Our Story

Pursey was born from a slip of the tongue when I accidentally called my sister’s purse a “pursey” on our way to the Women’s March. Having felt powerless for too long, we decided to take action and march together on January 21st, 2017. We had no idea what this one small decision would lead to.

In a sea of pink hats and hand painted signs, we decided that would we no longer allow anyone or anything to make us feel powerless again. By reconnecting to our power, our creativity opened and we were inspired to design a handbag that honored that moment. As we tapped into our creative energy our world opened up in more ways than we could have ever imagined.

In less than a year, we learned about design and manufacturing and completed our first two handbags styles. We ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in December of 2017, which led to the completion of our first production order arriving in April of 2018. We are in the process of completing the other designs for our debut collection.

Pursey is a purpose driven company. We believe everything we do matters. That is why we choose premium material and employ American makers who earn living wages in an ethical and clean work environment.  Our handbags are designed in the heart of the midwest and hand-stitched in the garment district in New York City. Our duster bags are made in Nepal by Beauty for Ashes, a company providing living wages and resources for marginalized women.

We believe in the power of contribution and have a vision to invest in the empowerment of youth through opportunities to cultivate creativity and artistic expression. We believe that when children are supported and celebrated in their self-expression, they learn that what they think, feel, and say matters. They learn to see and celebrate the uniqueness within themselves and others. 

We believe that human beings were made to create. We have seen first hand the positive benefits of connecting to and expressing one's creativity. Our desire is to pour into children through creative expression, giving them a solid foundation and connection to their own inherent value. Thus creating opportunities to become leaders in their communities and to have compassion and respect for all people.

Creativity cultivates the ability to dream up innovative solutions to create positive change in the world. 



A woman carries her world in her handbag. It is an honor to be part of your world.

XOXO Pursey


Check out our guest appearance on the Steve Merila "It's all About Her" podcast, Meet Jeni, Holly, and Randi!