Seven days after I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion and Accessories Design, I federally established my company. Blythe Leonard LLC was founded on the immense inconsiderable amount of Made in the USA all leather handbag companies. Each product is handmade, manufactured, one at a time in Thomasville, NC at my workshop. Each and every material that is used to manufacture my bags is purchased within the United States, and many of the supplies are purchased within the Triad area. Blythe Leonard LLC is housed in my great-grandfather’s manufacturing building, Celand Yarn Dyers, which was closed down in the early 2000’s due to overseas production. Bag by bag, we are paying our way to renovating and re-purposing my great-grandfather’s hard work, restoring his legacy by continuing to follow in his vision as well as mine, to manufacture in the USA, and to provide our community with job opportunities. If you come by any day Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00, you will find myself either sewing, patterning, photo-shooting with models, tagging products, or pulling leather choices for clients to design their dream bag. There is a great sense of dedication and love that I pour into each and every product that I manufacture. The best part of my days are when I get to show my client’s their custom designed bag that they designed or to emboss a little girl’s name or initials on a keychain and watch their little faces light up.
We are been graciously been named a Style Finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Competition in 2015 and also been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Our State Magazine Made in NC Awards in 2016. My products are also in a variety of locations including New York, Las Vegas, High Point, (Wright Choices of course!) Greensboro, Our State Store, Bikini.com, and our flagship store located in Thomasville. The store is posed right next to the workshop to give the customers a sense of it really is “Made Right Here.”
I also firmly believe in a strong community connection and philanthropy. We have done multiple events such as a homeless shelter toiletry drive, hurricane relief shoe drive, handbag drive for a local restoration organization, as well as donated our talents to various organizations that fund raise for children, the homeless, and the hungry. I believe it is important to not only want to express my creativity everyday by creating quality made luxury leather goods, but also to help others in my community at the same time.
If you want to come see our store we would love to have you! Our address is 606 Davidson St. Thomasville, NC 27360. Also, go see Wright Choices in High Point, tell Gretchen I sent you! If you have any questions about our brand please feel free to reach out to us, our contact information is on our website at www.BlytheLeonard.com.