Rachel Elise bags are designed, printed, and stitched
in the mountains of North Carolina.

Our Story

Hi, we're Rachel and Bo! We live in the mountains of North Carolina where we make bags, hike, play with our cats, and drink all the local beer (and cider!) we can find. We're also big fans of just sitting on our porch and staring at the trees (with our cats and our beers/ciders, of course).

Rachel started Rachel Elise in 2008 while earning her BFA in Fiber Art at the University of North Texas. Shortly after she started selling her bags, she met Bo, and they fell in love (awwwwww). Bo had recently graduated from college and soon landed a full-time marketing job. Rachel finished up her studies, married Bo, and made Rachel Elise her full-time job in 2011. 

Fast-forward to 2016, and Bo is super over his once-fancy marketing job. Some stars aligned and Bo quit his job and started helping out with Rachel Elise. It was supposed to be a temporary thing, but we realized we really liked working together! Bo picked up a bit of sewing, improved our product photography, and learned more about rotary cutters and squeegees than he ever thought he would. Later that year, we realized that with both of us being completely self-employed, we should move to the place we'd always aspired to live: the mountains! In 2017, we packed up our studio and our cats and headed to western North Carolina. 

Now, you can find our bags in shops around the country, but specifically around the Carolinas and Texas, where we're still proud of our roots. We design, cut, print, and stitch every bag in our home studio, and hope to do so for years to come! Cheers!

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