SwanDoe|Â Oh swoon… the softest of leathers, and an excellent Christmas present for your loved ones.
I said it before, and I’ll say it again:Â it’s so important to shop local. Not are you only benefiting the local economy, but SwanDoe is giving back to the community as well which I think is equally notable. Plus, you’re making people like Swan do a happy-dance when you buy one of her products. It’s cute, I’ve seen it!
SwanDoe is a local brand based in San Francisco with a small team of artisans who were all trained by an Hermes master artisan. That’s mind blowing. Do you know how cool that is? Hermes is the tip top of luxury brands.
I was gifted a generous amount of SwanDoe’s Essentials Collection (which fun fact, launched on Halloween Day â€” Swan was coding away while her hubby was handing out candy!). The Essentials Collection is one to be grown with, meaning that Swan and her team are creating versatile, timeless designs that evoke quality. If you’re a college student, carry the Van Reversible Tote, it fits a laptop perfectly and doesn’t poke out. Transitioning into a working woman, the leather is only going to grow with you and get even more smooth and buttery. Working woman turned mother? Easy, she’ll be launching inserts with pockets to fit into the Reversible Tote very very soon… so stay tuned.
The Essentials Collection is branded as affordable luxury pieces. But here’s the deal, if you like a colour way, you better snag it up when you can because once that colour is sold out, it’s gone for good! Pieces areÂ created in small production batches to ensure highest quality standards are met. This also means SwanDoeÂ items are limited and one of a kind. I like that. No one else (unless there’s a batch of 50 of you and your friends who want to bring back that colour) has the Pumpkin + Almond colour tote any more now that they’re all gone. I was the last person with it! I carry it with me all the time â€” including adding it to my try-on’s in dressing rooms :)
As a Graphic Designer I can appreciate the beautiful packaging. It’s so luxe with the orange bags and white pretty bows.
Here are some product shots of the items that were gifted to me:
Van Reversible Tote in Pumpkin Spice. I have my switched over toÂ the almond side! :)
Travel Wallet in Ruby Sky
Swan’sÂ goal for the company is to become a product for goodÂ lifestyle brand that focuses on creating opportunities and providing support families in need. SwanDoe continues to donate and support a variety of organizations and charities, locally and internationally includingÂ donating to a silent auction event for a charity that raises funds for a House of Hope in southern Viet Nam, where they provide housing and financial support to women and children who have been infected/affected by HIV and have been abandoned by their families and/or husbands. Swan is a product of poverty and she remembers the hardships her and her family faced in Viet Nam and when theyÂ arrived in San Jose whenÂ she was 10 years old. Unfortunately I had to miss her latest charity event where donations from SwanDoe purchases went to theÂ St. Jude’s Children Hospital through their collaboration with West Elm in Palo Alto.
After meeting with Swan for coffee last week, IÂ can tell she has a great heart and she has fully dove into her work with a passion. I cannot wait to support her even more in the near future.