View Mobile Site

COOL HUNTING

show nav
View Desktop Site

COOL HUNTING

Talitha Leather

An altruistic leather worker's line of covetable purses, bags and accessories

by Adrienne So in Style on 30 July 2010

talitha-leather1.jpg talitha-leather2.jpg

Portland, OR-based Talitha Leather was founded by Nate Bagley after working as a case manager for a homeless youth organization. Inspired by bible stories, he named the business after a sickly young girl who Jesus saves after her parents leave her for dead.

talitha-leather4.jpg

A friend of Bagley's was working in a shoe store, where he learned leather working techniques. Together they began collecting tools and set up shop in a basement, refining their skills at riveting and sewing. Today, Talitha Leather sells a full line of men's and women's accessories, including bags, purses and leather jewelry made from materials sourced on the West Coast.

talitha-leather3.jpg

A portion of the profits from the sturdy bags goes toward the International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that promotes victim advocacy in the public justice system. The profits from the company also allow Bagley to offer a sliding scale for his services as a private practice mental health counselor to uninsured families and children in Portland.

Prices range from $14 for jewelry to $200-$500 for handmade messenger bags and sell from their online shop or Talitha Leather's Etsy site.

advertisement

Get Cool Hunting delivered to your inbox every weekday morning