PersonaGrataGoods

Sustainably Made Carpet Bags for Wanderers at Heart

Charlotte, North Carolina On Etsy since 2016

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PersonaGrataGoods

Sustainably Made Carpet Bags for Wanderers at Heart

Charlotte, North Carolina | 292 Sales

Announcement    Production has slowed down tremendously for us here at Persona Grata Goods, as we observe safety protocols and product quarantining. Be assured that any item you order has been "quarantined" for two weeks after production. Thanks for continuing to support our small batch carpet bag production as we seek to create sustainably made bags and purses.

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Last updated on Jul 11, 2020

Production has slowed down tremendously for us here at Persona Grata Goods, as we observe safety protocols and product quarantining. Be assured that any item you order has been "quarantined" for two weeks after production. Thanks for continuing to support our small batch carpet bag production as we seek to create sustainably made bags and purses.

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About PersonaGrataGoods

Sales 292
On Etsy since 2016

Carpet Bags - they're not just for Mary Poppins anymore.

Carpet bag purses are a unique type of purse, one that has distinct historical roots. These beautiful and unique bags has been inspired by the romantic Victorian Era and influenced by such famous English literary characters as Sherlock Holmes, Mary Poppins and Miss Marple. We love the vintage look from that comes from using these durable and thick textiles…but we felt like many of the bags currently on the market just weren’t quite right for us.
We’re working moms. We love to explore, sometimes with our kids and sometimes without. We decided that a new carpet bag line was needed that fit some specific criteria:

* Not too pricey – we’re on a budget and can’t often swing $200 carpet purses.

* Eco-friendly – this part is a process, but we’ve started going green with the fabrics by using donated textile samples and upholstery remnants.

* Organized – keys, phone, wallet, diapers, water bottles – junk just gets lost in a big purse. So our goal is to make our carpet bags with pockets, clips and add-ons to keep us all organized.

* Social impact – we’re more than just a Mary Poppins purse company (though a flying umbrella would be awesome). We want to make a difference in the lives of other moms. We hire refugee moms to sew with us, making products like these carpet bags, our Journey Home kitchen collection and the Messy Hair head wraps.

*Made locally – we don’t outsource production of these purses. They’re all made in Charlotte, North Carolina. We’re bringing a bit of British sensibility to the Southern look (because we REALLY dislike chevron).

Persona Grata Goods comes from the Latin, "Person Welcome." Our social enterprise is inspired by world fashion and designed to help moms who care about the world make a difference in the lives of other moms! Persona Grata Goods creates world inspired bags using fabrics from across the globe, upholstery remnants and reclaimed textiles, hiring refugee women in Charlotte, NC.

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  • Julia Camenisch

    Owner

    Julia was introduced to the refugee community in 2012. She was amazed by her new friends' resiliency in the face of almost unimaginable loss and struggle. She watched as these young moms worked to raise children in tiny, crime-ridden apartments with husbands gone 12 hours a day in minimum wage jobs. These women wanted to contribute to the family income, but had no way to do so. From this experience, Julia's passion for social enterprise - geared towards fellow moms - was born.

  • Diim

    Maker

    Diim is from Burma. She loves sewing and creating! She's a talented seamstress and adds special touches to the products she creates.

  • Mai

    Maker

    Mai is from Burma. She is one of the Aila bag seamstresses, crafting these lovely carpet bags from tapestry remnants. She's been sewing with us for 2 years!

  • Faibe

    Maker

    Faibe is from Afghanistan. Her husband worked with the US military and they had to eventually flee the country. Faibe has only been sewing a short time, but her attention to detail and careful stitches are a hallmark of her work.

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