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!

Our Materials

Have questions about our materials? Here are some answers!

The leather blend material used for all Rachel Elise straps, tassels, and assorted hardware is a composite of natural and manmade materials and contains a small amount of real leather. 100% of the leather content is recycled and is kept out of the wastestream by its inclusion in this fabric. So while it is not a vegan product, the manufacturer prides itself on the ecofriendliness of this material. Plus, it was originally designed to upholster furniture, so it is also highly durable.

We design and print all our fabrics by screenprinting them in our studio! Does your bag have a label that says "RE + AT"? That means the artwork was designed by our friend Anna Tovar and we printed her beautiful design onto the canvas. 

Waxed Canvas
Almost all our products include waxed canvas. This durable fabric is cotton canvas with a thin coating of wax on both sides. It makes the fabric extra tough and is also a little bit weather resistant.

All our graphic design was created by the delightful Emily Holt.

Rachel Elise bags are not washable, but we encourage you to tackle any stains with Resolve Carpet Cleaner.

 Photo by Brad Holt, Styling and Graphic Design by Emily Holt

Photo by Brad Holt, Styling and Graphic Design by Emily Holt

More Information

Still have some questions? Contact Rachel at rachelelisebags@gmail.com.

Wholesale inquiries requests may also be sent to rachelelisebags@gmail.com, 
or you can find us on Etsy Wholesale by searching for "Rachel Elise".