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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.

Meet Rachel - The newest member of the Tesoro Team

Hello Tesoro Tribe! My name is Rachel and I am honored to be the newest member of the Tesoro team! I currently am a dedicated Registered Nurse by night and an avid fashion addict by day. This summer I had the pleasure of meeting Brit, our fearless Tesoro Queen, and was mesmerized by her drive, heart, and our mutual love for the My Favorite Murder podcast. No more than one week of being introduced to the Tesoro tribe I was begging to be a part of this unbelievable company.During my undergraduate years, I had the unique opportunity to work in a state-run in-patient psychiatric facility where I worked closely with many vulnerable populations. I found myself gravitating to a group...
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Made for you, By you!

GUYS!! I cannot contain my excitement. After years of wanting to teach you amazing humans a little about leather work, I have finally found the time, help and location that I needed to make it work. I have always really enjoyed learning, and teaching. From my youngest art classes to soccer camps and a gazillion other things, teaching has become something I really enjoy. Last summer I had the opportunity to have my first leather working intern, and after a summer of teaching her the basics, I was reminded how much inspiration I derive from it, and I am here to tell you that I will now be offering bimonthly classes at the shop. For now, each class will be...
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Permanent Changes

Hey guys!  Happy new year! I can't believe I haven't written on here since November. Lots has happened since then, and the Holidays were our best yet here at Tesoro. There are a couple quick things I would love to update you guys on with timelines and collection, and then I am going to tell you guys about some new product in the works.  So, first, I wanted to take a second to explain the seasonal changes going on with our collection. The bags that came out in November (The Nora, The Chelsea, The Audrey, The Anne, and The Ellie) are now, and forever more, stapes in the Tesoro collection. Since 2015 when Tesoro became my full-time job I have been...
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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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