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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.

Pricing Transparency - Find out how we price our bags

The Chelsea bag is one of our most popular bags. We love it because you can you can wear it as a crossbody or shoulder bag. Some can even also be worn as a backpack. Switch up the chain color or crossbody strap to make it your own!  Raw Materials-  Leather- About $70. Leather is tough to price because it doesn't come to us like fabric. Certain hides can be shorter, wider, some have more scaring and others have a wide variation of weight which can't always be used for each bag piece.  Short Strap- $17.50. The short strap is made by an equestrian company in the Lancaster area. They are sturdy and sleek! I don't have the machine that...
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5 Things to Know Before Buying a Leather Bag

Not all leather is made the same. Whether this is a new or old fact to you, there are many things that go into producing leather goods, some of which are very easy to overlook. I have compiled a list of my top 5 things you should know before purchasing a leather bag, to help guide you during your next leather purchase.  1. Keep an eye out for leather with a cross-hatch finish. If you see a finish on the leather that resembles light scratching or cross-hatching, it is very likely that this leather is a bonded leather. Bonded leather is made up of the hide leftovers. This includes dust and shavings. These are bonded together using polyurethane or latex...
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Why Leather?

Leather often gets a bad wrap, let's talk about why.  Fashion revolution week is here, and we want to take a couple of minutes to talk to you a little about leather, and where it all belongs in the movement for ethical fashion and sustainability. I often tell customers that the last time a burger is eaten in America will be the last day that I use leather in my products. Leather gets a bad wrap for a couple of reasons. The main one being that cows are a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions because of the amount of methane cows produce. We cannot deny that farming has a major impact on global warming. But a large percentage of all cows are...
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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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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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