After rebranding last fall from Hustle & Hide to Teddi Joelle, another big change for this Spokane-based maker of leather purses, totes, clutches, wallets and other bags came in July, when it relaunched its signature collection of bags in Italian leather.
While the company's products are still designed at its Spokane headquarters, Teddi Joelle's bags are now being manufactured in Italy.
"[The collection] is made from Italian vachetta vegetable-tanned leather and are meticulously crafted to perfection," explains founder Teddi Cripps. "As for our team and Spokane studio, we will be focusing on new bag design and product development and will be expanding our in-house clothing line, which we are very excited about."
Cripps says the primary reason behind the change in manufacturing was to increase the craftsmanship and quality of its products in order to maintain its core mission, to create timeless and long-lasting pieces that buck fast fashion trends.
With the relaunch, Teddi Joelle's previous line of best-selling bags were slightly updated to feature a more refined silhouette, while other new designs were introduced.
"Last year we came to a point in our company where we had to make some big decisions around growth and sustainability," Cripps reflects. "We knew that we wanted to take our work to a whole new level of craftsmanship and design, and it became very clear that seeking out artisans with extensive experience and knowledge was the next step for us."
Shop the new line at teddijoelle.com, and watch for the launch of the company's new clothing line soon.