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My name is Brandi Bautell, designer behind Maris Rae Handbags. Here is a little bit about me :)
I am married to a wonderful (and patient!) man who has encouraged and supported me every step of the way from the moment I began my Maris Rae handbag line. We have three little boys that I am fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom to. Because my husband was in the military for a number of years, we have endured many moves. While living in Savannah, Georgia in 2004, my husband bought a sewing machine for my birthday. I didn't request one. ..goodness, I didn't even know how to thread one! I had never sewn before, but he knew I had a creative itch and thought I might like one. Once I opened it up and started sewing, I couldn't stop! I found the fact that I could MAKE something so unique and functional with only fabric and thread utterly exciting! My main focus has always been…

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  • Born on March 17
  • Joined October 10, 2007

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About

Hi!
My name is Brandi Bautell, designer behind Maris Rae Handbags. Here is a little bit about me :)
I am married to a wonderful (and patient!) man who has encouraged and supported me every step of the way from the moment I began my Maris Rae handbag line. We have three little boys that I am fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom to. Because my husband was in the military for a number of years, we have endured many moves. While living in Savannah, Georgia in 2004, my husband bought a sewing machine for my birthday. I didn't request one. ..goodness, I didn't even know how to thread one! I had never sewn before, but he knew I had a creative itch and thought I might like one. Once I opened it up and started sewing, I couldn't stop! I found the fact that I could MAKE something so unique and functional with only fabric and thread utterly exciting! My main focus has always been handbags, and I have worked very hard to design and produce a quality handbag to be proud of. While living in upstate New York in 2006, I began my line, Maris Rae Handbags. My sister, Raquel, now helps with the sewing and designing. We pride ourselves on the quality of sewing and detail we put into each bag and accessory.
All of my handbags are designed and sewn by my sister and I.
While inspiration for my collections comes from a diversity of areas, most of my designs and color palettes stem purely from God's awesome gift of nature. I do not think many people realize the vast amount of spectacular hues that are present in the world God has created for our enjoyment! From subtle, comfy earth tones to the brightest neons we can imagine - I guarantee they have been placed somewhere on this earth by our Creator.
My mind is always churning with new ideas and color combos. Everywhere I look in my world, I see a potential gorgeous handbag made from the hues or textures I behold.
I want every woman to be able to sport a handbag that reflects her personality and gets her away from the hum-drum trends that everyone already carries.
So...
I present to you a piece of functional art-a piece that you will truly love to carry-the Maris Rae Handbag.
Where did the name come from, you ask? I named my business after my Momma, who has always supported me in all my endeavors!

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