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Misala Handmade Bags and Purses: Gift Ideas for You!

Taipei, Taiwan · 1706 Sales

misala

Misala Handmade Bags and Purses: Gift Ideas for You!

Taipei, Taiwan 1706 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(676)

Announcement   Everything in the shop is handmade to order with lots of love, please expect some processing time before shipment. My purse frames are uniquely handcrafted for me by experienced metal workshop. Note the *misala* mark on most of them!

As seen on various magazines and TV shows across the globe: US, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Craft shows participated: Berlin, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai & Taipei!

Misala Handmade is a small business ran by the husband-and-wife team Michelle and Sanford since 2010. It started as a small hobby when Michelle was an expat housewife in Dubai, and the couple moved to Taipei to pursue their dream of having a real craft workshop in 2013. As of today, Misala remains a very small business with 4 people working tightly together.

The workshop and showroom is open to visitors:
2F, 20 Ln. 92, Yumin Rd. (Right next to Haishan metro station)
Tucheng, New Taipei 23663
Feel very free to contact and schedule a visit!

Original designs since 2010, all rights reserved.

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 5, 2016

Everything in the shop is handmade to order with lots of love, please expect some processing time before shipment. My purse frames are uniquely handcrafted for me by experienced metal workshop. Note the *misala* mark on most of them!

As seen on various magazines and TV shows across the globe: US, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Craft shows participated: Berlin, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai & Taipei!

Misala Handmade is a small business ran by the husband-and-wife team Michelle and Sanford since 2010. It started as a small hobby when Michelle was an expat housewife in Dubai, and the couple moved to Taipei to pursue their dream of having a real craft workshop in 2013. As of today, Misala remains a very small business with 4 people working tightly together.

The workshop and showroom is open to visitors:
2F, 20 Ln. 92, Yumin Rd. (Right next to Haishan metro station)
Tucheng, New Taipei 23663
Feel very free to contact and schedule a visit!

Original designs since 2010, all rights reserved.

Michelle Chan

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Michelle Chan

Magical everglade beetle mini coin purse
US$24.90
French bulldog 'Chikuwa' coin purse
US$29.90
Cute baby blue dolphin clutch purse
US$29.90
Little ochre orange piggy clutch purse
US$27.90
Magical minty beetle mini coin purse
US$24.90
Magical ebony beetle mini coin purse
US$24.90
Cute navy blue whale clutch purse
US$27.90
Little grassy green cow clutch purse
US$27.90
Bear my love pink hearty card holder wallet
US$29.90
Bear my love orange hearty card holder wallet
US$29.90
Cute chestnut brown squirrel clutch purse
US$32.90
Chili red cute squirrel clutch purse
US$32.90
Little stripey red fox mini wallet
US$27.90
Little stripey red fox clutch purse
US$32.90
Falling leaves smartphone kisslock sleeve
US$29.90
Orange tartans smartphone kisslock sleeve
US$29.90
Green apples smartphone kisslock sleeve
US$29.90
Plato, the philosopher cat dressed in black
US$32.90
Red apples smartphone kisslock sleeve
US$29.90
Candy polygons piggy card holder wallet
US$27.90
Agile red zebra clutch purse
US$27.90
Cute vivid red squirrel clutch purse
US$32.90
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(676)
Rij Miedema

Rij Miedema on Jul 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very cute little purse, it's very well made and adorable. Thanks for the service, would buy again!

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About

My artistic journey as maker and crafter

“To explore the many possibilities of kiss lock purse frames” is the main idea behind Misala Handmade creations. The metal closure mechanism has been in use by bag and purse makers for more than 100 years, but few had elected to put their entire focus on it. This fact had prompted me to choose kiss lock as the restricting form and exploratory element for my art, and had always inspired me to create pieces that are actually wearable.

I was unaware of my artistic side before I moved to Dubai with my husband in 2009. Typical for kids in Asia, I was raised in Hong Kong under a spoon-feeding education system that does not encourage individual creativity. I took Electric Engineering in collage, got into an Engineering firm after graduation and thought it was my best outcome. What I had ignored and repressed unconsciously was the fact that I do not feel that I belong in the industry, but was merely following the track set by others for me.

A change in setting was what broke me free from these invisible chains in the end. I was lucky to have a supportive partner who had encouraged me to search for my true self. Out of frustration in the difficulties of adopting to a foreign living environment I went back to my childhood hobby and experimented with the little fabrics & purse parts I had and became a self-taught bag crafter & designer.

