Photo by Brad Holt

Photo by Brad Holt

Rachel Elise bags are small batch, handprinted, and 100% handcrafted.


The Maker

Rachel Elise Aughtry is the maker behind the brand, crafting each piece by hand in her Hendersonville, North Carolina studio. Rachel works alongside her husband, Bo Aughtry, to create small batch bags that are unique in style but cohesive in aesthetic and quality. As a Texas native and a multi-generational descendant of entrepreneurs and makers, Rachel comes by her creative spirit honestly.

The Community

In addition to creating products for Rachel Elise, Rachel co-founded a handmade shop in historic downtown Denton, Texas. The DIME Store houses locally made goods from more than 70 makers and fosters a supportive maker community with a collaborative spirit.

In the Spring of 2016, Rachel collaborated with local artist Anna Tovar to create a line of bags combining Rachel's sewing skills and Anna's elegant imagery. This collaboration is ongoing and Anna and Rachel introduce new prints in the collection seasonally.

Each Rachel Elise bag is branded with a laser-engraved label created by the talented Savannah of Savvie Studio.

All graphic design by the delightful Emily Holt.

The Materials

In early 2015, Rachel Elise released the Hex Collection-- a series of small batch bags that feature handprinted canvas. This material was created from Rachel's original, hand-drawn designs, printed locally by Dozy Doats Totes, and then sewn into a final product that features three pieces of craftsmanship in one.

Since the Hex Collection, Rachel has created two additional handprinted collections, the Talavara Collection and the Vukani Collection. Both of these collections are created by Rachel and Bo from start to finish: Rachel draws the original designs, hand paints them onto silkscreens, Bo assists her in printing the patterns onto canvas, and then they stitch the bags to completion.

The leather blend material used for all Rachel Elise straps, tassels, and assorted hardware contains a small amount of real leather. The amount of leather is minimal and 100% of the leather content is recycled. It is kept out of the wastestream by its inclusion in the leather blend material. So while it is not a vegan product, the manufacture prides itself on the ecofriendliness of this material. It is designed with upholstery in mind, so it is also highly durable.


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.