A little interview with Sarah Burroughs from Salt Lake City, USA about the launch of her to die for clutches and little bags. I am so in love with these clutches. A real must have, if you ask me.
Who is Sarah Burroughs?
I grew-up in Virginia Beach, Virginia taking dance lessons, piano lessons, attending various art schools, participated in church and school choirs, and picked up sewing along the way.
I’m practically a self-taught seamstress, initially out of frustration with tacky clothes and bags. I found that I enjoyed desiging bags the most because I found have them fit my personal taste and style. Then I began to consult with friends to design bags that fit their personal needs, taste, and style as well. I loved seeing how excited they got realizing they were essentially the designer—I just made the sketches and final product. Fast forward to 2014, after many years and many fails, I’ve developed anne b (middle name + last initial) into an authentic handbag brand that has expereinced international sales and creditable local media recognition.
What inspired you to make your MADE collection?
I was first inspired to create this school while volunteering in Uganda last summer with HELP International. While there, I taught women and children skills like sewing, paper bead making, and marketing. Seeing how quickly they picked up these skills and their creativity was truly inspiring. When I got back to the States I knew I wanted to bring that same spirit of teaching, creativity, and innovation to the people around me.
Tell us a bit more about MADE?
The cosmetic bags and folded clutches are made from 100% leather, bold kona cotton prints, bright colored lining, leather trimmed pockets, and durable brass zippers.
In staying true to the initial inspiration for this project, I have worked with local LDS and Catholic refugee services to identify skilled seamstresses who will then manufacture the bags and will be employeed through donations to this project. I will provide personal training and mentoring for the refugees to ensure quality craftsmanship. The remaining funds will go directly to the Made school to help pay for sewing machines, rental space, sewings tools and materials, and promoting throughout the valley.
I strongly believe that everyone has a spark of innovation and creativity in them no matter who or where they are. By supporting Made, you can help others realize their potential and maybe even help it come alive in you!