Lore is a new Santa Barbara based handbag company owned and operated by Laurie Gow. Gow is a former designer for Kate Spade New York and Coach. She recently relocated from New York to begin her own line of handbags. After ten years of working as a handbag designer for established brands, she began to crave a bigger role in the production process. Starting her own line has enabled her to be involved in every aspect of a bag’s creation, from the initial sketches to the finished product.
Each bag is made by hand, out of premium leather from local suppliers in her studio in downtown Santa Barbara. Gow finds her inspiration in architecture and natural beauty of the central coast. She uses small-run colors and skins, and blends traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics.”
“My brand is inspired by my passion for color and love of simple design. I make bags for women who appreciate the slow fashion movement and are looking for a more personal connection to the products they buy. Living in Santa Barbara is a daily inspiration. The architecture and beaches are a world away from my years in New York City,” says Gow.
Gow is very excited to be starting a business in a city she associates with community, family, and unbelievable beauty. She sees Santa Barbara’s enthusiasm for supporting local businesses as been beyond encouraging. Every week she meets more artists, makers, and crafters who, herself, feel so fortunate to be creating in the 805’s beautiful community.
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