletzt aktualisiert am 13. Mär 2018

When will my item ship?

Standard production time can range from 2 to 7 days depending upon how many orders are queued up ahead of yours. Your "Shipping Date" will be on your order invoice. Tracking info will be available once I print your shipping label.

Uh oh, did you wait until the last minute to send a gift?
Need your bag for an upcoming vacation?
Have a specific delivery deadline?
Just want the bag in your hands as soon as possible?

Feel free to send me a message and I'll do my best to accommodate specific delivery deadlines or rush orders by bumping your order up in the queue or supplying a quote for rush shipping. :)

Do you accept returns?

Our bags are pretty awesome so we don't get many returns ;)..... but the answer is "yes." I want you to be happy with your purchase. Items in NEW/UN-USED condition may be returned within 14 days of delivery date for a refund less shipping.

Please note that if you received "free shipping" on an item that is returned, the refund will be less the actual shipping/packaging cost incurred. Shipping Upgrades and rush order fees are non-refundable.

NOTE: Custom, altered, and items marked as 'final sale' are not eligible for return.

Are your items handmade?

All of my items are handmade by me in NYC. I do all the measuring, cutting, sewing, complaining, packaging and shipping. It is a labor of love but it ensures that each bag is crafted with the same care and quality every time. :)

Can I get something made smaller or larger?

An item can usually be scaled up or down proportionally (changing all measurements equally in Length, Height, Depth.)
Changing just one measurement without the others can sometimes alter the look/shape of the design.
Other customizations will be on a case by case basis, feel free to reach out to me with your request :)

I love working on custom projects so feel free to contact me with any customizations or ideas. I can't always promise it will be something that I have the skills and equipment (and patience ;) to complete, but I'm happy to discuss it and I love a challenge ;)

Fees may apply for changes.

Can I add a gift message or note?

Sure! Just let me know in the "Message To Seller" field during checkout what you'd like to add and I'm happy to include it. No pricing or receipt info will be included in a gift package.

How can I contact your shop?

Feel free to send me a message on Etsy or E-mail me at info@independentreign.com.

You can also call or TEXT on the business line at: 917-765-0690

Do you ship internationally?

I do! Most of our larger tote bags will ship for FREE worldwide.

Please be sure to check your current local import regulations with the US. Some countries may charge customs fees, duties, VAT, handling fees, etc; for US imports. These fees must be paid by the recipient to retrieve your package and they are subject to change from time to time. From other customers, I know that the UK does charge both a handling fee and a customs fee. Hopefully, the FREE shipping helps to offset any fees on the other end :)

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Janine Mastrorilli
201 Richards St
STE 209
BROOKLYN, NY 11231
United States