If you are looking for BAGOLITAS (those spunky fabric handbags with fringe), you are just one more click away – head on over to my ETSY store, called Janice Baldes Studio.
If you have never heard of a BAGOLITA, let me catch you up to speed. In 2005 I founded a handbag company when a home project went awry and I took some left over fabric, added some fringe and called it a BAGOLITA. Who knew they would be such a hit? After selling over 100,000 handbags (with the help of many!) and having the bottom fall out of the business during The Great Recession, God started weaving a new story into my life and it was time to set the fabric and fringe aside (for awhile). After some serious grieving of the company and people I loved spending my days with, I dusted myself off and began my next adventure: helping other unexpected entrepreneurs launch, tidy-up and grow their own business ventures.
Today, in the nooks and crannies of life, I still love creating handbags and gifts. I consider myself more of a mixed media artist – I love working with paper, beads and wire just as much as fabric… and I am always dreaming up new ideas. Below you will find a sampling of some favorites of mine that have hit the shop over the years!