Meet five designers showing at Frost: Fashion Denver's Holiday Market
|Mama Mahoney Creations.|
Mama Mahoney Creations
Who knows the correct specs for a functional purse more than a mom? Janice Mahoney, the woman who give birth to Mama Mahoney Creations, figured this out when she made her first bag. A gift for a friend with four kids, Mahoney put her expert sewing skills to use and created a giant, one-of-a-kind tote with pockets in all the right places -- and requests started rolling in.
A business was born, and Mahoney began cranking out made-to-order bags. "I'm a perfectionist and I don't like using cheap material," she explains. And it shows in her work. Customers pick out the fabric, bag size, number of pockets and type of closure they want on their bag -- which is washable, and fortified with a heavier quilt batting that stands up to purse wear and tear. Embroidered names and phrases are also an option.
Though the majority of her business comes from custom orders, Mahoney says a marketplace like Frost gives her an opportunity to show and sell her smaller pieces -- like the genius "wristlet" design. A functional take on the clutch, the bags hang from the wrist and are big enough hold cards, keys and more.
Mama Mahoney Creations' ready-made pieces will be available at the market; prices from from $9.50 up to $50. Custom orders -- Mahoney will have some of those on display -- start around $10 and go up to $100. For more information, visit the designer's website.