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Tesoro's Tongue — philly

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.

On Transparency

How we price Tesoro products Pricing products is a constant battle of balance. There are so many factors that go into the pricing of each product. Not to mention the importance of being competitive with other handbag companies.  The three deciding factors revolve around variable costs, fixed costs, and profit margins.  Our variable prices include things like the cost of our raw materials (leather is measured by the square foot, so I calculate how many square feet of leather per bag to find the cost), hardware costs, the amount of time each bag takes to make times how much I should be paying myself for the time, and other costs like shipping for the raw materials.  The second big factor...
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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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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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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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We Get Around

As a startup our budget is tight in general, which can sometimes be tough when it comes to marketing. Wanting people to learn our story but not having the money to promote it can be frustrating. Luckily, we live in the age of social media and influencers. How convenient for us.  At Tesoro, one of our 2017 new year's resolutions was to reach out to bloggers that share our aesthetic and would be a great fit with our brand. So far we have worked with Lindsey of The Motherchic and are working on a very special project for Jacklyn of Three Sisters One Closet (stay tuned for this one!).  The Motherchic, created by Lindsey, aims to bring a pinch of glamour...
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URBN

Fresh rolled sushi, spicy steaming stir-fry, energy stimulating La Colombe coffee...and this is only their cafeteria.  URBN, headquarters of Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Anthropologie, was home to Tesoro Design last Thursday. Well, us and about eleven other local vendors.  You see, about once a month, URBN brings local artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses onto their Navy Yard campus in Philadelphia, PA. Lucky for us, we were one of the chosen vendors for September. From 10am to 4pm we were set up in their cafeteria (building 543) and open for business. All day long, URBN employees could take a break, stretch their legs and shop. How has this not been implemented into every work environment?      The employees of URBN (mostly...
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