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IndependentReign

Tote Bags, Beach Bags, Wristlets, Clutches, and Pillows

New York, United States · 6435 Sales

IndependentReign

Tote Bags, Beach Bags, Wristlets, Clutches, and Pillows

New York, United States 6435 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(1934)

Shop owner

Janine

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Announcement   HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! Our HOLIDAY SALE runs through 12/20/16! 20% off Tote Bags and orders over $125 with CODE: HOLIDAY2016
Since I'll be heading home to spend holidays with my family, the last day for shipping will be December 19th. Orders must be received by 12PM on the 19th to ship out before I leave.
(Extended returns through January 10th)

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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!!


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Announcement

Last updated on Dec 6, 2016

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! Our HOLIDAY SALE runs through 12/20/16! 20% off Tote Bags and orders over $125 with CODE: HOLIDAY2016
Since I'll be heading home to spend holidays with my family, the last day for shipping will be December 19th. Orders must be received by 12PM on the 19th to ship out before I leave.
(Extended returns through January 10th)

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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 to view special discounts and get a peek at what we're up to!

Janine

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Janine

Metallic Gold Linen Clutch Wristlet
$39.00
Simple Tote Bag in Gray Waxed Canvas
$172.00
Leather Wrap Bracelet
$18.95
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1934)
Jen O

Jen O on Dec 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I will definitely be back for more! Thank you for the fast shipping and beautiful wrapping!

Jen O

Jen O on Dec 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous! I love it! Thank you so much! Great packaging and super fast shipping!

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Updates

Gifts for all the ladies on your list....or yourself! You deserve it ;)
Last minute stocking stuffers for him under $20!
Happy Saturday!!!
Make sure you get all your gifts shipped in time for the holidays. Our last shipping day is 12pm EST on Dec 19th.
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About

A New Yorker gets lost in Hong Kong

Around about sometime between 2006 -2007 I followed my then boyfriend all the way to Hong Kong (he was transferred there for work). I was able to continue working remotely (part time) for the New York 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 in some worthy causes, master 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 purpose-less. 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 a defined task and a creative challenge on my hands I found that minutes easily turned into hours while at my sewing machine. I rediscovered a creative spirit that I had somewhat knowingly pushed aside along the way. I am self-taught; although I credit many of my techniques from watching a lot of "how-to" videos online as well as A LOT of trial and error (and a fair amount of cursing seems to help too).

Fast forward a few years; and I'm back home in New York City. Unfortunately the boyfriend is out, but an adorable Yorkie puppy is in! Boring, uninspiring Wall Street job is out; sewing career is in!

I'm hooked; and I find that I'm always 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 its done....and then I want to make it in 87 different colors and fabrics. It doesn'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...its become a bit of a life lesson). I often have no idea what I'm doing when I start a project and I usually just 'wing it.' I can be hard on myself when it turns out badly; and apparently I think I'm brilliant when it comes out good the first time (a rarity).

I think I lean towards a more casual style. The ideal 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 loose threads, sequins and fabric scraps (as is my little dog).

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

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Shop members

  • Janine Mastrorilli

    Owner, Designer, Creator

  • Erdem

    Assistant, Creator

  • Zeynep

    Assistant

  • Buddy

    The Supervisor

Shop policies

Last updated on December 3, 2016
General Notes:
I take great pride in my work and I strive to get each piece as perfect as I can get it before shipping. I like to consider myself a trustworthy and responsible seller, so please let me know if you have any problems with my items and I'll be glad to discuss it with you and/or work out any difficulties.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
Paypal, credit card, check, wire transfer or money order

Please note: Payments via check, wire or money order may delay shipping as item will be held until payment clears.
Shipping
HOLIDAY PRODUCTION TIMES -- In effect November 20th thru December 19th

We strive for quick turn-around times during the holidays and 'most' orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours regardless of postage class selected. Please feel free to contact me regarding rush orders or specific delivery deadlines.

