Shara Porter is a designer and artist who makes a career
out of giving vintage accessories a new life. She received
her MFA in Textiles from UMASS Dartmouth in 2004 and started
her own business soon after. She spends many hours in
thrift stores shopping for vintage leather accessories,
then cleans and mends the items, and adds her signature
printed image, making each piece current and unique.
“I have always liked
finding discarded items and seeing their potential with
some sort of alteration. I love the hunt- and rescuing
items that have been passed along.”
An observation during a long drive prompted the designer’s
current collection of handbags, shoes and small leather
goods. She spotted a sign for a construction company with
a picture of a dump truck on it. As she got closer, she
also noticed a small unicorn on the corner of the sign.
The funny, quirky combination of information and the misplaced
creature inspired Porter to create similar juxtapositions
with her collection of leather goods.
She loved the idea of taking an ultra-feminine purse and
putting something unexpected on it, such as a tire or
a ladder. The items have since evolved to include all kinds
of imagery, including more feminine and playful designs
like birds and trees.
Aside from an occasional trunk show, you can find her
line at boutiques across the country.
Click here for a
list of retailers.
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