speakeasy

Hand-Made, Up-Cycled/Vintage Accessories

Buffalo, New York 541 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars (75)

speakeasy

Hand-Made, Up-Cycled/Vintage Accessories

Buffalo, New York | 541 Sales

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About speakeasy

Sales 541
On Etsy since 2007

My business started at an estate sale at an old Victorian mansion. The woman who had lived there was an artist and master screen printer. Clearly, no one quite knew what to do with all the textiles she had printed, because they were just stuffed in a box in the basement. I've been sewing since I was five years old, so I took one look and decided I'd be the one to save those pieces of fabric. That day, I made my first purse! It was a hit on social media and soon friends were asking if I could make purses for them, too.

While I studied history and art history in college, my career has been in graphic design, photography, and writing—and it has been exciting to combine all of those loves into my textile products. I've also picked up a few new skills along the way, like screen printing and block printing, to help me fully customize pieces for every customer. My designs have also expanded quite a lot beyond purses!

I'm a happy urban-dweller with a 1907 house that holds me, my husband, two cats and our respective studios (his: woodworking and music, mine: sewing and printing).

In addition to my personal sewing, I work part time at Stitch Buffalo—a refugee women's sewing center in Buffalo, NY. As part of my work there, I operate their Etsy store (StitchBuffaloShop).

Shop members

  • Michelle Perkins

    Owner, Designer

    I studied history in college, made my career as a graphic designer, and now love to combine both of those passions in my artwork.

Production partners

  • Planet Love

    West Falls, NY

    Screen Printer.

  • A Printing Service

    Durham, NC

    For some of my custom textiles, I work with a digital printer to output yard goods. These are are then sewn by me into final products. Digital printing allows me to offer unique products and avoid waste by creating only as many materials as I need.

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Last updated on Jun 11, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I'm happy to personalize your order! Please contact me directly for details and we'll make it happen.

Care instructions

For my handbags and accessories, I suggest you spot-clean only. Hand-knit items should be hand washed cold and dried flat.