Genuine leather hand crafted handbags made in usa

Aurora, Illinois · 192 Sales


Genuine leather hand crafted handbags made in usa

Aurora, Illinois 192 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

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Last updated on Feb 24, 2017

Buy it for the way it WORKS, not just for how it looks. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for the latest sales, discounts and promotions.

Catherine Cyko

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Catherine Cyko

Orange Red Brown Bead Necklace
Champagne Rootbeer Faux Pearl Bead Necklace
Ruby Red Swarovski Crystal Necklace
Fresh Mint Green & Teal Necklace Bracelet Set
Fab 50's Three Strand Abalone Necklace 20 Inches
Double Strand Pink Beads new & old stock
Vintage Monet Faux Ivory Cabochon Necklace
Enamel Necklace gold tone 80's style
80's Enamel Choker Jewel Tones
Classic Pearls
2 for 1 bead necklaces
Brown and Ivory Abalone Necklace and Earring Set
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Debora Wallis

Debora Wallis on Feb 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous in person and even more so than in pictures. Love it, love it, love it! Im amazed it fits my iPad in it as it doesn't, at least to me, look big enough and so comfortable! Amazing buying experience would recommend her shop to any and everyone.

Debora Wallis

Debora Wallis on Feb 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect fit and so comfortable! Amazing buying experience would recommend her shop to any and everyone.

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It all began with one machine....

I live in Aurora, second largest city in Illinois. I’m married to my best friend who has a real job at the Post Office as an electronic technician. We have three daughters and two teenage grand daughters. I won’t go as far back as 1954 but I will say that I grew up around craftsmen and I have always been drawn to textiles. I can remember making doll clothes & puppets from old socks, cardboard and buttons at a very young age. Both my mother and grandmother were sewers and my Dad, who was a cabinet maker, always said, “it just runs in the blood”.

I took sewing and tailoring classes all through school. A girlfriend’s father had a little upholstery shop so ,of course, I wanted to see what it was all about. He taught me most of the basics and then I was on my own to experiment and practice. I started working on furniture for friends and family and eventually it turned into a business. Most people thought my husband did all the actual upholstery work because, in those days, it was not the sort of work women typically were involved in. I just didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t run a business. That was over 35 years ago!

Now that I’ve retired from the upholstery business I’ve redirect my skill into a new business. I’ve taught myself how to make handbags, totes and purses, which is very much like fabricating furniture cushions.

I would consider my style to be fresh with "poetic license", each bag a uniquely hand crafted piece of functional artwork. I always seem to have a dozen or so ideas rolling around in my head and four or five projects on the table.

My shop, a 30' X 40' home studio, consists of an industrial walking foot sewing machine, a commercial embroidery machine, and various other sewing machines, leathers, fabrics, trims and tools.

I seldom struggle with "creative block" because my Dad taught me a little trick of simply walking away for a while when you are struggling with a project or ideas and simply take a break, do something else or maybe even just sleep on it. It’s amazing how the next day it all comes together, almost by itself it seems! Works for me every time.

The reason artists like me and so many others are important to the economy? Anne Lappe was quoted in O Magazine 2003 “Every time you spend money you are casting a vote for the kind or world you want”
We’ve been importing and buying so much “junk” from other countries for so long that most people don’t even know what quality craftsmanship looks like any more. I believe that is one of the reasons why my upholstery shop was so successful and I intend to maintain that high level of workmanship in my handbags.

I think everyone has something special to offer. If you have an idea or dream, just try it. What’s the worst that can happen? You might surprise yourself!

If you would like to read more about BBE you can find me at: (free shipping in the USA )

You can also view short YouTube videos of current and sold handbags at

Thank you for the opportunity to share.


Shop members

  • Catherine Cyko

    Owner, Photographer, Designer

    Leather and Textile Artist

Shop policies

Last updated on December 13, 2016
Thanks for stopping by. Take a look around. Chances are you'll find something you just can't live without! I strongly encourage you to read my story, shop announcement and policies before purchasing. An informed purchase is MOST satisfying for both YOU and me. Please contact me if you have any questions. I check my email at least a couple of times a day.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Paypal. I do not accept personal or business checks.
There is no holding of items for a future purchase.
Items ship via USPS within one day of payment. Once your purchase leaves my hands I'm not responsible for the package because I have done my part including shipment and tracking number, the rest is up to USPS.

USPS includes insurance up to $50 free of charge when shipping Priority Mail. If you want extra insurance or signature confirmation please tell me BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASE as that is an additional charge.

I am not responsible for lost items or damaged in shipment but I will make an effort to assist you with tracking information in locating a lost package or damaged item. Be advised the the USPS makes every effort to recover misdirected packages but may not be able to do so according to your time frame. Please be patient in this process should this occur.

For lost and damaged items, you must cooperate with the shipper’s requirements. Do not throw any packaging out or your claim will be denied by the shipper. Tracking numbers and photos will be required for claims. I pack my items well, but sometimes packages are damaged by the carrier.

Refunds and Exchanges
Returns are accepted on UNUSED/UNWORN items. Item shall be returned in the same condition as when you received it. If it is returned and anything is different it will be sent back to you C.O.D and no refunds will be submitted.

Buyer is responsible for shipping charges of returned items. Shipping fees for returned items are not refundable.

A 20% restocking fee applies. If you are not happy with your purchase please contact me within 3 days of receiving your purchase and send it back with tracking number as it was sent to you.

Handbag listings indicate measurements prior to your purchase so please pull out your measuring tape to get an idea of its size and/or ask for more pictures if needed prior to your purchase. It makes things a lot easier.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you're not sure about the colors that I have please simply request more pictures so that you can be certain that the color that I have will match what you're looking for.

I post exactly what the camera captures with the best of lighting. Please also consider the difference in individual computer monitor and cell phone settings.

If color is supremely important to you please request color swatches for which there is an additional fee which I will quote to you at that time.