MerkinBags

Merkin Bags, Muffs & Hats

Ann Arbor, Michigan | 58 Sales

MerkinBags

Merkin Bags, Muffs & Hats

Ann Arbor, Michigan 58 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Luxurious handmade faux fur, wool and felt accessories with a naughty twist...
Satin lined fur bags with matching seatbelt straps
Fleece lined muffs with a satin lined pocket
Two styles of hats
Coffee sleeves
Voodoo dolls
All in your choice of 10 colors of fur, 2 colors of felt and occasional additions of limited edition wools.

Like us on Facebook to see all the new things I have in the works!

Announcement

Luxurious handmade faux fur, wool and felt accessories with a naughty twist...
Satin lined fur bags with matching seatbelt straps
Fleece lined muffs with a satin lined pocket
Two styles of hats
Coffee sleeves
Voodoo dolls
All in your choice of 10 colors of fur, 2 colors of felt and occasional additions of limited edition wools.

Like us on Facebook to see all the new things I have in the works!

nina juergens

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nina juergens

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About

Redefining the creative process

I have been a hair stylist / salon owner for many years. While I love the instant gratification of seeing my work walk out the door shortly after I started it, I still felt I needed a more diverse arena for my creative outlet.

Ten years ago, I opened a modern general store called ACME Mercantile around the corner from my salon and started to work 7 days between the two places. At first, I loved the whirlwind of creativity that ensued - Graphic design, window displays, ad layout and creating the whole product mix of a general store. We also had a large assortment of products we created in house that still does very well online.

After 10 years, I was more concerned about getting shifts covered, ordering holiday inventory early enough and paying bills. The idea of creativity was now lost on me. I had a million more product ideas in my head, but no time or energy to produce them. I knew it was time to get out when my lease ended.

I had made a prototype of the Merkin Bag two years earlier. Whenever I wore it, people asked where they could get one. I always said we would soon have them at ACME. It was becoming obvious that as long as I was consumed by running a store, I could not be consumed with anything new and the bags would never exist.

So here I am, when I am not at the salon, I'm making patterns, cutting fabric, sewing, sketching out new ideas and loving what I do all over again.

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  • Nina Juergens

    Owner, Designer

    After 10 years of owning a retail store in Ann Arbor, MI, I decided it was time to return to the creative process and express myself through making things that I am consumed by. I truly love what I am doing!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 28, 2012
Amongst copious amounts of luscious satin folds, discover an elusive felt embellishment that waits in anticipation...

Welcome to Merkin Bags- the realization of an idea that came to me 2 years ago and finally came to fruition after some major changes in my life.
The prototype I wore was made out of cheap fur and webbing from the local fabric store chain. The final product you see is now made from infinitely more beautiful, super soft, long strand faux fur, high quality seatbelt strap and is fitted on a mannequin for a perfect fit. I just love the playfulness of working with highly textured materials and making something with a special secret surprise inside. Talk about conversation starters!

We do custom orders, just contact me about what sort of combination / size of bag or muff you are interested in. All Merkin products are hand wash in cold water and let air dry. The Merkin fur does not like heat, so no dryers or irons! If you choose to press the satin after a wash, pull it outside of the bag before adding low heat.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Merkin Bags accepts returns within 30 days of purchase, no questions asked. Item must be in original condition for a refund of the purchase price (shipping cost is not refundable). Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.
Payment
We accept credit cards through Etsy.
Shipping
All orders normally ship within 2 business days - Allow longer for custom orders. Domestic shipping: All orders are shipped via USPS, either First Class or Priority depending on size of the item. In both cases you will receive an email from Etsy with Delivery Confirmation number once the order ships. Please contact me directly for faster shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Our products are infinitely customizable - from strap length to combination of fur or wool, strap, fleece, felt, pocket and zipper colors. Let me know if you want to see a certain combination together!