Polka dots, vibrant colors and cute & expressive shapes are symbols of my desires, while a separate line of products focusing on subtle elegance reflects my mood and dreams. The two clashes and overlaps to become the foundation of my work.

Riding on the success of my creations, my husband had decided to quit his day job and devote full-time into the Misala business. We have now opened our craft workshop and are living in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Shop members
  • Michelle Chan

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    An engineer by trade, Michelle is a housewife since moving to Dubai (and continues to be one in Taipei) with her husband. She designs and makes all the wonderful creations of Misala Handmade.

  • Sanford Poon

    Owner, Curator, Photographer, Postman

    Sanford is Michelle's husband and a major support behind Misala Handmade. He had been curating Michelle's creations part-time when the business was in Dubai, but here in Taipei he is devoting himself fully into it.

  • Bavory

    Assistant

    Cheerful and positive, Bavory is the latest member of Misala Handmade and is currently an apprentice and assistant to Michelle learning the trick of the trade.

  • Kelly

    Assistant

    Kelly is an illustration artist and mother of two. Prior to joining us, she was a stay-at-home mom artist crafting wonderful pieces under the name Bigu-Story.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 14, 2014
♥ Welcome! ♥
I started Misala Handmade in 2010 when I and my husband moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates from Hong Kong. I love beautiful fabrics and enjoy using my imagination to craft them into purses and bags of all cute, funky and elegant styles. In the summer of 2013 we had moved to Taipei, Taiwan to start our professional workshop. Feel free to drop me a line if you happen to stop by!

The name "Misala" comes from the Arabic version of my name "Michelle" given by my Arabic teacher during my expatriation in Dubai. All of Misala Handmade purses and bags are created with lots of love and passion at my smoke-free and pet-free craft workshop and home, and I hope you will get a share!

Genuine Misala purses have my logo sewn on the lining, and come full with my love to you!

If you like my products, show me your love at my Facebook page @
♥ facebook.com/Misala.purse

Follow us on the social networks:
Twitter ♥ @misala_purse
Instagram ♥ @misalahandmade
Pinterest ♥ @misala

Accepted payment methods

Payment
I accept Paypal using the Etsy Shopping Cart only. This means you can pay with any major credit cards - check out the FAQ section below for details.

There is no sales tax for any of the Misala Handmade products! However, your purchase may be subject to customs, taxes and any brokerage charge when arriving in your country.
Shipping
All items are ready to ship within 3 working days after receiving payments. You will receive a separate Etsy message with tracking number once it is shipped.

If your Etsy and PayPal addresses do not match, I will attempt to contact you via Etsy. If I do not receive any confirmation in 3 days I will ship by default to your Etsy address.

♥ Order Packaging ♥
Your order will be shipped in protective and professional packaging to make sure it will arrive in good shape. I will keep sourcing for more functional yet environmental friendly options in the future! Feel free to show your friends and families our products and business card to spread the love!

♥ Basic Shipping ♥
By default, the shipping rates listed on the product are the most competitive postage rate I can offer from this part of the world. I ship by Taiwan's official postal service Chunghwa Post via Registered Small Packet or Insured Airmail Parcel services with tracking number and no insurance. The item's local status within Taiwan can be traced on the post office's website with a link included with your shipment confirmation message. The destination country's post office has the responsibility of maintaining tracking information once the item arrives in the country and therefore the tracking service can vary.

Additionally, there is a small chance that the item will be held up a few weeks by import custom clearance for routine checks and this could be a cause for further delays. Please accept my apologies for the long transit time and I hope you understand the difficulties of posting internationally.

I keep all original postage receipts (with date of postage, and addresses of sender and receiver) for every order and can provide scanned copies upon request.

For further inquiries regarding the shipping of your order, please feel very free to write to me by using the Contact button. Your inquiry will be attended to within 24 hours.

♥ Shipping Refunds for Multiple Items ♥
When purchasing multiple items, there is a chance that the actual shipping might be lower than the quote on my Etsy shop. I will refund you the full difference by PayPal if the difference is $2 or more.

♥ Free Shipping Upgrade ♥
If circumstances allow, I may upgrade your shipping service to an international courier free of charge. In that case, I will contact you to ask for a contact number (a requirement for international courier packages) and in that case, your package should arrive within 7 days upon posting.

♥ Undeliverable Packages ♥
Undeliverable packages posted using Chunghwa Registered Small Packet or Airmail Parcels, are most often due to misrouting of the item by the postal service. They may be returned to me 2-3 months after shipping. There will be an indication on the postal tracking website when a package goes into this state.

