We are an artisan leather handbag brand, focusing on the beauty of natural materials, minimal design, and small-batch production.
"I spend my studio days planning our marketing and social media, pattern-making & developing new handbag prototypes, shooting product photography, lifestyle, & blog images, and teaching new production techniques to my team!"
Founder | Creative Director
Production manager +
Not only do I oversee our small production team daily, but I also handle of a large portion of the more complicated stitching, while keeping bag production on schedule & on point. making sure each bag is up to standard, finished perfectly, and ready to ship!
Stitching + Finishing
My specialty is our handbag linings. I arrange and assemble the handbag interiors, as well as most of the prep-work for putting them together! I'm also the hands behind each leather bag tassel, cutting and putting each one together with care, and love!
Cutting & Printing
Cutting, dyeing, and printing is my forte' ! Each piece of leather is cut -- individually -- then hand-dyed, and finished by me! I hand-print each of our canvas linings, paint and burnish every edge, and even put together the ADORABLE little carry-bags your handbag comes in!
Our Company Culture..
I (Rebecca) believe strongly in self-care, the importance of relationships, and truly LIVING life.
I wanted to do things differently, create time and opportunity for LIFE and adventure to happen, and make our workplace as enjoyable --and yes, FUN as I could.
So, we work hard and we work early, from 8 am -3:30 pm, with a short lunch-break -- giving us time in the afternoons / evenings to spend adventuring and building connections with our families and friends, learning new things, and exploring other interests.
We work to a consistent beat of great background music, and take birthday's very seriously!
We enjoy our jobs, each other's company, and the "culture" that has become a norm for us in the workplace.
The Back-story -- How TWIG & PEARL Came to be..
After years of working towards becoming a Womens-wear designer, In 2014 I (Rebecca) left my Job designing custom women's wear and bridal gowns, to find and build something that I believed in.
I spent months soul-searching, learning new skills, and scribbling down ideas, sketches, and plans for what on earth I would do next with my life.
I began with zero leather-work training and zero clue of how to make a handbag. I developed my first few leather handbag prototypes (Early versions of the current Ashley tote and Mona minibag) and at 22 I launched TWIG & PEARL with a pile of ideas, very little marketing and business know-how, raw and completely un-refined bag making skills, and 5 big goals:
1.) To build a fashion brand that would celebrate the things I love so dearly about Belizean life
2.) To create a waste-free small batch production process based entirely around sustainability and our value of the environment
3.) To use a minimum of 70% natural materials in the construction of each of our pieces
4.) To build in-house production by training & employing Belizean women
5.) to build and launch one of Belize's first e-commerce stores, catering for both local and international sales.
I'm excited because just a few years later, I've seen these five goals, one-by-one, reached. We've launched our line in our own online shop, trained and now employ two amazing young artisan women, and we produce all our pieces in-house from natural locally sourced leather, hardwood, and hand-printed cotton.
Dreams and goals don't accomplish themselves overnight. But people who work hard and have a purpose and vision behind their dreams and goals, do accomplish them over time..