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 in the studio, we take birthday's very seriously, eat lunch together daily, and take extra time out to cook lunch together at my house as a team on Wednesdays for our planning meetings..
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..