When I receive a returned package I will try my best to inform you of this unfortunate incident and you will be given an option to request a full refund (minus shipping) via PayPal or have your package shipped to you a second time for a minimal charge. Please take note, however, that PayPal does not allow refund after 60 days. When this happens, I will honor your request for a refund by sending you directly a PayPal credit of the full refund amount.

Refund or reshipment requests will be accepted 45 calendar days after a package is posted.
Refunds and Exchanges
♥ 100% Satisfaction Guarantee ♥
All my items are handmade by myself and the product you receive can look slightly different from the pictures. This is especially true for my animal coin purses: every one of them can have a different personality! However I do try my best to make every one as cute and pretty as possible by putting my love in them!

If, in any case, you are not satisfied with the item you purchased, please do let me know! I will refund you the full cost of the item (minus shipping) if you return it to me.
Additional policies and FAQs
The color and fabric alignment of the actual product may vary slightly from the pictures.

Very occasionally, a particular part (button, metal frame, lining fabric, etc) may run out and I will have to use alternatives. I try my best to update my product photos to reflect the differences but there could be times that I am not updating fast enough! Please be assured that I will try my best to make sure the alternatives chosen will look equally, if not better, in the design!

♥ Safety Warning ♥
Regardless of how cute they look, my products are not to be used as toys! My coin purses, pouches and bags might contain moving small parts and are not suitable for children below the age of 3. Adult supervision is recommended when used with kids under age of 12.

♥ Care Instructions ♥
Spot clean only! As with any other bags and purses, my products are not meant for the washing machine.

♥ Custom Orders ♥
Feel free to contact me for custom order. Pricing for custom order services are as follows:
- Changing fabric, or color of kisslock frame used in an existing style: $2
- Resizing an existing style without modifying the kisslock frame: $5+
- Resizing an existing style by using a larger kisslock frame: $8+
- Hand embroidery: $5 for less than 6 characters, and $0.8 for each additional
- Machine embroidery: $3 for less than 6 characters, and $0.5 for each additional
- Other custom requests: priced according to existing styles, plus not less than $13 additional design and pattern drawing charges
- Bespoke service: $80 and up

♥ Wholesale & Consignment ♥
I selectively accept wholesale and consignment orders. For inquiries, fill in the form at http://stockist.misala.cc/wholesale-questionnaire and I will get back to you shortly.

♥ FAQs ♥
Q. I live in the UK/USA. How do I track my Misala Handmade shipment with the tracking number provided?
A. I will provide you a direct link to Chunghwa Post's website where there will be an English interface to trace the package while it is still in Taiwan. Information provided will include the flight number for which the package departs on. Beyond that point it is the responsibility of the destination country's postal service to provide tracking facilities and it can vary country-by-country and can have different rules depending on the service used. In some cases, especially for USPS, package scanning is not strictly enforced at the post office and it can be normal for the package to stop reporting any update in tracking status. Your package can still arrive on time.

Q. I have problem using Chungwha Post website to track my package
A. Use the directly provided in your shipping confirmation message. Alternatively, there is an "English" button on the top right corner of www.post.gov.tw where you can access the English interface of the website.

Q. It's been X amount of days and I still haven't seen my package, what to do?
A. Please take note that the shipping times quoted are business days, not calendar days. Delivery can be delayed if there are bank holidays or national holidays in between. If it's been more than 30 days - try contacting your local Post Office with your Registered Mail / Parcel code, perhaps it was undeliverable on the first attempt. You should always contact me if it is still missing after 45 days.

Q. I do not have a PayPal account. Can I shop at Misala Handmade with a credit card?
A. Yes! You will add the item to your shopping cart and checkout as usual. At the order review page, click "Check out with PayPal," enter your Etsy account details (You still need an Etsy account, though) and you will be redirected to a screen to log in to PayPal. At the lower right part of the screen there is a link "Don't have a PayPal account? Pay with your debit or credit card as a PayPal guest."

Q. I am looking to use your purse / bag to keep my cell phone / handheld game console etc... will it fit?
A. The dimensions I list on the descriptions (except the clutch width, which is the limit of the width of an item that will fit the purse or bag) are the external dimensions of the purse measuring at the widest point. Since our products usually have irregular shapes, an object of a particular dimension may or may not fit your item. If in doubt, please send us the dimensions of your desired item so I can try it out for you! I also accept custom orders to modify the purse / bag design to your required size at little or no addition cost!