Shipping CUT-OFF date: Since I'll be heading home to spend holidays with my family, the last day for holiday shipping will be December 19th. Orders must be received by 12PM on the 19th to ship out before I leave.


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STANDARD Production Times:

I usually produce items in the order that they are received. Based on my average number of orders this typically falls within 2 to 7 days production time prior to shipping*.

From time to time, I get a larger number of orders than usual. If there are multiple orders queued up ahead of yours it may take a bit longer than normal. I try my very best to keep within the 2 to 7 day range and will contact you if I think that time period will be exceeded.

Please feel free to contact me or inquire in the "Message To Seller" field if you have a specific delivery deadline and I'll do my best to accommodate your request. I ship all items via USPS First Class, Priority Mail or Fedex based on location and package weight. Rush orders and Express shipping may be available for an additional fee.

*Please allow at least 1 to 2 weeks for custom colors, pillows and special orders.
* Purchases made during peak holiday season may take longer.

NY state residents are subject to 8.875% sales tax.

INTERNATIONAL customers may be subject to import fees, VAT, duties, taxes, etc; charged by their local postal office. These fees are payable by the recipient. A helpful website to calculate any fees is www.dutycalculator.com
INTERNATIONAL orders are shipped via First Class mail. There is no insurance included via this shipping method. Other, insured shipping classes are available by request for an additional fee.
Refunds and Exchanges
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HOLIDAY RETURN POLICY -- In effect from November 20th thru Dec 20th 2016.

Independent Reign will accept returns on NEW/UN-USED items until January 10, 2017 for items purchased between November 20th through December 20th of 2016.

Custom, altered, and personalized items are not eligible for return. Shipping fees and expedited fees are non-refundable.

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STANDARD RETURN POLICY

Please contact me if there are any problems with your purchase or any damages during shipping and I'll be happy to work it out with you.

If you are unhappy with your purchase it may be returned within 14 days of delivery date for a refund of the purchase price less packaging/shipping fees paid. Item must be in new, un-used condition. Please contact me for return shipping address prior to returning any items.

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: Items that are customized, altered or monogrammed are considered "Final Sale." All custom pillows are also Final Sale.

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Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale: I do participate in various wholesale opportunities. Please contact me for details and pricing.

Custom Orders: I love working on custom projects. Please contact me with your ideas and I'll do my best to work with you on a customized item.

Quality: I always strive for quality and durability in my work and am constantly finding new techniques, fabrics and skills to improve my products over time. Aside from normal wear and tear, if you have purchased a product from me in the past that has not held up as it should, I'm happy to repair it or replace it. Please contact me for more information.

Coupon Codes: Please note that discount coupon codes are NOT valid during sale events on sale-priced items. Coupon codes cannot be combined with other discounts.

More information

Last updated on Dec 3, 2016
Frequently asked questions

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.

HOLIDAY production times are in effect from Nov 24th thru Dec 19th and most orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours.

IMPORTANT -- LAST SHIP DATE for holidays: Since I'll be headed home for the holidays as well, the LAST SHIP DATE will be the 19th. Orders MUST be received by 12PM EST on the 19th to be eligible for shipping before I leave.

Need more details? Have a specific delivery deadline?
Feel free to send us a message and we'll get back to you asap.

Do you accept returns?

Yes. Items in NEW/UN-USED condition may be returned within 14 days of delivery date for a refund less shipping.

HOLIDAY return policy is in effect for all orders purchased between Nov 20th thru Dec 20th. NEW/UN-USED items may be returned by January 10th 2017 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?

Yes. I currently make all my items from start to finish with the help of 2 part-time assistants. After 8 plus years of working out of my NYC apartment, I have just recently rented some shared studio space in Brooklyn so we now have a bit more room to grow :)

Can I get something made smaller or larger?

We can usually scale up or scale down an item proportionally. Let me know the measurements you're looking for and I'll be happy to try to get you the size you need.

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 us a message on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram or E-mail at info@independentreign.com.

You can also call or text us on our business line at: 646-494-1896