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Tesoro's Tongue — Blog

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.

The #TesoroTribe Gift Guide

Hello beautiful! Christmas is only 14 days away, and Hanukkah starts tomorrow! Whatever you might be celebrating this season, we have the perfect gift for you and your loved ones. We just added a "Gifts Under $100" section to the site, and its chock-full of great gifts. Those items can all be embossed with initials or a cute but short quote to tell the ones you love why you love them.  Here at Tesoro, we also believe in supporting other makers. We have some gorgeous jewelry and useful clay pieces, all made in Philly, and all made by ladies. Those items are available in store, but if you like something you see we would be happy to take a phone order...
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Bag Features

Each Tesoro bag is multifunctional, and is designed to make your life easier. These might not be obvious to you immediately, so here are some images to make understanding these features easy and straight forward.  The Audrey- Envelope Wallet and Belt Bag The Aranxta- Mini Cross body bag The Brittany- Reversible Clutch   The Mini Shannon- Mini Reversible Bucket Bag The Miranda- Half Moon wristlet and cross body bag   The Chelsea- Cross body Bag The Emily- Envelope Cross body or Clutch  The Shannon- Large reversible bucket bag The MG- Leather Lined, zip closure purse  The Pamela- Large lightweight tote bag  The Brad- Unisex Satchel or back pack  The Damian- Large Weekender bag    
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Paging Kelly Kapowski

Every morning before leaving my warm home to get the bus for school, I would sit on the couch eating my Reece's Puffs cereal and stare blindly atSaved By The Bell. Was I a Kelly (not really), a Jessie (not after those caffeine pills), a Lisa (she loved clothes, so, yes)? It didn't really matter. All I knew was I wanted the confidence to wear those clothes. High-waisted shorts, side ponytails, crop tops, and all of it in various degrees of neon. Being born right before the show ended and having to wear a uniform everyday, I had very little working in my favor. Lucky for me, weekends could be dedicated to stirrup pants and white Keds.   Earlier this...
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Fall Open House

Its been awhile since I have had the time to sit down and write about our progress, but today seemed the perfect day. Its Monday morning, and I would rather be sleeping if I am honest, but instead Emily and I just cleaned up the aftermath of yesterdays open house.     I wanted to take a couple minutes to thank our friends, families and new customers for coming yesterday! Between Summer festivals, and working overtime to get the Fall line launched, we haven't had much time off this summer. This might sound like a complaint, but its not. I consider myself privileged to get to come to work everyday and do what I love, but I would be lying if...
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Summer Event Update & Swinging Summer Thursday Recap

We have officially been accepted to all the festivals/craft shows we applied for. Yay!! This is terrific news.  The following is where and when Tesoro will be throughout the summer:   July 8th, 9th, and 10th The Promenade Art Show in Cape May, NJ July 16th Open House at our studio (21 S High Street West Chester, PA) July 30th & 31st Chase on the Riverfront Fine Craft Fair in Wilmington, DE August 6th & 7th Stone Harbor Arts and Crafts Festival in Stone Harbor, NJ September 10th & 11th Brandywine Festival of the Arts in Wilmington, DE Hope you will be able to make it to at least one event! This past Thursday was our first outdoor event in West...
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Gallery Walk and Open House this Weekend!!

We are so excited for this weekend! We are spending First Friday at Old Soul Decor with the stores beautiful owner Krystal. We will be featured alongside Ted Walsh as artists on the West Chester Annual Gallery Walk. This will be our first time being involved with this event, and we couldn’t be happier! We will be set up with the new SS16 line from 5:00 to 9:00. Krystal will have wine, champagne and lots of treats from Dia Doce! Stop in and see her gorgeous vintage and antique furniture and jewelry, and our newest line in person!  This Saturday we will be having our second open house from 10:00-5:00. We will have our entire Spring and Summer collection available...
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Wyebrook Music Festival

The Spring/ Summer 2016 line came out one week ago. Emily and I were done a little earlier than expected, so we launched the site early. (Not before a celebratory dinner and a couple drinks from Sidebar obviously) We couldn’t believe the positive response! We sold 2 bags before the site was even live, and since then we have sold another seven.  Not exactly Prada, but its all about the small victories for small businesses.      This weekend we spent our Saturday at Wyebrook Farm. One of my favorite places in the world, Wyebrook is a sustainable farm to table that features gorgeous indoor and outdoor eating spaces, and trails throughout the property to have a little adventure. Their...
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Front Page News. Thank You Daily Local!

Well, this was a fun weekend...   Enjoying ourselves at a concert this past Saturday night, at the Fillmore in Philly, it was brought to Brit and my attention that we were trending on Facebook.  Part of the above sentence is horrifyingly untrue.  Yes, we were at a concert at the Fillmore, but we were not trending on any form of social media. Although, my phone was inundated with text messages and Facebook notifications around 8:45pm. Knowing that in Sundays paper The Daily Local News was going to run a story on the inception of Tesoro Design, Brit and I were pleasantly surprised to see that the article was posted to their website Saturday night. Apparently, our family and friends saw it...
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Backroom Talk: Episode I

So much learning is happening right now. To the point where my brain hurts.   Taxes are the main cause of my brain pain. Luckily, the only taxes I file for Tesoro are PA sales tax and something called a business privilege tax. Let me tell you, filing this thing is anything but a privilege.   “Why in the world is this person in charge of accounting for a company?” is a question you may be asking yourself. Yes, I did take an accounting class in college. Ironically, the class was completely in French (a language I am far from fluent in), and all I learned was that there is such a thing as accounts receivable. Didn’t learn what it...
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The Lime Light

Tesoro products are all about quality and low quantity. We only make around 3 bags in each color range for every collection. The low production number, and the unique quality of every hide insures that you are getting a one of a kind piece every time you purchase a bag from us. In each collection we will be choosing a very rare hide and making just one bag in each style. In the first collection we used a beautiful multi color suede “mermaid" print. See Photo below of our Mermaid hide.  This Spring/Summer we will be featuring a lime green hair on hide collection, called “The Lime Light”. Each of these bags will only be made once. Perfect for any lady...
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