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Come with us behind the scenes of Tesoro Design! Here, we document our experiences of running a handmade in America leather handbag company. Updated daily.

Grinches Guide to Gifting

The way I see it, we are a country divided. Not to worry, this isn’t an opinion piece on the extreme political polarity of America, as tempting as that is with mid-term elections being last week. I’m talking about the “Christmas Elves” and the “Grinches”. Almost all of us fit into one category or another. Either you are the sprightly little beings who turn-up to the Christmas Classics the day after Halloween (Thanksgiving? What’s that?). The ones who are Mrs. Claus incarnate and do their shopping months in advance, taking their time to artfully wrap gifts - in between cookie baking, putting up a 5th Christmas tree, and hanging mistletoe in the most essential places. And then… There is the...
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Patience and Pre-order

Pre-order As November quickly closes in, so do my nerves. About 7 months ago I decided that being the only maker in my business was holding me back and that I needed to make some changes if I wanted to keep growing my little company. I was running into so many problems, but the main one was time. Running a retail store, an online store, multiple social media accounts, designing the product, making prototypes and then also making about 150 bags every few months is daunting and overwhelming and I decided that for my sanity and the health of the business that it might be time to think more seriously about getting help.  I researched dozens, and yes, in the...
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Made It- Tesoro Takes Philly

Tesoro is officially open, and we have a new home! This post contains lots of before and after photos, so check it out to see all the work we have done!
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Tesoro X Alyssa Brieanne Embroidery

The accessory you never knew you needed but will wear daily. A collaboration of two female entrepreneurs.
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Tesoro X Chiix

We couldn't be more excited to share some behind the scenes info on our newest collaboration with Alli VanKleek, designer, and owner at www.chiixmakecoolshit.com.
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Finding Sanity

The Summer of change.  Hey, again guys. So as you guys know, so much has changed in the past few months, and I am here to tell you that there is more change to come.  Over the past couple weeks, I have been asking you guys for your advice on updates to the bag designs, and this is because I am hoping to work with this great manufacturer I found in LA. I've been looking for help for a while, but it has been difficult to find manufacturers who don't have huge minimums. These minimums are often around 50 bags minimum per leather color so it can get really expensive really fast. I finally found one that has been super transparent...
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Moving On, And Out

New Doors It's been longer than I had hoped since my last post. So many of you guys reached out in support of me and Tesoro with all the stuff that's been going on, and I can’t thank you enough for that.  Losing my investors has forced me to make some tough decisions.  I love my little headquarters in West Chester, but with the uncertainty of sales, and no help to fall back on during tough months, it is just is not going to be possible for me to keep the space. So I am writing today to make a few announcements.  I was able to find someone to move into my shop, and that will be happening in mid-May. I...
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Tesoro X &Again.co Collab

When I heard there were two college students making a sustainable denim company, I knew I had to meet them. Morgan and Matt are both students at the University of Deleware. They created this company 2 years ago when they were just 20. Since they started, they have landed retail shops in Philly, created a pop-up shop in NYC and worked with some big name bloggers. Morgan and I wanted to make a collaboration happen, but with both of our use schedules, it took some time to work on ideas together. We finally launched the collection a couple weeks ago, and we love the final product. Check out the photos below to see more of &Again product, and the collab...
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Gratitude

The Struggle is Real Hey guys. So it's been a long time since I’ve taken the time to post on here. More than a year actually. : O There are a lot of bullshit excuses for that, but the real reason is that I just never know how to say what I need to say. Tesoro is a small brand, working hard every day in the hopes to let one more lady know how your purchases can positively affect the world around you. And because of that, I often don’t feel like people don’t really care about what I have to say. BUT, that is going to change. It's my own insecurities that lead me to think this way, and...
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Stronger Together

Damiano Collection x Llani x Tesoro There will always be moments and people in your life feed your soul, and remind you why you do what you do. As an entrepreneur, the more you can set yourself up for those moments and to be around those people, the better you will feel about today, and tomorrow. Last Saturday we had the privilege of having two talented and strong women in our shop to show some of our #tesorotribe the pieces they work so hard to produce. It was a day of talking shop, meeting new people, drinking Champagne and eating a lot of guac.   From left to right : Brit (Tesoro), Alex (Damiano Collection), Alana (Llani Shoes) It has always been...
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