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Tesoro's Tongue — Tesoro Tribe

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.

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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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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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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Behind The Scenes: The Technical Side

The other week the Tesoro spotlight was on Brit and her bag-making process, which was a perfect lead-up to the launch of our most recent collection. Now, I'd like to shift gears a little and take you over to the other side, my side of Tesoro.  Vastly different from what Brit does, many consider my area of concentration to be the "not so fun side." I've seen it before at the different events we attend. Once I say I am not the one making the bags, eyes tend to glaze over and the disinterest is palpable. As you can imagine, I don't love when this happens.  Part of the problem is that people simply don't understand what I do on a...
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The Photo Shoot

This past Sunday, what could have turned into a bloodbath of cattiness ended as an inspiring and successful eleven hour photo shoot. Switching up our shooting process from previous collections, Brit and I worked with local women photographers and a videographer to capture our S/S 17 line. Typically, we shoot our collections outdoors and either end the day with frostbitten fingers or total dehydration depending on the season. Not wanting to repeat either of those situations, every photo was shot inside the well-heated Brow Bar this time around. Owner of The Brow Bar, Tara Giorgio, graciously opened the doors for us on her day off and even modeled in a few of our pictures. Tara has a very strong personal...
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Guest stars so talented they should receive an Oscar.

For this week's videos, Brit and I broke out on our own. Well, almost. We had a couple guest stars make a cameo.  On Wednesday, I ventured into Philadelphia for a meeting at M Concept Shop and later met up with Arantxa for a mini photo shoot. We had hoped to get some behind the scenes photos of me that didn't feature a poorly lit room and my desk. Arantxa was able to get some quality shots during my meeting at M Concept and various streets around South Philly. Part of the day even involved a bright yellow abandoned shutter. Can't wait to share the photos with you!     Today marked the first 24 hours of the collage shoot marathon that...
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