While each Grace Design bag is handmade on Vancouver Island, there’s a unique story behind each one: every bag incorporates a textile from Alison Gledhill’s travels around the globe.
Gledhill started making handbags as a creative outlet when she was 14 years old, and has been running Grace Design full-time since 2010.
“Traveling and buying textiles is passion of mine,” said Gledhill, who has traveled extensively, including to India, Japan, Guatemala, Morocco and Peru. “I find remnants, and try to repurpose and immortalize them by incorporating them into a bag.”
The resulting products are sold through her website, gracedesign.ca, as well as to stores across Canada, and a few in the U.S. Each product listing has a detailed description that explains its origins. “I want to educate my audience on the place that the materials came from and how the product was made,” said Gledhill.