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From Sketch to Shoulder

angela Mariah founder with structured top handle bag

I was looking for a creative outlet when I stopped in a downtown Chicago fabric store. Becoming mesmerized by the selection of faux leathers, I decided to try and sew a bag that night.

Being an all or nothing person, I worked until after 1AM working on my first clutch. When I accidentally cut the flap with a sharp angle I was at first disappointed that all my work had gone to waste.

But I soon realized this mistake made the bag subtly resemble the beak of a bird. I became immediately inspired to create an entire line of bird-inspired bags. But what would the rest of them look like?

I noticed that most of the women in the office building I worked in carried similar square tote bags. While these were fine for the office, I sensed that they carried them on their days (and nights) off too.

I had always loved the classic shapes of vintage bags. But of course it was difficult to find one in good condition.

Angela Mariah founder workdesk

 While designing my first collection I pulled inspiration from their structured, bulbous shapes. I combined this with the sharp geometric lines of a bird's wingspan and beak.

Throughout history birds have stood for confidence and freedom and I seek to revive these symbols through my signature wingspan flap, sharp 'beak' clasp, and bold colors.

The Angela Mariah mission is for women everywhere to get outside of their comfort zone and break free from the confines of the typical square tote. My bags are for any woman who appreciates a timeless aesthetic with a contemporary edge.

Is this you? See the latest collection here.